"Several Perceptions", by Angela Carter

Novel, 1968

Pithy, unsentimental and wonderfully charged romance of sorts in a very down at heel late 1960s England. A book in which Carter presents psychologically spoiled tramps, prostitutes and other folk struggling but firing off an undeniably vitality, even when they’re at their most lonely and vulnerable. The opening is superbly wordy-evocative and the book maintains a tension and intrigue throughout. A possible case of a sketch of characters rather than exploration of society, but this is too good a book to unduly criticise in such a way. 

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