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The Seventh Horse And Other Tales

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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 ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 13th 1988 by Plume (first published 1988)
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Nate D
Aug 31, 2011 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, ...more
Eddie Watkins
Nov 13, 2009 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
Oct 19, 2008 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 ...more
Jun 30, 2007 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 ...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
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There were a few standout stories here (I liked all the animated corpses/skeletons doing things but it might just be my aesthetic).

For the most part though, reading this collection is like listening to someone recount their dream: hard to follow, generally boring, and most likely pointless to you.
Mar 08, 2015 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 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.
Tania Labastida Mendoza
Excelentes cuentos <3 <3 <3
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
A bit too crazy for my liking, though some of the images were quire startling
Teresa O.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Leonora's art is amazing: passionate, wild and magical.
Her tales are like tales for grown-ups and her heroines, often depicted as half-beasts, are fascinating, unconventional and refreshing.
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: jaunty skeletons
Recommended to S̶e̶a̶n̶ by: Nate D

On the outskirts of our sad savage town, I was overcome by a feeling of profound melancholy, though I fought it off by stuffing a large amount of jasmine essence up my nose.

Remember that trousers are the first rung down the ladder of degeneration.

This is a love letter to a nightmare.

These few statements are ones pulled in a random attempt to sum up this wondrous collection of surrealist painter and writer Leonora Carrington's short fiction. The pieces range from the folkloric and fairy
N.J. Ramsden
Aug 18, 2015 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 ...more
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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
Vale Saez
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Maravilloso. Pura imaginación.
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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.
Nov 01, 2015 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.
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Leonora Carrington was an English-born Mexican artist, surrealist painter, and novelist. She lived most of her adult life in Mexico City, and was one of the last surviving participants in the Surrealist movement of the 1930s. Carrington was also a founding member of the Women’s Liberation Movement in Mexico during the 1970s.
“Do you believe, she went on, that the past dies?

Yes, said Margaret. Yes, if the present cuts its throat.”
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