Wise Children by Angela Carter

"Wise Children" follows the lives of twin chorus girls, Dora and Nora Chance, as they navigate the ups and downs of their theatrical family in south London. The narrative, told from Dora's perspective, weaves in and out of time, recounting their experiences with their illegitimate father Melchior Hazard, a renowned Shakespearean actor, and his legitimate family. The novel explores themes of family, identity, legitimacy, and the magic of theater, all while maintaining a humorous and irreverent tone.

The 1245th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 393

Since this book was first published in 1991, there is a penalty of 27.2%. The age adjusted score is 286.1.

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