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Nights at the Circus

Carter, Angela (Book - 1993 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Nights at the Circus
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Sophi Fevvers#151;the toast of Europe's capitals, courted by the Prince of Wales, painted by Toulouse-Lautrec#151;is an aerialiste 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 him#151;and the reader#151;on an intoxicating trip through turn-of-the-century London, St. Petersburg, and Siberia#151;a tour so magical that only Angela Carter could have created it.
Authors: Carter, Angela, 1940-1992
Title: Nights at the circus
Publisher: New York, NY : Penguin Books, 1993
Characteristics: 294 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Angela Carter
ISBN: 9780140077032
0140077030
Branch Call Number: FICTION CARTER
Subject Headings: Circus performers Fiction Circus Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Topical Term: Circus performers
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Is Fevvers really part woman and part swan, or all phony?

Sophia Fevvers and her circus are on a tour of the world capitals during the turn of the last century. Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to discover Fevvers's true identity: Is she part swan or all fake?


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May 31, 2013
  • finn75 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Sep 02, 2012
  • thomd rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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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