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The Seventh Horse And Other Tales

4.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  157 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
This collection of Carrington's fiction, the most comprehensive so far, includes a novella and 18 short stories written between the late 1930s and the early '70s in French, Spanish and English. All these tales take place in fantastic, eerie landscapes and are narrated in surreal, stylized voices. Carrington (House of Fear, etc.) creates not characters and situations, but a ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 13th 1988 by Plume (first published 1977)
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Nate D
Jan 05, 2012 Nate D rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the hidden bird-girl sisters in the attic
Recommended to Nate D by: a huntress, riding a wheel among feline entourage
Leonora Carrington, expelled from convent school and defying parental wishes in order to study painting, eloped from England with Max Ernst in 1937, at age 19, soon joining her excellent visual work with an outpouring of writing in both French and English, some of the very best that first-wave interwar surrealism had to offer. Along with House of Fear, this collects the majority of Carrington's short fiction from that period, from New York during the war for surrealist journal VVV and others, an ...more
Eddie Watkins
Sep 29, 2014 Eddie Watkins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uk-fiction
Leonora Carrington is not a surrealist, she is Leonora Carrington. She is also a creative alembic with the capacity to transform everything she touches - every plant animal mineral, every personal emotional upheaval, every beef with authorities (authorities of every kind) – into an infectious concoction of the purely imaginative.

Her work is fantastical (in the true, the best, sense), and being fantastical in the true, the best, sense means it presents an alternative-seeming world while staying
Mar 01, 2012 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all spirits hovering on the fringes of consciousness
Shelves: surrealism
The more I find out about Leonora Carrington, the more I love her. From the very 1st story, "As They Rode Along the Edge", she sets the tone for her being an extremely strong-willed visionary (for a recited version of this story w/ illustrations by Justin Duerr & Mandy Katz go to: ). She's described on the back cover as "A precocious child, expelled from convent school" & her anti-Christian enthusiasm & full-blown paganism is completely heartf ...more
Jun 30, 2007 Ione rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of angela carter
This collection of some of Leonora's strangest short stories are much like her paintings--surreal, haunting, logic-defying, and irreverent. Many of the stories are peppered with alchemical symbols, much like her art, and leave you wondering about what's beneath the surface of it all. One of the best pieces in the book is the novella "The Stone Door," about a Hungarian Jew from the 20th century who wonders through his life in this century aimlessly, but finds passion across time in Mesopotomia wh ...more
Carrington at her best. When I first enjoyed her paintings I was really thrilled to find out that she also wrote many short stories and a couple of novellas, I expected that someone with her imagination would be able to craft some really great works. I was not disappointed. Her stories feel like dreams, and while it is true that most of them lack an actual ending or sense of conclusion I think that this only adds to their power: it feels all the more like waking up from a very strange and lucid ...more
May 21, 2015 Helen rated it it was amazing
When someone asks which writers are in my pantheon, easily Leonora Carrington will be up there right next to Angela Carter and Jorge Luis Borges.
Dec 21, 2007 lisa_emily rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: quirky types
Shelves: tales
I love this book! It's a collection of very short stories from one of Surrealism's most imaginative painters. The stories evoke humor and magic.
N.J. Ramsden
Sep 22, 2015 N.J. Ramsden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carrington produced some wonderfully odd work, and along with Angela Carter, her folktale-like stories are among the best of their kind I've read. The Skeleton's Holiday and The Three Hunters exemplify Carrington's early playfulness very well, and The Stone Door is a magnificently strange mixture of mythologies and surrealism. The problem with this collection, which may or may not be representative, I can't say, is that there're several pieces that lose their way a bit and end up feeling more ha ...more
Nov 01, 2015 Leif rated it it was amazing
You haven't known living until you've died wide-eyed in one of Carrington's knotted-up and seductively sultry tales. Surrealism sure, but brilliant without a doubt.
Jul 06, 2011 Jukka added it
The Seventh Horse - Leonora Carrington

A collection of mysterious and surreal short stories and a novella.

I read this together with The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver which made an interesting mix. Surrealist writer Andre Breton is mentioned in Lacuna. Carrington was a surreallist painter in Mexico City in the same time period as Lacuna. She was friends with both Kahlo and Rivera -- unfortunately she made no appearance in Kingsolver's book.

There is something arbitrary to these stories, which caused
Jun 17, 2014 K. rated it really liked it
Virginia Fur
Apr 06, 2016 Tatiana rated it liked it
Ella tiene un ingenio singular y se nota rápidamente en su escritura. Sin embargo, esta no llega a conectar con el autor y en cambio tiende a ser literatura juvenil.
Jaina Bee
Feb 11, 2009 Jaina Bee rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jaina Bee by: Christine via Linda
An intoxicating traipse through the jagged, dripping splendors of this marvelous woman's imagination. A wonderful place to start if you're curious.
Vale Saez
Apr 23, 2013 Vale Saez rated it it was amazing
Maravilloso. Pura imaginación.
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Leonora Carrington was a British-born artist, a surrealist painter and while living in Mexico, a novelist.
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