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Quotations From ANGELA CARTER

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  • 41.
    It shone on everyone, whether they had a contract or not. The most democratic thing I'd ever seen, that California sunshine.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Wise Children, ch. 3, Chatto & Windus (1991).

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  • 42.
    It may be the first in what I trust will be a rapidly growing and influential genre—the novel designed on purpose to be excluded from the Booker short-list.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, review of Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia, The Guardian (1990).

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  • 43.
    Strangers used to gather together at the cinema and sit together in the dark, like Ancient Greeks participating in the mysteries, dreaming the same dream in unison.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, review of Robert Coover, A Night at the Movies, The Guardian (1987).

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  • 44.
    Is not this whole world an illusion? And yet it fools everybody.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Nights at the Circus, part 1, ch. 1, Chatto & Windus (1984).

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  • 45.
    He was as erratic but as inevitable as the weather.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. "Souvenir of Japan," Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, p. 10 (1974).

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  • 46.
    Nostalgia, the vice of the aged. We watch so many old movies our memories come in monochrome.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Wise Children, ch. 1, Chatto & Windus (1991).
  • 47.
    But Irish had an old soul, you might say. He was a man with a great future behind him, already.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Wise Children, ch. 3, Chatto & Windus (1991). Describing the burnt-out "Chekhov of Southern California," a Fitzgeraldesque Hollywood screenwriter.

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  • 48.
    It was as lovely a summer as those that precede wars.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. "Elegy for a Freelance," Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, p. 117 (1974).

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  • 49.
    He is, I think, already pondering a magisterial project: that of buggering the English language, the ultimate revenge of the colonialised.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, essay on James Joyce, New Society (1982). Describing a photograph of James Joyce taken in 1904.
  • 50.
    "It's every woman's tragedy," said Nora,... "that, after a certain age, she looks like a female impersonator." Mind you, we've known some lovely female impersonators, in our time.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Wise Children, ch. 4, Chatto & Windus (1991).

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