THE MAGIC TOYSHOP evinces all the qualities that defines Angela Carter’s fiction, namely a fair amount—though not nearly enough in this case—of perverse invention
A British made exercise in Eastern-flavored weirdness that’s not a bad movie, but it could definitely have used a more adventurous treatment.
This story might have worked, but only with a more invigorating treatment.
I can’t imagine how anyone could not get a kick out of this novel’s premise of giant flesh-eating crabs rampaging through a British seaside community.
Content-wise it’s sold as “A relentless symphony of pleasantries and things unpleasant sketched with the inimitable style of a master’s hand.” I couldn’t have put it better myself!
This bizarre novel is widely acclaimed as the masterpiece of England’s Anna Kavan (1905-1968).
Nowadays, with pubescent bullying a hot-button issue, I’m surprised this 1970 novel hasn’t gotten renewed attention in the US.
HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH DEMONS is one of Joyce’s most unique efforts, yet still contains many of the virtues of his more traditional novels, namely several well-rounded characters and a page-turning narrative.