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Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
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Ronald Firbank! Of course, Ronald Firbank was smart enough to not let it go on for too long.

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"A redoubtable corset of the kind called an Iron Maiden poked out of the empty coalscuttle like the pink husk of a giant prawn emerging from its den, trailing long laces like several sets of legs."

"So Walser survived the plague in Setzuan, the assegai in Africa, a sharp dose of buggery in a bedouin tent beside the Damascus road and much more,"

"the King of Portugal gave her a skipping rope of egg-shaped pearls,"

"though they said she was 'divinely tall', there was, off-stage, not much of the divine about her unless there were gin palaces in heaven where she might preside behind the bar."

"Hitherto, this woman had taken no part in the interview but stood stiffly beside the mirror holding a glass of wine like a weapon, ... She had a brisk air of bristle, like a terrier bitch. There was ex-whore written all over her."

"'Midsummer, yes. The year's green hinge.'"

"(The tiger) came out of the corridor like orange quicksilver,"

"'He's living proof that travel don't broaden the mind; instead, it renders a man banal."
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Reading Progress

November 18, 2016 – Started Reading
November 18, 2016 – Shelved
December 1, 2016 – Finished Reading
December 12, 2016 – Shelved as: big-white-square

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