by Angela Carter


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"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.

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ISBN-13: 9780099594215
Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/27/2006
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.39(d)

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.

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Love 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Ludi_Ling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is pure Carter - rich, flowing, dark, compelling. But what it lacks is the lushness that is apparent in many of her other works; the vivacity and headiness of Wise Children, for example, is largely absent. 'Love' is a stark, bleak, demanding book. Like most of Carter's works, it draws you in, but when it spits you out, you're left drained and reeling.I cannot say I loved this book, nor that I enjoyed it. It is well-written, penetrating and sometimes even humorous. But it is a painful, dare I say harrowing, book. Anyone who has been in a loving yet damaging relationship will find unwanted past memories relived in the three main characters. The love triangle that is the subject of this story is not of the kind you might find in your regular fiction fare; it lays bare all the ugliness and weakness of its characters, and dissects all the ways in which a person who loves you can tear you apart - and vice versa.For its power, for its well-conceived plot and its incisive look into the human mind, I would give this 5 stars. But for the discomfit it inflicts upon the reader, and for its grinding, wearying penetration into the darker, uglier side of love, I'm forced to give it 3.