Nächte im Zirkus : Roman

Nächte im Zirkus : Roman

Angela Carter / May 31, 2020

N chte im Zirkus Roman Folgen Sie Angela Carter in das neue Zeitalter treffen Sie Fevvers die Cockney Venus die ber hmteste Trapezk nstlerin aller Zeiten der ganz Europa was sage ich die ganze Welt zu F en liegt intim

  • Title: Nächte im Zirkus : Roman
  • Author: Angela Carter
  • ISBN: 9783423110488
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • Folgen Sie Angela Carter in das neue Zeitalter, treffen Sie Fevvers, die Cockney Venus, die ber hmteste Trapezk nstlerin aller Zeiten, der ganz Europa was sage ich, die ganze Welt zu F en liegt, intime Freundin von Toulouse Lautrec, eine Suleika Dobson der Music Hall und Jack, der ihr v llig verfallen ist Treffen Sie Lizzie, die Hexe, und Samson, den starken Mann, diFolgen Sie Angela Carter in das neue Zeitalter, treffen Sie Fevvers, die Cockney Venus, die ber hmteste Trapezk nstlerin aller Zeiten, der ganz Europa was sage ich, die ganze Welt zu F en liegt, intime Freundin von Toulouse Lautrec, eine Suleika Dobson der Music Hall und Jack, der ihr v llig verfallen ist Treffen Sie Lizzie, die Hexe, und Samson, den starken Mann, die tanzenden Tiger bei Tigern gibt Angela Carter immer ihr Bestes , den sch chternen R uber, die gelehrten Affen des Monsieur Lamarck, die abessinische Prinzessin und Mignon, die nur singt, nie redet, den Gro en Buffo und seine Clowns, den Schamanen, den Zirkusdirektor und Sibyl, sein wahrsagendes Schwein und nat rlich die Elefanten Schlie en Sie sich ihrem Zug durch das zaristische Russland an, folgen Sie Colonel Kearneys sensationellem Zirkus Nichts wird danach sein wie zuvor.

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      • Angela Carter

        Born Angela Olive Stalker in Eastbourne, in 1940, Carter was evacuated as a child to live in Yorkshire with her maternal grandmother As a teenager she battled anorexia She began work as a journalist on the Croydon Advertiser, following in the footsteps of her father Carter attended the University of Bristol where she studied English literature.She married twice, first in 1960 to Paul Carter They divorced after twelve years In 1969 Angela Carter used the proceeds of her Somerset Maugham Award to leave her husband and relocate for two years to Tokyo, Japan, where she claims in Nothing Sacred 1982 that she learnt what it is to be a woman and became radicalised She wrote about her experiences there in articles for New Society and a collection of short stories, Fireworks Nine Profane Pieces 1974 , and evidence of her experiences in Japan can also be seen in The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman 1972 She was there at the same time as Roland Barthes, who published his experiences in Empire of Signs 1970.She then explored the United States, Asia, and Europe, helped by her fluency in French and German She spent much of the late 1970s and 1980s as a writer in residence at universities, including the University of Sheffield, Brown University, the University of Adelaide, and the University of East Anglia In 1977 Carter married Mark Pearce, with whom she had one son.As well as being a prolific writer of fiction, Carter contributed many articles to The Guardian, The Independent and New Statesman, collected in Shaking a Leg She adapted a number of her short stories for radio and wrote two original radio dramas on Richard Dadd and Ronald Firbank Two of her fictions have been adapted for the silver screen The Company of Wolves 1984 and The Magic Toyshop 1987 She was actively involved in both film adaptations, her screenplays are published in the collected dramatic writings, The Curious Room, together with her radio scripts, a libretto for an opera of Virginia Wolf s Orlando, an unproduced screenplay entitled The Christchurch Murders based on the same true story as Peter Jackson s Heavenly Creatures and other works These neglected works, as well as her controversial television documentary, The Holy Family Album, are discussed in Charlotte Crofts book, Anagrams of Desire 2003.At the time of her death, Carter was embarking on a sequel to Charlotte Bront s Jane Eyre based on the later life of Jane s stepdaughter, Ad le Varens However, only a synopsis survives.Her novel Nights at the Circus won the 1984 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for literature.Angela Carter died aged 51 in 1992 at her home in London after developing lung cancer Her obituary published in The Observer said, She was the opposite of parochial Nothing, for her, was outside the pale she wanted to know about everything and everyone, and every place and every word She relished life and language hugely, and reveled in the diverse.


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    1. Book Circle Read 15The Publisher Says: Is Sophie Fevvers, toast of Europe's capitals, part swanor all fake?Courted by the Prince of Wales and painted by Toulouse-Lautrec, she is an aerialiste extraordinaire and star of Colonel Kearney's circus. She is also part woman, part swan. Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to discover the truth behind her identity. Dazzled by his love for her, and desperate for the scoop of a lifetime, Walser has no choice but to join the circus on its mag [...]


    2. Reviewed in September 2012There are many aspects of the bizarre world of this book that I admire even though it took me a while to get hooked by the story. I was ready to abandon it anytime during the first fifty pages until I came across a remark to the effect that for those who have never seen a match, striking one must seem like magic. Then I understood something of what Carter was trying to do. She implies that since we don't know everything about the mysteries of the natural world, a lot of [...]


    3. Angela Carter's world is, as always, a dirty, earthy, erotic, yet soaringly ethereal place to spend one's time. It is as hard to capture the essence of her tone and her outlook as it is to exactly pin down all of her insightful commentary, as wrapped up in velvet and hidden by veils of fairy dust as they can be. Her earthy, body based, yet highly intellectual feminism is my favorite. Carter makes me feel the pain of and rejoice in the awesomeness of being a woman all at once, and I really connec [...]


    4. Prose - 5 Awesome and fascinating. If only I actually cared about what she was saying.Story - 3 Strangely less interesting than one would expect winged Victorian harlots to be.Characters - 2 Em. Kudos for originality & development, but aside from me caring not a jot about them they had a strangely constructed feel. Aside from being extremely impressed by Carter's writing I didn't care for the book, but I'm definitely willing to try something else of hers.


    5. Well this is probably as much fun as can be had reading, for me anyway. I surrender utterly to the allure of Fevvers; I believed every wonderful word of her story and every page of it yielded some new pleasure to my feminist consciousness. The portrayal of a group of sex-workers (and ridicule of their would-be self-appointed saviours) seemed particularly well-observed to me. On the level of the symbolic, fill yer boots. On the level of prose, this is as extravagantly creative and exuberant as it [...]


    6. Fabulous! I'd been expecting good things from this book, as everyone always tells me how wonderful Angela Carter is, and it certainly delivered! It's a surreal, earthy kind of book, divided into three distinct parts, which largely focus on the introduction of Fevvers (the fabulous cockney winged woman), the days at the circus, and the wilds of Siberia. Hey, I did warn you it was surreal! In this book, the reader encounters intelligent pigs (I LOVED Sybil!), brothel madams who like dressing up as [...]


    7. (Spoilers!!) In the same fantastical circuit as the 1001 Arabian Nights, it is set in a real palette of colors--it's like seeing a Toulouse Lautrec through tears. Carter's brand of magic realism swirled in with comical, cheerful anecdotes is by and large delightful. There is a woman trapeze artist that may be a swan, a tiger attack, and a train derailment. That's the plot. Also, I remember an atrociously charming story about a Thumbelina-like creature with eyes for nipples. Yup. Call it, an adul [...]


    8. Update - A story about stories and illusion.Magic and reading have something in common. It’s that thin wedge that question of what is real and what is fantasy. We know that the magician is doing some trick, but we just can’t get it, can’t figure it out. With books, good ones at least, the trick is the writing taking you someplace else. Books aren’t the only thing that can do this – a good movie, painting, music. It’s this line between reality and fantasy that Carter explores in this [...]


    9. I'm surprised that I took no notes while reading this book. I have a feeling it was because I came so en-rapt in Sophie's tale I forgot all else. Isn't that the point of a good book? Did I say this book is good? Well I will now. This book is good!From the start you wonder if her story really is true when she claims to have been hatched but soon you realize there is something strange going on. Like the reporter, Jack Walser you could swear that you've been listening all night until the clock stri [...]


    10. "«Pensar que te intrujei mesmo, a sério!,» deleitou-se. «Isto só serve para provar que não há nada como a confiança.»"Uma trapezista alada com quase dois metros de altura; um jornalista a fazer de palhaço; uma prostituta com ideias revolucionárias; uma porca pequenina que adivinha o futuro; uma domadora de tigres que se apaixona por uma cantora que valsa com tigres; um homem sem boca; um macaco professor.Uma assassina que aprisiona outras mulheres que, como ela, mataram os maridos.E m [...]


    11. Verdict: Three rings of fractured fairy tales, barely believable characters and fables fallen through the looking glass. ‘Night’s at the Circus’ is too clever by half, too bad it knows it.‘Nights at the Circus’ came to me immediately recommended, which is to say the girl at Waterstones gushed over when I brought it to the counter. Generally I do not care for it when shop staff accost me with unsolicited conversation because I am, to use the medical terminology, “painfully awkward.” [...]


    12. Is this Angela Carter's epic? Quiet possibly. It's enormous, majestic, confounding even as fascinating, unwieldy with determination to fill in every backstory that would otherwise go overlooked, poised at the edge of the 20th century and so encompassing all of its bitter disillusion. The breadth of characters and otherwise passed-over stories-within-stories rivals Pynchon, as does the way that in which both interrogate reality in earnest through application of elaborate systems of meaning in whi [...]


    13. '“The child’s laughter is pure until he first laughs at a clown.”'In 2012, the 'Best of James Tait Black' culled together its tributes from the past near-century, and declared Angela Carter's novel, Nights at the Circus, the best fiction novel out of its history of winners - and therefore, as the novel of the century. Wonderfully fitting for a novel which masks itself on the chaotic cusp of the twentieth-century, where time begins to fall into a state of gaudy entropy; thus Nights at the C [...]


    14. When I read Angela Carter, I imagine her as the literary grandmother to someone like Kelly Link. There's an eccentric tone of fantasy, an unabashed outlandishness and roguish word-play; there's a thread of challenge running through the narrative, sometimes cleverly concealed and sometimes out in front like so much gaudy embroidery. Carter is a master storyteller with a remarkable gift for language and a willingness to take risks on any front.But all of the above I already knew from my introducti [...]


    15. I was delightfully surprised that I liked this gothic, magical realism type of novel where the principal protagonist is a tall, long-haired, round-faced woman WITH WINGS. Usually, plots like this, including those in science fiction, would be too heavy a task for me to appreciate because I have this little devil inside my ear who, as I read, continuously whispers to me not true, invented, can't ever happen, just pulling your leg, you're wasting your time, better read others, etc.Add to these is t [...]


    16. In typical Angela Carter fashion, "Nights at the Circus" appeals to our baser human instincts by attempting to shock us with freaks, incest, cannibalism, and excrement. The whole time I was reading it, I called it my albatross. Since I had gotten past page 50 (every book gets a 50 page chance from me) due to the book's, at times, lyrical and surreal beauty, I felt violated by so much ugliness in the book's second half. But by then, I had to finish it. It took me an entire month to read this nove [...]


    17. i don't get it! :(I mean, the tale is fantastic, in all senses of the word. The premise of a winged amazon-like girl, brought up by a house of whores, who ends up an aerialiste in a circus, already requires a suspension of belief. The hapless Jack Walser, a journalist who interviews Fevvers (as in Feathers, you dig?) and falls in love with her, who then does everyone's childhood dream of running away to join the circus, goes through many trials and tribulations, heck, as does Fevvers and her fos [...]



    18. For me it was, more than anything else, a case of words versus images.Somewhere in the first twenty pages, our heroine after so enchantingly delighting the audience to her performance, does an act-an act that would've been so ghastly indecent to the typical Victorian. . "Better out than in, Sir" - she says to the narrator set out to inscribe her identity, and lets a ripping fart ring around the room. After a taste of her as an image, an icon, "the aerialiste", the reader should not forget her bo [...]


    19. The carnavelesque atmosphere gave it an almost gothic cast (though it was set too late to really be gothic) similarily it brought to mind steam-punk without really being that either. The whole clock that strikes midnight continuously, the speculations about the wings being "fake" all fits into the world of the brothels, houses of horror and circuses and creates this fantastical almost-realist picture (which of course eventually Carter stunningly rips to shreds, leaving the reader feeling suddenl [...]


    20. Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter is apparently a classic. It has many spectacular scenes and Carter's usual surrealism. It plays itself out like a fabulous carnival.I've enjoyed other works of Angela Carter: The Magic Toyshop, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, and Burning Your Boats. Maybe I can't imaginatively sustain Carter's wild surrealism for a full-length novel. But despite some wonderful moments in the story of Sophie Fevvers' trapeze fame as a woman with full-size wings and the [...]


    21. excellent fable of humanity mixing feminism with picaresque adventure. Memorable characters, excellent use of language, humor, adventure, philosophy, militancy, kindness, grotesque tableaux vivants, introspection and ultimately love.Strongly recommended


    22. I feel like I should've read this before reading either 'The Night Circus' or 'Mechanique' - and I feel like now I've got a better background in surrealist circus fiction.I have to admit, I didn't love this book as much as I loved 'The Night Circus' - but I think it's probably a better work of literature. There's a lot here to think about; it's rich and complex.On the surface, it's the story of Fevvers - a circus star, a winged woman with a trapeze act, who decides to tell her story - fact or fi [...]


    23. Ronald Firbank! Of course, Ronald Firbank was smart enough to not let it go on for too long. Bits:"A redoubtable corset of the kind called an Iron Maiden poked out of the empty coalscuttle like the pink husk of a giant prawn emerging from its den, trailing long laces like several sets of legs.""So Walser survived the plague in Setzuan, the assegai in Africa, a sharp dose of buggery in a bedouin tent beside the Damascus road and much more,""the King of Portugal gave her a skipping rope of egg-sha [...]


    24. When I was 13 years old, I went to a traveling circus with a friend who was a year older than I and his family. When we walked in, we passed a somewhat nerdy teenage kid who was wearing glasses and was sitting on a railing. For whatever reason, he called my friend a mama's boy, and my friend wanted to go at him. I convinced my friend to let it go and he did. Later, during the circus show, the nerdy kid, minus his glasses and looking much less nerdy, appeared in the ring and proceeded to do an ac [...]


    25. If ever a story defied categorisation and deconstruction, here it sits!Luxuriously lyrical and peopled by a huge cast of cacophonous eccentrics, such that the reader cannot begin to keep track of each one, it is as if Angela Carter went to every length to make her tale as chaotic and exceptionally unbelievable as possible. Above all else, it celebrates the ridiculous and the unexplainable, the surreal and the dazzlingly grotesque. Here is evidence that plot need not follow a clear arc, and that [...]


    26. Don't read this book if you don't like two bit words or truly independent women, the ones who like men but don't need them for much of anything. Nights at the Circus doesn't do anything by halves, whether it's description or detail.The nineteenth century is coming to a close, with all the fevered hothouse passion of an era using up the last of itself before it runs out of time. As the book begins, a seemingly nonchalant young reporter is interviewing "Fevvers", an aerialiste who may or may not b [...]


    27. Ok, I admit, at first, the book started a little too heavily for me. The first third is dedicated to Fevvers telling her life story to Walser, entertaining the press, as she put it, and of course it was constructed in a way that was supposed to entertain the obvious - full of long words, rampant exclamations. Much like Sophi, it was boisterous, emotional, overblown. But that style died as soon as it was time for Carter's economic, elegant narration.Weird way to start a review? Here's why - autho [...]


    28. I wish there was a Wiki page devoted to compiling all the works that in some way involve sex workers and yet were not written by sex workers so I wouldn't have to hand wave at some vague immensity and prepare for sealioning trolls to come a' flocking. This is an especially flexible trope: shot of grief, dash of rage, hint of contempt, interjection of the abject, quantum of hope, tidbit of character development, uplift of humanity; anyway you want it(/her), that's the way you need it(/her). The n [...]


    29. Darkly fantastic, phrases of pure brilliance, mysterious and raunchy and beautiful by turnsI've never been much for circus tales, but the question of a woman with wings walking the line between human and bird? Oh yes. And she is glorious, beautiful, larger than life, greedy and bawdy and compassionate. In the hands of a man Fevvers would have been yet another man-eater, all devouring succubus, but this is told from the point of view of a woman. A hell of a woman. And it is not her that men succu [...]


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