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It’s been a while since I’ve picked up a really fantastic book. It’s also been a while since I’ve voluntarily picked up a book due to school and the short period where Advanced English made me hate every form of written word (apart form my own). The best book I read in the past year was Stevenson’s Weir of Hermiston, but that came at the cost of the destruction of Northern Lights and Ruby in the Smoke which I know I can never read again.

But I digress. Angela Carter’s The Magic Toyshop is the book I’m harping on about. It is a truly fantastic book, recommended to me by Marie and the wonderful people at Glasgow University (I’ll be analysing this wonderful book next year); it is one of the best things I have ever read. The characters are deeply intricate and compelling. Melanie, who is trying to cope with being thrust into a strange and harsh life while wallowing in self pity; Jonathon, who has retreated into his own world of model ships and beaches; and Finn, the ugly, unkempt boy who is the most graceful romantic in existence. These are only three of the compelling characters that are immensely interesting in this story.

And don’t even get me started on the imagery.
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2 Comments:

At 1:02 pm, Anonymous Dan said...

Joseph, is thou doing english lit net year? I'm hoping to do it too, as I belieeeeeeve I can choose one art subject. Yas.

 
At 1:03 pm, Anonymous Joe said...

English Lit is the main course I want to get into, I'd give up doing Philosophy I had to choose between the two. I cannot wait until i get my results through...

-Joe

 

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