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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,410 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Angela Carter Narrator: Eileen Atkin Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Nora and Dora, the 'famous' Chance sisters, prepare to go to their perennially absent father's 100th birthday party. With a wide and colourful, often rather crazy cast, the story veers off in a multitude of directions as Dora's reminiscent narrative slips from past to present suddenly and seamlessly throughout. The illegitimate 'bastard' Chance twins are the black sheep of the family. The all-singing, all-dancing, sweary, aging, make-up caked, high-heeled, bawdy, gritty and overall magnetic Chance twins, that is.

Never apart for long, the two are very much peas from the same pod: Sir Melchior Hazard, surviving head of a great acting dynasty, who is imminently to celebrate his 100th birthday. Packed with gags, tears, histories, mysteries, feuds and romantic (and some not-so-romantic) unions, 'Wise Children', like the Chance girls, doesn't miss a trick, and is jam-packed with all of the entrancing magic realism and nouveau-feminism that has ensconced Angela Carter so snugly in the canon of revered cult writers. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by martha | 2/11/2014

    " A quick, charming read. Draws heavily on Shakespearian comedies with tons of twins, switcheroos, confusing parentage, Old Hollywood, the theater, and all kinds of hijinks, with narration that's funny and ribald and sweet all at once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jan | 2/5/2014

    " I want to kiss Angela Carter's feet. She's a genius. This is the third book of hers I've read. She appears to be fascinated by incest, language, the theater, magic, and fires. What's not to like? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Fionnuala | 1/26/2014

    " Hypnotic writing but never really developed into a plot - I can see more and more why Carter is a great short story writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maria Longley | 1/25/2014

    " This is the history of the Hazards and Chances in a day/centuary as seen by Dora (and Nora to a certain extent). It's a complex plot with plenty of gleeful moments and characters, the twists and turns of high and low art, and rather heart warming Shakespearian nonsense in all that. I liked Dora as a narrator and the prose was lovely. "

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