Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
The quote for today’s Teaser Tuesday comes from Angela Carter’s ‘The Passion of New Eve’. At first it didn’t really notice it, but the title might be a play on ‘The Passion of the Christ’. I get the feeling I’ll be coming across a lot of biblical references on creation and the fall.
The book itself is set in the near future between London and America. With dystopian landscapes galore, it really is a feast for the senses. This is the story of one man’s (Evelyn) journey through feminine sexuality. Without giving too much away, it’s an extraordinary story about sex-change, feminine revenge and weird woman cult’s. It’s a fantasy/ science-fiction/ psychological thriller type of book, which explores the mythologies built-up around gender roles. Even though I’m still at the beginning, I’m already hooked.
“I would go to the desert, to the waste heart of that vast country, the desert on which they turned their backs for fear it would remind them of emptiness – the desert, the arid zone, there to find, chimera of chimeras, there, in the ocean of sand, among bleached rocks of the untenanted part of the world, I thought I might find that most elusive of chimeras, myself.
And so, in the end, I did, although this self was a perfect stranger to me.”
Carter’s work is highly feminist and political in it’s approach to gender roles. When Evelyn is captured by a cult and surgically changed into a woman (Eve), he begins to experience the inequalities facing the fairer sex. This is a very dark tale of transgression, but incredibly fascinating at the same time. I agree when they say that Angela Carter is the best woman writer of her time. ‘The Passion of New Eve’ is a rare post-feminist gem that should be read by all dystopian lovers.