Angela Carter
Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces
March 25, 2019 Comments.. 919
Fireworks Nine Profane Pieces In this collection of nine short stories Carter pinpoints the symbolism of city streets and weaves allegories around forests and jungles of strange and erotic landscapes of the imagination

  • Title: Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces
  • Author: Angela Carter
  • ISBN: 9781844083671
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this collection of nine short stories, Carter pinpoints the symbolism of city streets and weaves allegories around forests and jungles of strange and erotic landscapes of the imagination.

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    1. Amalia Gavea says:

      The stories in this collection aren't simply Gothic. They are full of darkness without any source of light. Full of dark, ominous sexuality and murderous impulses. The set is primarily a tapestry of Japanese lore and urban wanderings, vindictive geishas lurking in the lantern-lit backstreets of Tokyo. Tribal, animalistic, shamanic rituals from the heart of Africa, androgynous enchantresses hidden in moonlit caves, women seeking their lovers of the past in the East, tales of incest upon the villa [...]

    2. Nate D says:

      Angela Carter is great, and I think I'm getting more and more of what she's about. This is something of a transitional collection written across the late 60s and early 70s post-Magic Toyshop, half observation pieces with an appearance of autobiographical relevance to Carter's time in Japan (after using her book award money to exit an unsatisfactory marriage and move far far away), the other half reconfigured myths and legends. The observation pieces are often great -- evocative, moody images of [...]

    3. Paul says:

      A set of short stories by Angela Carter from the early 1970s; some are based on Carter’s time in Japan from 1969 to 1971. She describes that time as one of change, transition and radicalisation and the stories reflect this. Carter says that the position of women in Japan and their repression drew her towards feminism. The stories cover awakening, abuse and the dynamics of relationships. One of the stories is an experiment with magic realism and there is a touch of the fairy tale about a number [...]

    4. Olivia-Savannah Roach says:

      This is a short story collection recommended to me by my older sister. I decided to read it without quite knowing what I was getting into, and I quite enjoyed the short stories here. Angela Carter is an author new to me, but she certainly does know how to vividly paint pictures in the reader’s mind and bring across subtle messages with her words.All of Angela Carter’s stories were so beautifully written. I can’t say it any better than my sister did when she described it to me – the autho [...]

    5. Nathanial says:

      Angela Carter writes ghost stories. She doesn't settle for spooks, spirits, and apparitions, though, unless you consider those terms by their etymological roots. She chooses to consider how we appear to each other; lest that seem to simple, however, she uses only the most spooky, the most spirited appearances: these ghosts consist of the illusions that her narrators invoke when encountering another character. Her tragedy is not necessarily of the bloody demise or the rotting terrain (although sh [...]

    6. Phil says:

      I do have a massive liking for Angela Carter - to coin a sexist phrase, she's so fucking ballsy. Even when her writing lapses into its most purple and florid, it's still fascinating. This early collection of 9 short stories, originally published in 1974, is a bit of a mixed bag. At its best, it's an incredible walk on a tightrope of sexual debauchery and social extremes - at its worst it feels like an unrevised first draft written as an exercise. Be aware that this is most definitely the unfette [...]

    7. Jeanne Thornton says:

      This Angela Carter is the goods. The chronological organization is in many ways its best strength, since the book, by Carter's assertion, is an account of her evolution from the author of the Bristol trilogy & early works to something altogether new. So it's fitting I guess that I find a couple of the early stories--A Souvenir of Japan and The Smile of Winter--really distinctly no great shakes, and the latter kind of racially uncomfortable (the description of Japanese skin, the bikers.) But [...]

    8. Andrew says:

      Angela Carter is bent on transmogrifying the mundane with her wet rotting prose. Her words are issued out as eloquent, elongated moans. This makes it very difficult to register her descriptions as literal images; one reads them as if they were currents of inner sensation like sickness or sexual pleasure. A pervasive theme in this collection is the double-sided elusiveness and ambiguity of mirrors. What better way to distort this typically transparent medium than to inhabit the boundary of the mi [...]

    9. Danni Jervis says:

      A stunning little collection of stories from Carter's time in Japan.They will draw you in and end suddenly, leaving you with a endless sensation of wanting more. Dark, disturbing and cryptic much like Japanese folk lore you can see the influence the country has had on her writing style.

    10. Thomas Pluck says:

      no one writes like Angela Carter. Fairy tales for the modern world where we hide our fears deep.

    11. Katie says:

      Fireworks is a very apt name for this collection of stories: like fireworks, they are short, sharp bursts of concentrated but brief beauty, all with an underlying element of danger. However, while Angela Carter always writes excellently and has an amazing way with words, this was definitely not my favourite of her short story collections. Although her prose is rich and full it sometimes feels a little stifling in this book and I often caught myself committing the sacrilege of wishing for fewer w [...]

    12. Patrik Sampler says:

      These are indeed profane pieces, courageously surreal and pointed. They are also frequently depressive, or "fuscus" -- a word that appears in them more than once. The vocabulary is ornate but never ostentatious, and creates the strange feeling of coming across an animal declared extinct merely years ago. (See: baiji.) I thought to include a quotation from the book, but I'd have to "excerpt" most of it. Almost the entire thing rings clearly. My only complaint is the hackneyed trajectory of "Penet [...]

    13. M says:

      I think there's only one thing you need to know.Angela Carter is brilliant.

    14. Alexandra Daw says:

      This was not really my cup of tea and thankfully was a slim volume. These short stories are the stuff of nightmares which I guess is what makes the ideas and the writing so admirable.

    15. Holly says:

      Curious much like reading disturbing and poetic accounts of the heat-ridden dreams of an animated mind

    16. Akylina says:

      Review to follow.

    17. Justine says:

      4,5 stars Some stories were particularly strange, I thought of The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night sometimes. Some are realist, others completely part of magical realism or fantasy. My favorites are "The Loves of Lady Purple" and "Master". I really love Angela Carter's writing; sometimes she uses raw words, but sometimes, her writing is poetic. I loved that she developed the theme of the mirror; it is really fascinating for me. She also deals with women, and their relationship [...]

    18. Seán Hudson says:

      i liked this best reading the chapters about an English writer in Japan as though they were framing devices for the other, more experimental and disconnected chapters - in other words as though those stranger stories, some fairytales and some surreal paintings, were what Angela Carter was writing as she lived out her foreigner's exile and heart-ache in Japanke so many Western writers, Carter artfully observes and illustrates how her exotic Japan is an empty concept or magic mirror which refracts [...]

    19. yuyin says:

      quite liked it but usually a book of short stories don't do much for me, and i'm way past my murakami-esque surrealist sci-fi so 2 stars. like what otherreviews said, 3 of them are basically the same story, of the british woman and her japanese boyfriend. i liked that story best. This review sums it all up. I also rather liked the adam and eve/(view spoiler)[incest (hide spoiler)] storyquotes i liked: "I speak as if he had no secrets from me, Well then, you must realise I was suffering from love [...]

    20. Priya Sharma says:

      A very different beast from "The Bloody Chamber & Other Stories". A woman takes a lover in Tokyo. A rapacious hunter journey takes him from Africa to the heart of the . A puppet acts out her desires. Innocent children are lost In Eden. Angela Carter's prose here is heady, sometimes florid, but always beautiful.The room was a box of oiled paper full of the echoes of the rain.*** I wanted to see him far more naked than he was with his clothes off. *** his rifle's particular argument was lay wi [...]

    21. Nick says:

      I can't admit that I read every word in this collection. I mostly skimmed it for the sections that were set in Tokyo, and I did find the two stories A Souvenir of Japan and Flesh and the Mirror very good. Her descriptions of a Japanese summer festival were brilliant, and the idea of Tokyo as a mirror in Flesh and the Mirror was excellent.The other stories in between these two didn't really do much for me, and I still think I like Angela Carter the most when she's not showing off. Nights at the C [...]

    22. Chris Herdt says:

      My favorite stories in this collection are "The Loves of Lady Purple," which feels very like a prologue to The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman, and "Elegy for a Freelance."But even the lackluster stories such as "Reflections" -- a tale found in H.P. Lovecraft's dustbin, presumably -- have the most meticulous and amazingly constructed sentences.

    23. Katie says:

      A fascinating read, clearly influenced by Carter’s time spent in Japan. As ever, Carter does not hold back and her writing somehow always manages to reel me in. I’d recommend for the last two stories alone- they are fantastic, and when combined with the rest make up a brilliant and truly dark set.

    24. Jake Cooper says:

      Occasionally striking, but generally overwritten and over-ominous. The stories read like the early work of promising author.

    25. Jack says:

      4/5 really brilliant stories, alongside some that I found more tedious (the three semi-autobiographical accounts of her time in Japan and Reflections).

    26. Zerenity says:

      Carter writes beautifully but I guess in this point in my life, I can no longer tolerate extreme descriptions of rape, no matter how masterful her style is.

    27. Chris says:

      (This might be closer to 2.5 stars, but I'm feeling generous today)My impression of this book might have been more positive if not for that subtitle. "9 Profane Pieces." Profane pieces! All nine of them? All profane? I didn't think even a votable quorum of these pieces were "profane" in any measurable sense. More damning, some of them were barely stories.Three of the nine ("A Souvenir of Japan," "The Smile of Winter," and "Flesh and the Mirror") were basically the same story -- a British (white) [...]

    28. Glen Engel-Cox says:

      A collection of stories, with some hits and misses:"A Souvenir of Japan"--A study of everyday alien-ness, how a Western woman and a Japanese man can find each other appealing, yet still know nothing about each other. Carter captures the disillusionment fairly well, but it never really coalesces into a Story."The Executioner's Beautiful Daughter"--A disturbing look at a strange group of humans. This story recalled for me the phrase,"Who watches the watchmen?" Except here, the phrase should read w [...]

    29. Jessica Bell says:

      Rooted in love, lust, anger and perception, and laden with symbolism and allegory, Angela Carter’s ‘Fireworks’ is a darkly explosive and ambitious collection of nine stories. Reality gives way to a sonorously intense landscape of riotous and uncensored sensibility whilst, as the reader, you peruse this bewitching compilation of twisted tales. ‘Fireworks’ starts off with the story of ‘A Souvenir of Japan’ in which the effervescent city of Tokyo is subverted into a mirrored chamber, [...]

    30. CJ says:

      This took me so long to finish (due to a combo of stilted late-night reading and exhaustion) and only contained two stories that I cared . Most of the short stories contained too much incest (i.e. any incest at all) or graphic snapshots of violent rape. I didn't enjoy Fireworks, although I did expect these two 'themes' to appear in Carter's work;dr Carter's linguistic style is in full-force in these short stories, but her gratuitous use of sexual violence makes Fireworks a tough and unrewarding [...]

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