“One day, Annabel saw the sun and moon in the sky at the same time. The sight filled her with a terror which entirely consumed her for she had no instinct for self-preservation if she was confronted by ambiguities.”
Annabel and Lee are married; Lee and Buzz are brothers. A quirky threesome, they have set up a household on the fringes on university life in the late sixties. Their hermetic existence is filled with drugs, sex, alchohol, intensity, and madness; their relationships with one another are haunting and complex.
Carter’s compelling tale carries echoes of Poe and Bronte into the very modern world of artists’ flats, psychiatrists’ offices, and generational conflicts. It is ultimately a tale of the search for loyalty and love in the midst of emotional starvation.
Angela Carter (1940-1992) was born in Eastbourne, England. When she published her first novel, Shadow Dance, in 1966, she was immediately recognized as one of Britain’s most original writers. Eight other novels followed: The Magic Toyshop, Several Perceptions, Heroes and… More about Angela Carter