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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories - Book Review

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Published March 17th 2013
Death, sex and power all in 300 pages


Great novels are a god send in crap weather because we can escape to other worlds while the wind rages outside. Carter is a great writer to escape with.

Her writing is decadent, passionate, depressing, hopeful and destructive all in one. The Bloody Chamber in particular, I think is probably her greatest story. It tells the story of a young girl marrying for money to a much older man. The story begins with the young girl on a train, with her newly bought trousseau; she is about to start her new life.

The language is incredibly rich, making you feel everything just as the protagonist does. All the words have a sensual quality to them; much of the story is there to make you shudder with pain or pleasure. The story is also a great testament to the bond between mothers and daughters.

There are lots of other stories in the book of women becoming tigers, babies born of blood in the snow and fathers gambling away their children. Many of them are new versions of fairy tales with a dark edge. Angela Carter is a great writer and this is well worth a read!
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