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The Magic Toyshop por Angela Carter
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The Magic Toyshop (original 1967; edição 1992)

por Angela Carter (Autor)

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This crazy world whirled around her, men and women dwarfed by toys and puppets, where even the birds are mechanical and the few human figures went masked... She was in the night once again, and the doll was herself.' Melanie walks in the midnight garden, wearing her mother's wedding dress; naked she climbs the apple tree in the black of the moon. Omens of disaster, swiftly following, transport Melanie from rural comfort to London, to the Magic Toyshop. To the red-haired, dancing Finn, the gentle Francie, dumb Aunt Margaret and Uncle Phillip. Francie plays curious night music, Finn kisses fifteen-year-old Melanie in the mysterious ruins of the pleasure gardens. Brooding over all is Uncle Philip: Uncle Philip, with blank eyes the colour of wet newspaper, making puppets the size of men, and clockwork roses. He loves his magic puppets, but hates the love of man for woman, boy for girl, brother for sister...… (mais)
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Título:The Magic Toyshop
Autores:Angela Carter (Autor)
Informação:Virago Modern Classics (1992), Edition: Third Printing, 204 pages
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The Magic Toyshop por Angela Carter (1967)

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As I mentioned recently, I am taking part on a reading challenge, and this book fits one of the tasks. So I picked it up without much knowledge or expectation. I was blown away with the first chapter, the story of Melanie, a 15 year old discovering her own body and femininity. There was a rawness and sincerity in the narration that I don't remember encountering before. However, as the story progresses, I feel it lost its reason of being.

Angela Carter's writing is dark and dense, full of sexual tension, but it is as if this voice didn't find a strong enough story to tell, or at least, was not able to develop this story beyond a nightmarish plot. That the story has elements of magical realism does not excuse the feeling of predictability of the ending, or the gracious incest between siblings, which comes out of nowhere It feels as a story that could had been great, but missed the mark because it tried too hard. I am still giving it 3 stars, because the voice of Melanie portraits the fear and excitement of discovering one's sexuality with much honesty. ( )
  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
I really loved [b:The Bloody Chamber|49011|The Bloody Chamber|Angela Carter|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1170357108s/49011.jpg|47950], and I do like Carter's writing. Even in this book, which had a story that I just didn't connect with, I loved her words (So, two stars instead of one). She paints wonderful pictures with them.

My problems with this book weren't with any technical aspects, but it falls in the same category as Atwood's [b:Oryx and Crake|46756|Oryx and Crake|Margaret Atwood|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/511NV8YGWPL._SL75_.jpg|3143431] for me. They're great books, with fantastic world building and awesome characterization. And I just DO NOT like them.

Because inside my brain I am a cranky old lady.

Okay, not really. Mostly it's because I feel the pull of the stories too deeply, and they don't pull me in a direction I want to go. Good writers have written some of my least favorite books, precisely BECAUSE they are so good at their writing. Such is the case here. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
Although familiar with her short stories, I'd not read any of Angela Carter's novels. At about 200 pages, "The Magic Toyshop" is as strange and wonderful as any of Carter's shorter works. ( )
  nmele | Dec 5, 2019 |
My Title: A compelling and tragic tale of three orphaned children. But still a wonderful story!

This splendid book was first published in 1967. The Magic Toyshop won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1969. From the very first page it became obvious to me - this is a creative and very well written story, in a beautiful and effective writing style.

The story begins with Melanie (15), Jonathon (12), and Victoria (5), living in the beautiful countryside, under the care of their housekeeper, Mrs Rundle. (She's looking after the children while their parents were away on a lecture tour, in America)
I loved the moment when Melanie (unable to sleep on a hot summer's night) finds herself wearing her mother's wedding-dress. It was far too big! - Nevertheless, this excited, beautiful girl felt the urge and desire to go out into the garden, in her bare feet and embrace her sublime feelings, in the enchanting moonlight.
What happened next was very humorous and most amusing to read - but an unfortunate incident for young Melanie! (I'm sorry, but I'm not going to reveal the outcome!)

Unfortunately, tragedy soon strikes for the three children, when they are informed their mummy and daddy have died in an aeroplane accident, in America. The children are taken to London to live with relatives they have never met. Uncle Philip was a toymaker. He lived with his long-suffering wife, Margaret and her two brothers, Francie and Finn.
It soon became apparent to the unfortunate children that this family were poverty stricken. Their lives and circumstances had therefore changed forever.

Uncle Philip was a stern disciplinarian, and he took little notice of the three children. He cared more about his workshop and his wooden creations, than his family. Indeed, he had a brutal and fearsome relationship with Finn. However, Aunt Margaret treated Victoria like her own child, ably assisted by the caring Melanie. Jonathon enjoyed working in the workshop. He was encouraged by Uncle Philip to indulge himself in his passion for making models. In the meantime, Melanie was coming-of-age and she took a growing interest in the volatile Finn.

What follows is an intense and interesting story. Creative, sensuality, rich in colours, with emotional feelings, and endless impressions. You will enjoy reading about the fluctuating relationship between Melanie and Finn.

The climax of this story occurs over the Christmas period. Uncle Philip discovers a dark secret about his wife, Margaret and needless to say, all hell breaks out! - Finn's deliberately broken and destroyed Philip's beloved puppet-toy-swan, and he suddenly fears for his life! - With the house already on fire, a frenzy occurs, and it all ends in an abrupt and bizarre finale!

I found this an entertaining story with interesting characters. It's beautifully written and described
in wonderful detail. There's not much humour to be found in this book - but for me - it's all about the compelling circumstances and the survival of these dear, unfortunate children.
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  RobinRowlesAuthor | Aug 11, 2019 |
strange, erotic, depressing and messy. obsession, virginity and horror. so p good i guess. ( )
  adaorhell | Aug 24, 2018 |
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This crazy world whirled around her, men and women dwarfed by toys and puppets, where even the birds are mechanical and the few human figures went masked... She was in the night once again, and the doll was herself.' Melanie walks in the midnight garden, wearing her mother's wedding dress; naked she climbs the apple tree in the black of the moon. Omens of disaster, swiftly following, transport Melanie from rural comfort to London, to the Magic Toyshop. To the red-haired, dancing Finn, the gentle Francie, dumb Aunt Margaret and Uncle Phillip. Francie plays curious night music, Finn kisses fifteen-year-old Melanie in the mysterious ruins of the pleasure gardens. Brooding over all is Uncle Philip: Uncle Philip, with blank eyes the colour of wet newspaper, making puppets the size of men, and clockwork roses. He loves his magic puppets, but hates the love of man for woman, boy for girl, brother for sister...

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