Mean As Custard (calico_pye) wrote,
Mean As Custard

Reading Angela Carter's 'Nights at the Circus': Petersburg (p.100)

Vintage Russian Circus Posters - 10

Fevvers has managed to slip away from religious maniac Christian Rosencreuz, narrowly escaping being sacrificed as part as a spring ritual (from what I can remember, the Rosicrucians are meant to be fairly benign lot - wonder if AC is hinting that they are not?).  Most of the text has been third person omniscent narrator, but now they move into Petersburg and it feels as if there has been an exchange of narrators and yet another omniscent narrator has taken the former's place.  The atmosphere has got a more 'Barnum-esque' feel to it and I have just been introduced to Colonel Kearney and his psychic pig, Sybil.  Surreal doesn't even begin to sum up the book and I have about 47 pages before I am half way through.  Both series of Carnivale turned up today, so I think I will be watching them soon.  'All the Fun of the Fair', eh?

I am pleased to note that Student Finance have (finally!!) approved my submission and emails have confirmed my last two modules - 'Laughing Matters: Satire' and the 'Project in Critical Writing (major dissertation).'  Timetable slot has disappeared from the DLE, though - which bothers me.  Still not sure which angle to approach Carter and I want to start planning my PP soon, hinged on my so-far-elusive argument.  I think if I can get half way tonight and finish the book by the weekend, I can take some time off and enjoy the late summer days (think a coach trip somewhere with some sunny pix to boot).
Tags: angela carter, ba english yr 3, grindstone files - year 3, major dissertation, nights at the circus, the rosicrucians

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