Quotation by Angela Carter

I always used to suffer a great deal if I let myself get too close to reality since the definitive world of the everyday with its hard edges and harsh light did not have enough resonance to echo the demands I made upon experience. It was as if I never experienced experience as experience. Living never lived up to the expectations I had of it—the Bovary syndrome.
Angela Carter (1942–1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. "Flesh and the Mirror," Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, p. 69 (1974).
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