Love

Love WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY AUDREY NIFFENEGGERLove is Angela Carter s fifth novel and was first published in With surgical precision it charts the destructive emotional war between a young woman her

  • Title: Love
  • Author: Angela Carter
  • ISBN: 9780701132149
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY AUDREY NIFFENEGGERLove is Angela Carter s fifth novel and was first published in 1971 With surgical precision it charts the destructive emotional war between a young woman, her husband and his disruptive brother as they move through a labyrinth of betrayal, alienation and lost connections This revised edition has lost none of Angela Carter s hauntWITH AN INTRODUCTION BY AUDREY NIFFENEGGERLove is Angela Carter s fifth novel and was first published in 1971 With surgical precision it charts the destructive emotional war between a young woman, her husband and his disruptive brother as they move through a labyrinth of betrayal, alienation and lost connections This revised edition has lost none of Angela Carter s haunting power to evoke the ebb of the 1960s, and includes an afterword which describes the progress of the survivors into the anguish of middle age.

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    1. i thought Angela was handing me a flute full of bubbly champagne but it turned out to be a glass of spicy vinegar from a jar of pickled peppers & sausages. Angela, you vicious trickster. still, i found the taste to be surprisingly interesting. maybe not refreshing or pleasing to the taste buds but interesting! i quickly finished the whole glass.Love - a title steeped in so much sick irony, given the novel's cruel narrative and its wintry themes - is about an insane young lady, her beau, his [...]

    2. There are so many books filled with unnecessary words, overwriting at its worst, allowing the reader to come and go mentally into the reading. Sometimes a reader is present. Sometimes a reader is not. Angela Carter writes only the words that are necessary, each sentence says exactly what it needs to, no more and no less. It's strangely beautiful, in a twisted sort of way. A reader doesn't exactly want to like it because what does it say about the reader to feel such excitement for these words? I [...]

    3. Bristol GothicThe three protagonists of this 1969 novel "moved disinterestedly in the floating world centred loosely upon the art school, the university and the second-hand trade and made their impermanent homes in the sloping, terraced hillside where the Irish, the West Indians and the more adventurous of the students lived in old, decaying houses where rents were low."We aren't expressly told the name of the city, although Angela Carter refers to it as "provincial" and it's generally believed [...]

    4. Wow. I loved this highly evocative and condensed account of a doomed lover’s triangle, where two brothers and a mentally disturbed female arts student clash in gradually more violent spirals of love and hate. She eventually marries the one brother, but then feels attracted towards the other. Uh oh.The writing is intense, as well as remarkably visual and sensual, with every word chosen for maximum impact. In a deliciously wry Afterword, Angela Carter even projects some of these damaged characte [...]

    5. odlican roman, privukao me je zbog kratkog i sveobuhvatnog naslova. a i slabo sam citala zenske autore (jos jedan razlog). procitala sam je u jednom dahu, bez prekida, to bi trebalo da govori dosta o zanimljivosti stila/spisateljicinoj moci pripovedanja. preporucila bih je onima koji vole da se uplicu u tudje zivote, posebno neobicne prvenstveno. tri glavna (fantasticna) aktera: Anabela, Baz i Li (skrajnute, autenticne licnosti) necu vise nista reci, koga zagolica neka sam otkriva vezu i problem [...]

    6. A beautiully written, intriguing but also quite horrible and disturbing book about a disturbed young women cught in a mutually destructive love triangle with two predatory brothers. Carter called it 'a sinister feat of male impersonation' in her afterword which updates us on the lives of the characters, and in which the rather nasty portrayal of the women is redressed. Not a comfortable read, but a complex and dazzling one. The sexualised violence in this book is not easy to read as Carter adres [...]

    7. As morbid and gothic as they come, this early novel (her first, I think) is about two somewhat damaged brothers and the very unstable woman who falls into their orbit. It's a full-blown tragedy and melodrama given a sheen of exoticism by Carter's eye for the bizarre and instinct for making unlikely characters seem somehow believable. I give it full points because it is a gripping read at a concise length, wonderfully written, sometimes to excess, and, without the afterword added in the 80s, incr [...]

    8. I can't say I liked this book, but I have to give it two stars because Angela Carter's writing is so perfect, every word well chosen and well placed. The characters are unpleasant and the story mesmerising in its destructive horribleness, which made it brilliant and at the same time deeply unlikeable.

    9. "One day, Annabel saw the sun and moon in the sky at the same time. The sight filled her with a terror which entirely consumed her and did not leave her until the night closed in catastrophe for she had no instinct for self-preservation if she was confronted by ambiguities."As LOVE suggests, madmen are the aristocracy of the working class - made independent and idle in thier madness, by their inability to function as expected. Rich folk, on the other hand, are merely crazy and indulged.The three [...]

    10. While slight, this book is not a quick read. The layers of emotional denial and destruction that these characters have faced -- and perpetuate on one another -- can really only be evoked by Carter's lyricism. These are not characters that are likable, they are not really even very interesting; but the self-destructive behaviors in which they engage are. Carter illustrates this through emotional projection; characters work out their neuroses and problems on other characters. It's not healthy, it' [...]

    11. This book was so well-written that I could have given it a fourth stars had the characters been more likable. However, this is one of those stories where the characters are NOT supposed to be likable and this, in fact, works very well with the book. The characters are depicted so masterfully you could almost image knowing them in real life. And yet, these are highly flawed people with not enough redeeming qualities to make you truly like them. So I guess I could have given the book a better rati [...]

    12. An incredibly bleak, painfully unpleasant novel about three unstable people going through the motions of being human. It's the earliest work I've read from Angela Carter, and gives us an image of the 60s as a gothic nightmare. It's a overwritten but beautifully overwritten, and full of gorgeous insights about what it means to try and fail to be human. Probably the most impressive thing though is how atmospheric and compelling it all feels, despite some elements that bothered me about the charact [...]

    13. “He lost his first optimism as he saw she grew no closer to the common world by mingling with it; rather, she enhanced her own awareness of her difference from it and grew proud.”Angela Carter’s writing style lures the reader into the web of her dark tale of marrieds Lee and Annabel and Lee’s brother, Buzz. Such clever language makes imbibing the intricacies of their sadistic relationship palatable; but beware: their decline is steep, and threatens to leave the reader more damaged and de [...]

    14. The beginning was a little shaky, but once the story was under way this thing read like a really stellar Belle and Sebastian song. I loved it! Sexual revolutionary why-nots, hash, Marxist nonsense, and a dash of magical realism. Crazy good story of fraternal fear and loathing in provincial Brittan (with a really strange meta-narrative afterword at the end). I read it in a day. Couldn't put it down.

    15. Three totally insane people living together, only one of them not diagnosed as insane. This story is difficult to follow for a couple of reasons. First the logic is that of the characters and second the writers vocabulary is much greater than mine.This is not causal reading.

    16. It's a haunting little book and I'll need to read it again to get to the heart of it. Carter trapped me in the world of her three unreliable narrators and I came away some what disturbed. I don't know if I like it, but it certainly weights on me mind.

    17. I was a child and she was a child,In this kingdom by the sea;But we loved with a love that was more than love-I and my Annabel Lee;With a love that the winged seraphs of heavenCoveted her and me.-Edgar Allen Poe, Annabel LeeLove probably sounds like a grotesque, debauched soap opera. It's okay. This means we are in Angela Carter territory. Rather than write a novel or a short story, I often feel like Angela Carter's books are a series of ideas that are hidden by layers and layers of trigger-indu [...]

    18. I know I'm not supposed to compare books but assess every book I read individually, but I can't help it. The first Angela Carter book I read was Nights at the Circus, and I absolutely loved it - it was one of the most delightful books I'd ever come across, mostly because it was slightly bizarre. Then I read The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman and now this book, and they're both bizarre, too. That in itself I can appreciate, but not in these cases. It's too outlandish, it doesn't make [...]

    19. The Bloody Chamber it is not :/ I truly wanted to enjoy this novella. TBC is a favorite. Carter's darkly lush writing is unprecedented, and I am always on the lookout for a story of a polygamous relationship that's told well because the concept (to me) is fascinating. So the premise of two brothers living with one girl in 1970's London was too delicious to pass up. Sadly, although the beauty of the language itself does not disappoint, the story itself made me want to read children's books and sc [...]

    20. This was my first, sit down, and meet and greet with the work of Angela Carter. I've done the academic skim of her oeuvre, and so LOVE didn't exactly fit what I'd come to expect of her work. I was expecting more fabulism and surrealism than naturalism. It was well written, well paced, but it reminded me too much of Leonard Cohen's BEAUTIFUL LOSERS, a novel I never truly got and appreciated in the way everyone else seems too. In any case, the older Penguin version I have has a great afterword tha [...]

    21. Wow. I read an interview with Eileen Myles and she said this is the book she re-reads the most. I see why now. It's short and dark but packed with some pretty delicious complex lyricism.

    22. "Love" was addictive yet so painful and dark, I felt all the certainties tremble and the air stuffy and foul all around and inside me while I was trapped by it.The book tells the clashing of three very different persons who should have never meet, thus their encounter obviously leads to tragedy. It's a caustic and lucid portrait of the complexity of human relationships which gets quite disturbing as it displays with surgical precision the need to connect with the ones we love and the impossibili [...]

    23. I adore Angela Carter - the weirdness of her stories, the asperity of emotion that spills across her language, the surrealism of the 20th century banality she depicted. This is one of her earlier books and it's about the 60s and the class mobility and confusion bred by access to education and the welfare state. It's about free love and the 'invention of sex' and how the promise of that time was squandered for many women. But I guess that's what it's really about. What the book itself is about is [...]

    24. To prance through the spiderwebs of Angela Carter, is more than getting fascinated with her name and her geeky and sort of erotic face staring still from the back cover, it is to come home to a queen-sized bed after an overtime shift at work. but she won't let you sleep, she will touch your back and taste your face and taste your reflections. in this novel, three crazy people, not just teeny hipsters, meld in a tiny apartment and beyond. Lee and Buzz were brothers, Lee was married to Annabel. Le [...]

    25. Carter herself describes this book better than I can in the strange two-decade delayed afterword when she calls it an 'almost sinister feat of male impersonation' with a 'penetrating aroma of unhappiness.' It's at once a starkly intimate look at a twisted love affair and, by virtue of the way it whips perspective from paragraph to paragraph an almost universal one; showcasing the sadness, degradation, devolution of character and dirtying of thought that comes with love. The flip-side of the fair [...]

    26. First, let me say that Angela Carter is the absolute wordsmith. She writes like some would embroider golden threads on a tapestry. Every sentence is a work of art. I always feel immensely rewarded when I read her work.In Love, we are the witness of this weird destructive love triangle between a neurotic girl and two brothers. It felt like being projected in a drama/art school where every students' feelings are exacerbated or like living with the Chenowiths in Six Feet Under.Favourite quote: Thei [...]

    27. "Good taste is not a significant attribute of this novel," Angela Carter wrote in her Afterword to the 1987 revised edition of Love, which is very well-written - wordy, ornate, lush, captivating, repellent, and cold, all at the same time - and quite unpleasant. Its three main characters, and indeed the supporting cast, are all very unlikable. I've never met anyone like them, and hope I never have to, but while they feel unreal, they are not unrealistic: recognisable, but with all their attribute [...]

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