Today I…have been reading. Not unusual, you may think but here’s the thing…
I have been reading JUST FOR FUN.
After many months of reading for study, and some concentrated revision over the past few weeks, I have taken a few days off to read a book, just because I wanted to.
I chose a novel that I have read before, but some time ago, so I can rediscover what I liked about it. Having read The Night Circus as a book club choice recently, I was reminded of Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter.
According to Wikipedia: “Nights at the Circus is a novel by Angela Carter, first published in 1984 and that year’s winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. The novel focuses on the life and exploits of Sophie Fevvers, a woman who is – or so she would have people believe – a Cockney virgin, hatched from an egg laid by unknown parents and ready to develop fully fledged wings. At the time of the story, she has become a celebrated aerialiste, and she captivates the young journalist Jack Walser, who runs away with the circus and falls into a world that his journalistic exploits had not prepared him to encounter.
Nights at the Circus incorporates multiple categories of fiction, including postmodernism, magical realism, or postfeminism. As in her previous works, Angela Carter plays with many literary aspects and dissects the traditional fairy tale structure.”