Wise children

by Carter, Angela, 1940-1992.

Format: Print Book 1992
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Collection  Fiction
The bewitching last novel from the heralded Angela Carter-a tale as bawdy, tender, unpredictable, and magical as its main characters, the song-and-dance twam of twin sisters, Dora and Nora Chance.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Dora and Nora Chance are twin septuagenarians, the illegitimate and estranged daughters of Sir Melchior Hazard, England's most celebrated actor. The occasion of Melchior's one-hundredth birthday inspires Dora to take stock of her colorful family's ribald lore. Full of vim and vigor, not to mention sass and mischief, Dora takes us by the hand and leads us through a dizzying dance of adultery, secret patrimony, and high jinks of all sorts. The course of her tangled tale follows the decline of the Hazard theatrical tradition from the tragic end of the glorious days of Shakespearean acting to Hollywood shenanigans and pathetic TV appearances. The theatrical gene in the sisters' blood was just strong enough to bring them to the stage as showgirls, and they proceeded to party their way across England and the U.S. until their retirement. Mesmerizing, lusty, and charming, the plot is as knotted and absurd as any melodrama, with a friendly nod and wink to Shakespeare, and liberally spiked with shrewd observations about the nature of families, love, and the tireless energy of women. A real dazzler from one of Britain's premier writers. ~--Donna Seaman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Carter, who died this year, delivers comic writing of the highest order in this giddy tale of a highly eccentric British theatrical family. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women entertainers -- Fiction.
Illegitimate children -- Fiction.
Older women -- Fiction.
Sisters -- Fiction.
Twins -- Fiction.
London (England) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Farrar, Straus & Giroux,1992
Edition 1st American edition.
Language English
Notes "First published in 1991 by Chatto & Windus, London"--T.p. verso.
Description 234 pages
ISBN 0374291330 :
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