"A wonderfully written book, ironical, cerebral, elegant."
Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review
"She writes a prose that lends itself to magnificent set pieces of fastidious sensuality
dreams, myths, fairy tales, metamorphoses, the unruly unconscious, epic journeys, and a highly sensual celebration of sexuality in both its most joyous and darkest manifestations."
"Carter not only switches her narrative into the wholly explicit but turns the passive predicament of the heroine into one in which the convention of female role-playing seems to have no part, only brisk and derisisve common sense, the best feminine tactic in a tight corner. The tales are retold by Angla Carter with all her supple and intoxicating bravura."
The New York Review of Books
"She was, among other things, a quirky, original, and baroque styleist, a trait especially marked in The Bloody Chamber – her vocabulary a mix of finely tuned phrase, luscious adjective, witty aphorism, and hearty, up-theirs vulgarity."
Margaret Atwood, The Observer
Angela Carter (1940 -1992) wrote nine novels and numerous short stories, as well as nonfiction, radio plays, and the screenplay for Neil Jordan's 1984 movie The Company of Wolves, based on her story. She won numerous literary awards, traveled and taught widely in the United States, and lived in London.
I first read this book in college and it has become one of my all-time favorites. In this collection of short stories, Angela Carter takes the fairytales, nursery rhymes, and the... Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2002 by Mr. Ugly
This book is very well written and I really enjoyed some of the stories. I found some of them a bit too gory for my taste. But the Bloody Chamber is great and The courtship of Mr. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2002
Before it was trendy to adapt fairy tale themes into adult fiction, there was Angela Carter.
In _The Bloody Chamber_, Carter works with a variety of fairy tale and folkloric... Read more
"The Bloody Chamber" is a work of literature which transcends genre and unearths the thinly veiled erotic elements of the fairy tale form. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2001 by "villette"
Listen up kiddies, Tanith Lee has NOTHING on Carter, neither does anyone else who supposedly writes in THE GENRE. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2000 by Janine Koenig
Carter's collection of reworked faerie and folk tales is quite amazing. She succintly carves out the heart of the story and places it in a new form. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2000 by "blissengine"
Do you have the courage to enter Angela Carter's quirky realm of magical realism? She is brilliant. BRILLIANT! Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2000 by CoffeeGurl
What a lush and disturbing collection of stories! My brilliant, London-dwelling sister lent me her copy and I have been entranced. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2000 by Renaaah