Mean As Custard (calico_pye) wrote,
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Reading Angela Carter's 'Nights at the Circus'


Nights at the Circus - another day, another book, another unreliable narrator cum 'cor blimey' cockney show girl. As per normal, I didn't get a lot done, but I have at least started and am 20 pages in. About 280 pages to go and if looks as if the reporter is trying to reveal 'Fevvers' the show's flying girl as an 'elaborate hoax'.  Again, I will not be discussing this book re quoting/citing yourself yaddayadda, suffice to say that Carter conjures up a vast array of sights, sounds and smells, which produces a classic response in the reader.

With Wise Children, it crossed my mind that this dissertation was following an 'all the fun of the fair' persona, not to mention a tad of the ol' freak show making an appearance.  Good Vs Evil, Illusion Vs Delusion, Mainstream Vs Fringe. Binaries. Something is trying to catch my attention here.  There was a TV series on HBO called Carnivale (starring Clea Duvall, Nick Stahl and Clancy Brown), which had me rivetted to my seat.  Think I might be getting the box set very soon.  I think there is something about the Carnivale format, which could be important to my work.
Tags: angela carter, ba english yr 3, carnivale, grindstone files - year 3, major dissertation, nights at the circus
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