Saints and Strangers

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Penguin Books, 1987 - Fiction - 126 pages
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"An absolutely unique voice...It would be an impertinence to call these eight delightful concoctions stories...A virtuoso Mendelssohn of fiction." -- The New York Times Book Review
 
Drawing on American history, literary legend, and folk tale, Angela Carter transports us to that shadowy country between fact and myth in this book of short stories.

Lizzy Borden, the spinster daughter of a glutton and a compulsive miser, ticks off the hours before a murder. An eighteenth-century whore and pickpocket who runs off to join the Indians tells her story in a voice of bawdy authenticity. Carter immerses us in the worlds of Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Baudelaire, of khans, princesses, and kitchen boys, bringing them to life in prose of seductive richness and perverse wit.

In The Bloody Chamber, said The New York Times Book Review, Carter rewrote classic fairy tales "with all her supple and intoxicating bravura." In Saints and Strangers, she is just as audacious, and the result is a book of thoroughly contemporary folk tales that belong utterly to Angela Carter.

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Carter's short stories demand a certain amount of complicity; they echo and reverberate for the reader who has some knowledge of Edgar Allan Poe, of Baudelaire, of Lizzie Borden, of myth and folktale ... Read full review

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Angela Carter (1940 -1992) wrote nine novels and numerous short stories, as well as nonfiction, radio plays, and the screenplay for Neil Jordan's 1984 movie The Company of Wolves, based on her story. She won numerous literary awards, traveled and taught widely in the United States, and lived in London.

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