Nights at the Circus

Nights at the Circus

Book - 1985
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Penguin Putnam
Sophi Fevversthe toast of Europe's capitals, courted by the Prince of Wales, painted by Toulouse-Lautrecis anaerialiste extraordinaire, star of Colonel Kearney's circus. She is also part woman, part swan. Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to discover Fevvers's true identity: Is she part swan or all fake? Dazzled by his love for Fevvers, and desperate for the scoop of a lifetime, Walser joins the circus on its tour. The journey takes himand the readeron an intoxicating trip through turn-of-the-century London, St. Petersburg, and Siberiaa tour so magical that only Angela Carter could have created it.

Baker & Taylor
American journalist Jack Walser travels with an enchanted circus that features literate chimpanzees, tragic clowns, idealist brigands, a structuralist Siberian shaman, and a six-foot, two-inch blond aerialist who is part swan and part woman

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking, [1985]
ISBN: 9780670803750
Characteristics: 295 p. cm


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May 31, 2013

Loved this book. Fantastic magical characters. A big story in a small book.

Sep 02, 2012

Seems to me the "style" of the novel changed in each of the three parts - the first (from Jack's point of view) had many large words (Brobdingnagian!), and I enjoyed that quite a bit. I was lost through the second section - it didn't seem to coalesce, and had a third person point of view. Didn't like that section. The third jumped back and forth with an omniscient Jack as one point of view - the only one that works in this case, considering what happened to him. And yes, it brought the story together - mostly. Then there was the last few pages, which talked of a subplot I really didn't see.

Reading through some other reviews which rave about this book, I find it hard to figure out what I missed. I'd like to chat with someone who loves this book, but I doubt I will read it again.


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Laura_X May 01, 2015

The child's laughter is pure until he first laughs at a clown.


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