Bookiness – Black Venus (1980) by Angela Carter

Black Venus's TaleBlack Venus’s Tale by Angela Carter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I adore Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, and Black Venus has been sitting on my book shelf unread for nearly two years; something had to be done. As with nearly all short stories I read, it was a bit hit-and-miss in terms of holding my interest. I think I would have appreciated the tale of Baudelaire’s mistress if I had read any more Baudelaire before. The different take on “Peter and the Wolf” was fun, and highly reminiscent of “The Company of Wolves”, while the set-up to Lizzie Borden’s forty whacks was thought-provoking, if nothing else. If I had to choose between the two sets of stories, there’s really no contents: The Bloody Chamber strikes many more archetypal notes for me. Still, reading any of Carter’s prose is, for me, a joy. I hope to get through her Book of Fairy Tales before high summer sets in…

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Historian of the Irish Diaspora and masculinities, wife, mother, lover of good books, red wine, fine whiskies, pop culture aficionado, and Star Wars wonk.
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