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by Various,Angela Carter

In Elizabeth Jolley's "The Last Crop," a seemingly guileless woman cons a man out of his land. In Leonora Carrinton's "The Debutante," a young girl sends a hyena to her coming-out ball, with disastrous results. The title character in Frances Towers's "Violet" uses her talent for witchcraft with wicked intention. Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" faces a litany of her mother's strictures and admonishments, and Suniti Namjoshi's bittersweet fables suggest that nothing a woman does will ever be really right. But whether these women are bad or good, evil or benign, guilty or innocent, calculating or naive, they are not victims. None of them suffers passively at the hands of men. Each manages to confront her circumstances and sometimes, though not always, triumph over them.
Download Wayward Girls and Wicked Women: An Anthology of Subversive Stories epub
ISBN: 0140103716
ISBN13: 978-0140103717
Category: Humor
Subcategory: Humor
Author: Various,Angela Carter
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (January 1, 1989)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1403 kb
FB2 size: 1215 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 614
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I’ve long loved Angela Carter’s short stories and essays, have a DVD of In the Company of Wolves, and yet, and yet…I’d never felt compelled to read this anthology until this past year. I was a fool, of course. Angela Carter is as amazing an anthologist as she is a writer. I love that she chooses stories that range from short-shorts to novella length. I love that her taste in stories ranges from the folktale to the gothic to urban realism. You never know what to expect, but every story reverberates in your mind and lives there long after the last word.
In this anthology Angela Carter has gathered the best tales of "bad girls." The stories focus less on women as being bad in a sexual way. Rather the tales range from stories of women who fail to comply with society to gothic horror. As with most story collections I've read, there are stories I love and stories that I'm not that crazy about. This collection was about 90% all luv from me with only a couple stories I didn't care for. Here is a breakdown of a few of my favorites:

"The Debutante" by Leonora Carrington - A girl sends a hyena to her coming out ball with (obviously) bloody results.

From The Gloria Stories by Rocky Gamez - A friend of the narrator wants to be a man and believes that she can impregnate her female lover.

"The Loves of Lady Purple" by Angela Carter - My Favorite! This gothic tale is of a life size "Venus of the Orient" puppet controlled by an old puppeteer. That is, until, the dreaded Lady Purple comes to life. So much to discuss with this tale: feminism, sex, aspects of Carnival, vaginal imagery, power, etc....

"The Oke of Okehurst" by Vernon Lee - Another great gothic tale! This tale is narrated by an artist visiting a very strange couple plagued by the past. Ghosts, jealousy, and weird women - an excellent combination!

I highly recommend this collection. It is out of print but I was able to get it through Inter-Library Loan.

As Angela Carter concludes her introduction to this volume; "they [the heroines] know they are worth more than that which fate has allotted them (Carter, xii)." You go, girl(s)!
Just a matter of taste, I suppose. Some might love these stories, but I found them
boring. Even the one called "Oke of Okehurst" went on and on too long - 50 pages,
saying the same thing over and over. (I lost track of how many times the author used the word "creature" in that story. I suppose I just prefer concise writing, and stories that get to the point. I'm a book supplier, and
someone once bought 5 copies of this book from me, and insisted that I read the book. So mine is just a minority view, I guess.