Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories

Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories


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One of our most imaginative and accomplished writers, Angela Carter left behind a dazzling array of work: essays, citicism, and fiction. But it is in her short stories that her extraordinary talents—as a fabulist, feminist, social critic, and weaver of tales—are most penetratingly evident. This volume presents Carter's considerable legacy of short fiction gathered from published books, and includes early and previously unpublished stories. From reflections on jazz and Japan, through vigorous refashionings of classic folklore and fairy tales, to stunning snapshots of modern life in all its tawdry glory, we are able to chart the evolution of Carter's marvelous, magical vision.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140255287
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 479,547
Product dimensions: 5.35(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.24(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.
Born in Bombay in 1947, Salman Rushdie is the author of six novels, including Grimus, Shame, The Satanic Verses, The Moor's Last Sigh, and The Ground Beneath Her Feet, and a volume of essays, Imaginary Homelands. His numerous literary prizes include the Booker Prize for Midnight's Children and the Whitbread Prize for The Satanic Verses.

Table of Contents

Burning Your BoatsIntroduction by Salman Rushdie

Early Work, 1962-6
The Man Who Loved a Double Bass
A Very, Very Great Lady and Her Son at Home
A Victorian Fable (with Glossary)

Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, 1974
A Souvenir of Japan
The Executioner's Beautiful Daughter
The Loves of Lady Purple
The Smile of Winter
Penetrating to the Heart of the Forest
Flesh and the Mirror
Elegy for a Freelance

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, 1979
The Bloody Chamber
The Courtship of Mr Lyon
The Tiger's Bride
The Erl-King
The Snow Child
The Lady of the House of Love
The Werewolf
The Company of Wolves

Black Venus, 1985
Black Venus
The Kiss
Our Lady of the Massacre
The Cabinet of Edgar Allan Poe
Overture and Incidental Music for A Midsummer Night's Dream
Peter and the Wolf
The Kitchen Child
The Fall River Axe Murders

American Ghosts and Old World Wonders, 1993
Lizzie's Tiger
John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
Gun for the Devil
The Merchant of Shadows
The Ghost Ships
In Pantoland
Ashputtle or The Mother"s Ghost
Alice in Prague or The Curious Room
Impressions: The Wrightsman Magdalene

Uncollected Stories, 1970-81
The Scarlet House
The Snow Pavilion
The Quilt Maker

Appendix: Afterword to Fireworks

First Publications

What People are Saying About This

Marina Warner

"Her imagination was one of the most of this century."

From the Publisher

"Carter's world is strange, dangerous, and beautiful."
—Alison Lurie, The New York Times Book Review

"A treasure chest of literary and aesthetic experience … mysterious, glamorous, beautiful."
—Carolyn See, The Washington Post

"Carter's ability to probe the secret places in the human psyche, where mysterious erotic longings and unacknowledged links with the unearthly lie buried, verges on the supernatural."
The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Her imagination was one of the most dazzling of this century."
—Marina Warner

"An amazing plum pudding … you should not miss this book."
—Margaret Atwood, Toronto Globe & Mail

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Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Poquette on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first exposure to Angela Carter was through her short story collection called Saints and Strangers. These stories were just brilliant and did not expose some of Carter's darker preoccupations. Since I have not read any of her longer fiction, I was quite unprepared for the amount of unpleasantness that appears in many of her stories. Burning Your Boats includes all of Angela Carter's short story output. Some of it I wish I had not read. Carter is well known for her unique use of language, and I grant that she is an amazing stylist when she wants to be. I confess to being very enthusiastic about some stories and absolutely hating others. The experience of reading her is like riding a roller coaster. I cannot think of another writer who engenders such a wide emotional swing. On balance, I cannot recommend this book. Too much of it is filled with a kind of perverseness that I do not enjoy.
DawnFinley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tired of the usual pomo bad boys? Read Angela Carter. Now. Carolyn See said in the Washington Post that it is "a treasure chest of literary and aesthetic experience . . . mysterious, glamorous, beautiful." One of my professors described the quality of her prose by likening it to eating frosting right out of a can. Carter's imaginative powers are fully her own; her work is unlike anything else you'll encounter. Her novels are dense, rich, hugely inventive and unconventional. The stories are too, but you can take them in smaller doses, which can be a big advantage. Some of the most popular are reworkings of folklore or fairy tales, recast with uncanny magic. Carter's work is deeply feminist, but in a way that goes beyond the usual boundaries of empowerment and liberation. If I had to make comparisons, I might describe it as a cocktail of Kathy Acker, Italo Calvino and Roald Dahl.If you need linear plots and are bothered by ornate or baroque use of language, this may not work for you. But if you're willing to go wherever Carter takes you, you won't be let down. I've had this book since it came out and still haven't finished with it.
caerulius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Contains the Bloody Chamber stories, as well as so many others. Check out the Lizzie Borden stories- they're lovely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent collection of Carter's strange visions of feminist texts/fairy tales/20th century commentary/This books has the alltime best weddingnight story,-'The bloody chamber',-the stories which Carter later incorporated to her film script 'the company of wolves',-are also great,-If you like Thomas Pynchon, Carter seems to be on a similar wavelength,-she has a clear gift for description,-The story 'john ford's 'tis pity she's a whore'is worth the price of the book itself if you are a fan of classic cinema as well,---