Book Review:
The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter

Title: The Magic Toyshop
Author: Angela Carter
Published: 1967
Language: English
Pages: 224
Rating: 4/5

Melanie is a young girl at the edge of womanhood, dancing through her garden in her mothers wedding dress in the moonlight. But the sky comes crashing down the next morning when she is forced to leave her comfortable and familiar life to go live with her Uncle, a London toymaker.

This was a whimsical and beautiful little story.

Though it took me a while to get into, I quite enjoyed reading this. The characters are vivid, fascinating and they feel real. The story is dark and magical, and the atmosphere is extraordinary. There are a lot of disturbing things in here that caught me quite by surprise.

The writing style is by far the best part of this book. It definitely makes me want to read more of Carters work.

That being said, this book is maybe a wee bit too cryptic for me, and I'm not sure I caught everything, and I really made an effort, so that's saying something.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dark and twisted stories.

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