Wise Children (Vintage Classics)

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Dora and Nora Chance are a famous song-and-dance team of the British music halls. Billed as The Lucky Chances, the sisters are the illegitimate and unacknowledged daughters of Sir Melchoir Hazard, the greatest Shakespearean actor of his day. At once ribald and sentimental, glittery and tender, this rambunctious family saga is Angela Carter at her bewitching best.

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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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Margolyes's reading of Carter's rambunctious final novel provides an intriguing case study for audiobooks. Her performance, using a distinctive, lower-class English accent, is spirited, passionate and convincing in every way. Yet, to me, the narration is so showy that it ultimately proves more distracting than illuminating. That said, it should be acknowledged that Margolyes's choice is absolutely true to this exuberant, rollicking novel, which presents a behind-the-scenes look at British theater, from one end of the century to the other. Paying homage to Shakespeare's comedies, it is peopled by five sets of theatrical twins, whose ties and biological connections are always ambiguous. Ribald and raffish, the novel nonetheless has serious concerns about the meaning of family and pursuing life's pleasures. A toned-down reading by Margolyes may have helped readers better appreciate Carter's tour de force. M.O. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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