The Passion of New Eve

The Passion of New Eve

by Angela Carter


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I know nothing. I am a tabula rasa, a blank sheet of paper, an unhatched egg. I have not yet become a woman, although I possess a woman's shape. Not a woman, no: both more and less than a real woman. Now I am a being as mythic and monstrous as Mother herself . . . '

New York has become the City of Dreadful Night where dissolute Leilah performs a dance of chaos for Evelyn. But this young Englishman's fate lies in the arid desert, where a many-breasted fertility goddess will wield her scalpel to transform him into the new Eve.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780860683414
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 08/28/1992
Series: Virago Modern Classics
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Angela Carter (1940-1992), journalist and writer;author of novels, poems and flim scripts has had her talents much lauded;
'Her Imagination was one of the most dazzling this century'- Marina Walker, Independent

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Passion of New Eve 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TuesdayNovember on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book. It was well-written, the story was definetly original and interesting, but something about it just fell short. Reading it was awkward, the entire thing seemed to be written just to shock. The imagery was, well, it was too much, it was unreasonable and terrifying. I suppose that might have been the point, to shock and terrify, but it was overdone. Two stars for it being well-written, and half a star for effort.
thorold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When you come back to it thirty years on, apocalyptic seventies gender-bending generally turns out to have been appallingly badly written. Not if it's Angela Carter. Every metaphor is spot-on, every word is doing its job: the satire is devastating, but the language is never remotely ugly.
wendyrey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting story where a young Englishman visits a dystopian version of the USA and is transformed into a young Englishwoman when he falls into the hands of an extraordinary feminist group. S/he then has further experiences including being captured by a misogynist man and a reclusive aging actress who turns out to have been a man. Intricate complex book raising issues of race and gender which covers similar ground to Woolf's Orlando. Too light on the science to be science fiction. Interesting but a bit over fantastical and between genres for me.
thioviolight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a novel that requires a certain mood or frame of mind to enjoy, and I wasn't immediately able to get into it. But once in, I found it very fascinating, especially somewhere midway. The story shifts from real to surreal, and I can't shrug off the feeling of being in a dream. Beautiful prose!
PegOH More than 1 year ago
Fascinating and dizzying look at gender.