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Carter's heady first novel introduces one of her most enigmatic characters. Honeybuzzard spends his nights scavenging the contents of abandoned buildings and his days seducing and tormenting lovers, enemies, and friends. He and his best friend Morris scoour the backstreets of London, leaving behind a trail of detruction in the broken hearts and dashed hopes of those they love, manipulate, and ultimately discard.
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Overview

Carter's heady first novel introduces one of her most enigmatic characters. Honeybuzzard spends his nights scavenging the contents of abandoned buildings and his days seducing and tormenting lovers, enemies, and friends. He and his best friend Morris scoour the backstreets of London, leaving behind a trail of detruction in the broken hearts and dashed hopes of those they love, manipulate, and ultimately discard.
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Originally published as "Honeybuzzard" (LJ 1/1/67), Shadow Dance launched British author Carter's career, which she buttressed with The Magic Toyshop two years later. Both received praise from LJ's reviewers, especially the latter novel, which was hailed as an "extraordinary, even brilliant piece of writing" (LJ 2/1/68).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140255249
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/11/1996
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Angela Carter (1940 -1992) wrote nine novels and numerous short stories, as well as nonfiction, radio plays, and the screenplay for Neil Jordan's 1984 movie The Company of Wolves, based on her story. She won numerous literary awards, traveled and taught widely in the United States, and lived in London.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

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    A look at London's more unsavory characters

    Angela Carter introduces the reader to a London that isn't talked about in the tourist guides. It is the London of detached working class men and women scruffing out a living. The book centers around two friends. Morris is married to Edna, but rarely goes home to her. His best friend, Honeybuzzard is an eccentric figure. Physically attractive but emotionally blunted, he sails through life, using everyone around him for his own purposes. Morris and Honeybuzzard haphazardly run an antique store, stocked by their forays into abandoned houses where they steal the items they sell.

    Honeybuzzard has been away for several months. A promiscious woman who slept with both the men and most of their acquaintenances, was found raped and cut horribly about the face. Ghislaine has now returned to the neighborhood after getting out of the hospital, horribly disfigured. The rumour mill says that Honeybuzzard may have been the culprit, although the offical report blames a roving gang.

    Honeybuzzard has also returned, with a new lover, Emily, in tow. The book follows the lives of these characters as they meet and fall apart and struggle into new configurations.

    Shadow Dance is Angela Carter's first book, and it is my introduction to her writing. The writing is stark yet compelling, and her deft touch introduces characters that inhabit the mind long after the last page is read. This book is recommended for fiction readers.

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