Nights at the Circus

Carter, Angela

Book - 1993
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Nights at the Circus
Sophi Fevvers-the toast of Europe's capitals, courted by the Prince of Wales, painted by Toulouse-Lautrec-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-and the reader-on an intoxicating trip through turn-of-the-century London, St. Petersburg, and Siberia-a tour so magical that only Angela Carter could have created it.

Publisher: New York, NY : Penguin Books, 1993
ISBN: 0140077030
Branch Call Number: FICTION CARTER
Characteristics: 294 p. ;,20 cm


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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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