The Magic Toyshop (Virago Modern Classic)
|Author:||Angela Carter; Carmen Callil (Introduction by)|
|Series:||VMC Designer Collection|
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 lifelike.
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 * She can glide from ancient to modern, from darkness to luminosity, from depravity to comedy without any hint of strain and without losing the elusive power of the original tales * The Times * Her writing is pyrotechnic - fuelled with ideas, packed with images and spangling the night sky with her starry language * Observer * The boldest of English women writers * Lorna Sage *