Wayward Girls and Wicked Women

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Wayward Girls and Wicked Women

Wayward Girls and Wicked Women This collection of stories extols the female virtues of discontent sexual disruptiveness and bad manners

  • Title: Wayward Girls and Wicked Women
  • Author: Angela Carter
  • ISBN: 9780860685791
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Paperback
  • This collection of stories extols the female virtues of discontent, sexual disruptiveness and bad manners.

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    1. Nandakishore Varma on said:

      As I have said before, any short story collection usually tends to collect 3 stars from me. This is only logical, as any collection will contain the good, the bad and the average: so the mean is likely to cluster around the centre for most (hence the bell-shaped curve of the normal distribution). The exceptions occur when the editor goes out of his/ her way to choose extremely good (or bad!) stories: or when the stories revolve around a common theme, giving and taking from one another, so that t [...]

    2. Rob on said:

      Perhaps a complete review some day but in the meantimeThe average of the individual story ratings (out to four decimal places): 3.8056INCLUDES:• "The Last Crop" by Elizabeth Jolley: ★★★½• "The Débutante" by Leonora Carrington: ★★★★• from The Gloria Stories by Rocky Gámez: ★★★• "Life" by Bessie Head: ★★★• "A Guatemalan Idyll" by Jane Bowles: ★★• "The Young Girl" by Katherine Mansfield: ★★★• "Three Feminist Fables" by Suniti Namjoshi: ★★★ [...]

    3. Natalie Bowers on said:

      Updating as I read each story:'Life' gets 4 stars. Loved the narrator's voice. I'm with Sianana: I think Lesego planned it all from the beginning.The Gloria Stories' gets 3 stars. It read like the start of a longer story rather than a stand alone short. Interesting characters, but an unsatisfying ending.'The Last Crop' gets 4 stars: a clever story, believable characters and a strong voice. I liked the daughter's view of her mother and brother, and although I could see the end coming I didn't fee [...]

    4. Katie on said:

      Although I really enjoy Angela Carter's own short stories, evidently I'm not as keen on her choice of those of other writers. Perhaps it was the collection of so many female-centred stories in one book, but I did feel that I was being beaten over the head with conspicious feminism a lot of the time, as strings of women were driven to the titular 'wickedness' through the opressive situations in which they found themselves rather than any real fault of their own. The tone of the book seems to ask [...]

    5. Lee Kofman on said:

      Most choices in this anthology were great, the stories are rich and fast-paced, full of energy. The contributors are wonderfully diverse geographically and in terms of historical times. There are contributors from China, Egypt, Victorian England and more. Carter’s story wasn’t actually my favorite and although I was very excited to be reading my first story ever by Katherine Mansfield, I found the latter to be tedious and pointless. But I made a few interesting discoveries of new-to-me autho [...]

    6. Marsha on said:

      Wildly uneven, Wayward Girls and Wicked Women wavers so much in tone that it’s hard to form any coherent opinion of it. The women don’t seem wayward or wicked (for the most part) so much as bordering on hysteria, a term the Greeks used centuries ago when women acted in ways the menfolk didn’t understand. From two old maid sisters reported on in a meandering fashion by a woman trapped in her own past to a modern Medea to a wife and mother making a flailing leap at lesbianism (you’re not s [...]

    7. Lisa on said:

      A collection of short stories put together by Angela Carter, in which girls are most definitely not made of sugar and spice and all things nice, and aren't really judged for it either.Whilst I didn't enjoy these as much as I did Carter's own short stories (probably the reason why the only one by her within, The Loves of Lady Purple, was my favourite), these tales written in a variety of ways and from various countries were always told from an interesting perspective and had enough going on that [...]

    8. Manda on said:

      Very much enjoyed this collection of stories. Some of the authors represented here I'd read before, but many were new to me and with the exception of one story I'd read before at a workshop, these stories were new to me too.

    9. ieva on said:

      first stories were quite good, but further i somehow lost interest

    10. Garan on said:

      Brilliant, just utterly brilliant. The best short story collection I've read.

    11. Kara on said:

      An eclectic assortment of short works by women. The absolute highlight of the collection was Colette's "Rainy Moon"--it blew me away. I honestly didn't finish the book because I often need to be in the right "mood" to read a collection like this all the way through. It was great for a quick 20 pages before bed or a short train ride. I look forward to finishing it and I'm intrigued by Angela Carter (the editor of this collection) and the short story of hers that she included.

    12. Tristan Egarr on said:

      The two shortest stories in this collection - Suniti Namjoshi's Three Feminist Fables, and Jamaica Kincaid's Girl - are both awesome. Carter's Loves of Lady Purple and Andree Chedid's The Long Trial are also excellent. The rest are varied, mostly okay but not great.

    13. Meg on said:

      Much like any book of short stories there was that awkward ratio of dreck to good. But glad to have read it. Can't remember when I finished it but noticed it was still in my 'reading' list today. whoops!

    14. Torie on said:

      There is so much to love about this book. Angela Carter is the editor, so you know she picked some good ones. There are no idealized interpretations of women here, and Leonora Carrington's hilarious "The Debutante" is included, which is probably my most favorite story ever.

    15. Jessie on said:

      It pains me to give two stars to a collection of stories by and about women, but unfortunately most of them didn't do much for me. I also wouldn't call most of the stories in this collection subversive, but maybe that's just me.

    16. Justine on said:

      I did enjoy some stories more than others particularly 'The Last Crop' and 'Oke of Okehurst'. But overall the impression this collection left me with was that for many of the women and in some cases the male characters, life was bleak, lonely and often tragic.

    17. Claire on said:

      I always struggle with books of short stories because they are hard to get engrossed with. Some of the stories in this book were very good but some were just a bit slow.

    18. Jasmine on said:

      Standouts:VioletLifeA Woman Young & OldThree Feminist FablesThe Rainy Moon

    19. Sarah on said:

      Short story collections, even by a single author, can be really uneven. These stories were all good or great.

    20. Sarah on said:

      If I had a time machine, I would go back and give Angela Carter a big wet kiss. This collection is an inspiration to readers and to women.

    21. Jakeyfatdog on said:

      Really couldn't get my head around this. Most of the stories were just too far out for me so I have abandoned it.

    22. Katie on said:

      Yea, I don't know. I guess I'm not a big fan of short stories. Some of them were excellent, some of them were just plain strange.

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