- File Size: 1173 KB
- Print Length: 95 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 22, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E3QDBDK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,754,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lloyd Fonvielle's "Circus" is a magical performance.
I say "magical" because it takes the reader into a magical world
of imagination, color, longing, and odd triumph.
It is the sprawling account of a young boy's magical encounter
with the magical circus, although "sprawling" is really not the right word for it, as the story is so tight that you don't lose track of a single character. Not for a single second. Everyone is united under Colonel Greenbaugh's fabulous
"Circus" itself is a depiction, in more than one way, of love's sacrifice:
from the complete self-giving of a child to another child, to the unrequited adult loving that comes from a burned-over man. The fact that Fonvielle has told his story of love's sacrifice within the exotic context of the great American circus, a phenomenon now mostly in the past, puts it at a distance. Yet that very distance of the great American circus from us in 2013 brings home the power of his story in a way that, by the end, completely undoes you.
I did not expect to be jelly at the end of this book. I did not expect to be thrown onto the ground by the characters of 'Bap', the Kelly Twins, young Jasper, and Lily. I just didn't expect it.
I didn't think a short novel like "Circus" would pack such a cumulative punch. So I'm writing this review in a state of emotional shock. But it feels good.
"Circus" is a masterpiece, not of nostalgia but of the essence of what is noble in us -- love that comes to its point in the complete and conscious giving of a human self to another.
And he loves the "impossible possibilities" he sees in circus life, a traveling world of outsiders, a seemingly romantic world but one truly of the harshest realism, where human nature is laid bare in our desire to believe, and where grace and tragedy can both be found In the sawdust and elephant dung.
If you despise cynicism, appreciate moral complexity, value clear writing and respect pure feeling, read this book.