The Magic Toyshop
In this, her second novel, (awarded the 1967 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize) Angela Carter’s brilliant imagination and starting intensity of style explore and extend the nature and boundaries of love. One night Melanie walks through the garden in her mother’s wedding dress. The next morning her world is shattered. Forced to leave the home of her childhood, she is sent to live with relatives she has never met: gentle Aunt Margaret, mute since her wedding day; and her brothers, Francie and Finn. Brooding over all is Uncle Philip, who loves only the toys he makes in his workshop: clockwork roses and puppets that are life-size – and uncannily life-like.
‘Beneath its contemporary surface, this novel shimmers with blurred echoes-from Lewis Carroll, from ‘Giselle’ and ‘Coppelia,’ Harlequin and Punch…. It leaves behind it a flavor, pungent and unsettling’ (New York Times)
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