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This collection of stories extols the female virtues of discontent, sexual disruptiveness and bad manners....

Title : Wayward Girls and Wicked Women
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ISBN : 9780860685791
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 339 Pages
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Wayward Girls and Wicked Women Reviews

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2019-05-10 23:18

    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 the whole is greater than the sum of its parts - as is the case with the book in question.Wayward Girls and Wicked Women, edited by Angela Carter, is true to its title. This book is filled with stories about women and girls who are wayward in every way, from society's (read men's) viewpoint: written by authors separated by a century. There are confidence tricksters, prostitutes, lesbians and even murderers-but there are no damsels in distress. Each and every one of these women are their own masters.Thus we meet the con woman of Elizabeth Jolley's The Last Crop; the lesbians of Rocky Gamez's The Gloria Stories and Ama Ata Aidoos's The Plums; the sexually promiscuous women who revel in their own sexuality of Bessie Head's Life and Jane Bowles's A Guatemalan Idyll; and the witches of Colette's Rainy Moon and Frances Tower's Violet. There are also young girls coming to terms with their sexuality in a socially unacceptable way (The Young Girl by Katherine Mansfield and A Woman Young and Old by Grace Paley) and women who have fallen prey to the familiar devil, drink (Wedlock by George Egerton, Aunt Liu by Lo Shu).All of these stories are not tragedies: not all have happy endings, either. But they have one thing in common - the indefatigable spirit of their heroines (no, I will not use the word protagonist - each of these wayward girls and wicked women are true heroines in their own right).In style, the stories range from the romantic (Oke of Okehurst by Vernon Lee) to realist (The Long Trial by Andree Chedid). Some of them are akin to fairy tales (The Earth by Djuna Barnes) while some are outright fables (The Debutante by Leonora Crrington, Three Feminist Fables by Suniti Namjoshi). One cannot be even called a story, rather a vignette (Girl by Jamaica Kicaid).Angela Carter's own story, The Loves of Lady Purple, is the most powerful story of the collection and the most difficult to categorise. It can be seen either as a fable, dark fantasy, or horror: but whatever be the genre, this dark tale of a puppet come to life, making the dark fantasies of her master a horrifying reality, may be seen to supply the theme for the entire book - a puppet breaking its strings.A worthwhile collection to read and to keep.

  • Rob
    2019-05-23 20:23

    Perhaps a complete review some day but in the meantime...The 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: ★★★★• "The Rainy Moon" by Colette: ★★★★• "Wedlock" by George Egerton: ★★★» The cockney makes it a bit tough to follow at points but otherwise good stuff.• "Violet" by Frances Towers: ★★★½» Twisted and feeling like it may require a re-read at some point.• "The Plums" by Ama Ata Aidoo: ★★★★★• "A Woman Young and Old" by Grace Paley: ★★★★• "The Long Trial" by André Chedid: ★★★★• "The Loves of Lady Purple" by Angela Carter: ★★★★★» It's like a twisted "Pinnochio" in reverse? (and/or essentially making it a Pygmalion story?)• "The Earth" by Djuna Barnes: ★★★★★• "Oke of Okehurst" by Vernon Lee: ★★★½» Surreal and bizarre and great (if a bit long and stylistically rambling).• "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid: ★★★★★• "Aunt Liu" by Luo Shu: ★★★★

  • Nibi
    2019-05-06 23:02

    well, that for sure took some time.

  • Natalie Bowers
    2019-05-21 15:06

    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 feel cheated when it played out as I thought it would. The women were definitely wayward, but I could understand their actions. Makes me wonder about myself ...'The Debutante' gets 4 stars: a surreal story about the lengths people might go to get out of doing something they really don't want to do. Well-written, non-judgmentally and pragmatically so.TBC ...Gave up a two thirds of the way through. The latter stories just didn't hold my attention. Following the plots felt like too much hard work. Shame. It started off so well.

  • Katie
    2019-05-20 16:06

    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 "but what else could they have done?" which, while it's an interesting perspective to read from, did get a little wearing.That complaint aside, there were some stories that I really enjoyed. The folk tale style of the story of Lena and Una, complete with typical folk justice, was particularly good and the haunting story of the Okes of Okehampton reminded me of Daphne du Maurier. All in all, an interesting collection, but not one I think I'm likely to read again.

  • Lee Kofman
    2019-05-06 16:08

    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 authors, particularly the South-African writer Bessy Head and the Latino-American writer Rocky Gamez and will be looking for more of their works. Other highlights for me were Colette’s and Grace Paley’s stories (also my first forays into their oeuvres, but at least I’m familiar with these writers). Overall it was an exquisite racy read.

  • Marsha
    2019-05-21 22:08

    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 sure whether she’s lonely without her husband or just coming to a realization about her sexuality), the stories have such a stifling air that wading from one to another is like coming out of a marsh to find yourself falling into a swamp. Fairy tales dealing with desperate heroines will give you more in the way of subtext without all this plodding commentary.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-27 17:15

    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 if I didn't enjoy one there was likely to be another coming along that I would.Other highlights included: The Last Crop, Wedlock, Oke of Okehurst, and Girl.

  • Manda
    2019-05-11 16:05

    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.

  • ieva
    2019-05-04 18:29

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

  • Garan
    2019-05-07 21:25

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

  • Kara
    2019-05-03 22:14

    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.

  • Tristan Egarr
    2019-05-20 19:04

    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.

  • Meg
    2019-05-21 19:28

    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!

  • Torie
    2019-05-09 21:07

    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.

  • Jessie
    2019-05-22 18:26

    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.

  • Justine
    2019-05-10 16:04

    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.

  • Claire
    2019-05-11 21:18

    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.

  • Jasmine
    2019-05-07 15:16

    Standouts:VioletLifeA Woman Young & OldThree Feminist FablesThe Rainy Moon

  • Sarah
    2019-05-18 21:25

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

  • Sarah
    2019-05-03 21:23

    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.

  • Soledad
    2019-05-11 17:13

    Este libro marcó mi adolescencia y mis lecturas futuras.

  • Jakeyfatdog
    2019-05-10 19:03

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

  • Katie
    2019-05-06 15:07

    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.

  • Janet
    2019-05-03 21:04

    Anthology of short stories