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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classic (March 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141192380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141192383
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,064,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An unashamed fantasist, a fabulist of daemonic energy' The Times 'Angela Carter is a genius' -- Victoria Glendinning

About the Author

Angela Carter was born in 1940 of a Scottish father and Yorkshire mother. She read English at Bristol University, and after escaping an early marriage went to live in Japan for a number of years. She wrote nine novels, which blend fantasy, science fiction and gothic, and is often referred to as a writer of magic realism. She died in 1992. Robert Lowell Coover (born February 4, 1932) is an American author and professor in the Literary Arts program at Brown University. He is one of America's pioneering postmodernists. Coover currently splits his time between the USA and London.

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I've read several Angela Carter novels--all of them great, but "Heroes and Villains" disappointed. After the glorious reading offered by "The Magic Toyshop" and "Several Perceptions," I had high expectations for "Heroes and Villains" which it sadly did not meet. A decent novel altogether but it lacks Carter's magical prose and she fails to create a convincing post-apocalyptic world. Furthermore, Marianne and Jewel are not very interesting characters. It is an ambitious story clearly influenced by the guru movement of the 1960's, and although its message is still pertinent, the novel itself feels more like an artifact of the flower power generation. Instead, I would recommend "The Magic Toyshop," "Several Perceptions," "Nights at the Circus" and "The Bloody Chamber" for anyone deeply interested in Angela Carter.
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By A Customer on Sept. 30 1998
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An astonishing little book describing the throes of a woman caught up in a hopeless post-apocalyptic world. Beautifully written, in a dark, haunting, extistential style.
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By A Customer on June 11 1999
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beautiful, haunting, thought provoking..
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e06e9a8) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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HASH(0x9db9b600) out of 5 stars Savage love April 2 2011
By Jay Dickson - Published on Amazon.com
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Angela Carter's 1969 novel, while difficult to find in the United States, is an important work in her oeuvre: it marked her willingness to be hampered less by the demands of realism (the bounds of which she had pushed in her previous novels given their obsessive interest in fantasy) and to give full rein to her interest in the fantastic. In many ways, this short novel is a reworking of the basic story of her previous and better-known work THE MAGIC TOYSHOP, where a young girl is violently transported from the home of her upbringing to a savage and dreamlike realm dominated by a vicious patriarchal enchanter figure, except here we are now more firmly in the genre of fantasy fiction: her Marianne lives in a concrete-constructed world of the Professors and Soldiers, the last bulwark of civilization after a great nuclear war, and she is carried away by a "barbarian" named Jewel to the jungles that now infest Great Britain. (At the point of Marianne's transition, Carter's prose becomes much less sterile and assumes the richer and more dense qualities readers more often associate with her work.) Although the rogue professor living among and dominating the barbarians is an opponent for Marianne, her more complex antagonism is with Jewel, who becomes first her friend, then her rapist, and finally her husband. It might well be that the discomfiting relations of power and sex between the two characters, which are quite difficult to fit into current contemporary paradigms of relations between the sexes, is why this novel is not better known among Carter's work. (The nothing title, which Carter took from the famous Beach Boys song, is also likely a reason.) But it's a rich and fascinating fiction, and deserves to be read.
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d959f3c) out of 5 stars A book that has not aged well May 6 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've read several Angela Carter novels--all of them great, but "Heroes and Villains" disappointed. After the glorious reading offered by "The Magic Toyshop" and "Several Perceptions," I had high expectations for "Heroes and Villains" which it sadly did not meet. A decent novel altogether but it lacks Carter's magical prose and she fails to create a convincing post-apocalyptic world. Furthermore, Marianne and Jewel are not very interesting characters. It is an ambitious story clearly influenced by the guru movement of the 1960's, and although its message is still pertinent, the novel itself feels more like an artifact of the flower power generation. Instead, I would recommend "The Magic Toyshop," "Several Perceptions," "Nights at the Circus" and "The Bloody Chamber" for anyone deeply interested in Angela Carter.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d81ead4) out of 5 stars Overwhelming June 1 2010
By L. LaRue - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading this book is like being covered with dead leaves and undergoing a personal process of transformation into the most potently fertile mulch, if this can be done as poetry and with vitality and supernatural grace.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d81e018) out of 5 stars Brilliant Sept. 30 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An astonishing little book describing the throes of a woman caught up in a hopeless post-apocalyptic world. Beautifully written, in a dark, haunting, extistential style.
HASH(0x9e0a7180) out of 5 stars Emotional and intense. Nov. 7 2015
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An emotional, intense story that takes place after a world wide holocaust. Do not expect to be uplifted. At the same time, expect deeply moving moments. There are tragedies and a love story, shows of courage, and complete foolishness. In other words this is a book about humanity and all its failings set in a time when the basic challenges of survival highlight both the basest and most courageous human qualities. I will read this book again because the writing is so expressive, so eloquent, and, I will definitely be reading other works by Angela Carter.

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