Heroes and Villains

Angela Carter
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Heroes and Villains


I'm 1/3 of the way through this book, and I can't finish. Or rather, I won't.

People seem to like this book. It's on David Pringle's 100 Best Novels List after all. I don't like it much. Initially, I was intrigued by the idea and I thought the writing was pretty eye-catching.

But then it got bogged down in overly long descriptions, unlikable characters, and dated plot devices. Girl doesn't belong in civilized society, so she leaves and joins the barbarians who are both as savage and less savage than she anticiapted.

Maybe I'm not appreciating the book enough, but I think I'm a good enough reader to know when I'm bored, and this morning when I went to go read some more I couldn't think anything but, "Man, I'd rather not read this."

This book is dated. That's the truth. It reads like some weird romance novel than anything else. I'd recommend skipping it, but some people might enjoy it.