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The Magic Toyshop
Written by:
Angela Carter 
Read by:
Fiona Shaw 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
6 hours 24 minutes 
July 01 2020 
Available Date:
July 01 2020 
Age Category:
Fiction; Contemporary Fiction 
Bolinda/Audible audio 
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From the master of the literary supernatural and author of The Bloody Chamber, a startling tale of the redemptive power of physical and emotional love.

A coming of age tale which extends the nature and boundaries of love, as seen through the eyes of the youthful and naïve Melanie, The Magic Toyshop was enormously successful and cemented Angela Carter's status as one of England's greatest and most daring writers. '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.' When tragedy strikes, young Melanie and her two siblings are forced to abandon their family home and sent to live in London with their aunt Margaret, a kindly and beautiful mute, and their abusive and highly manipulative uncle, Philip. Standing on the cusp of womanhood and threatened by her perilous new surroundings, this classic gothic tale follows Melanie as she interacts with a host of colourful characters and becomes increasingly aware of her own morality and sexuality.

'Beneath its contemporary surface, this novel shimmers with blurred echoes-from Lewis Carroll, from 'Giselle' and 'Coppelia,' Harlequin and Punch .... It leaves behind it a flavor, pungent and unsettling.'
New York Times

'She can glide from ancient to modern, from darkness to luminosity, from depravity to comedy without any hint of strain and without losing the elusive power of the original tales.'
The Times