wrote that in this first novel AC
felt compelled to cram all her likes, dislikes, and anxieties into a modish early 1960s novel of beatnik shenanigans in the heightened kitchen-sink mode of Shena Mackay
Carter herself called this book a juicy, overblown, exploding gothic lollipop.
Turner, Jenny. “A New Kind of Being”. London Review of Books, Vol.
, No. 21, pp. 7-14.
saw it as sceptically exploring Otherness, and demonstrating that escaping patriarchy does not mean escaping mythologies. Linden Peach
commented that after...
Peach, Linden. Angela Carter. St Martin’s Press, 1998.
Halio, Jay L., editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 14. Gale Research, 1982–1983.
it has the whooshing energy of deep release and satisfaction...
This novel was nominated for the Booker McConnell Prize in the year of its publication.
Contemporary Authors: New Revision Series. Gale Research, 1981.
Reviews were a chorus of praise, with different commentators taking different views. A. S. Byatt
saw the subject as...
In a Guardian obituary Jenny Turner
celebrated the typical, inimitable MS
heroine (immaculately hatted and gloved, neatly wired into a personal hotline to God)and her sly, merry, ironically self-righteous . . . narrative voice.
Advance readers compared the book favourably to Winterson' s popular early novels, even though they considered it to contain the same excesses that readers disliked in later works. However, according to Elaine Showalter
Fiammetta Rocco notes that the book adopts an extremely evangelical tone, but London Review of Books critic Jenny Turner
deplores the fact that it has been long out of print.