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Clown Girl: A Novel Paperback – January 4, 2007
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I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next. Speaking of which, where's Katharine Dunn with a successor to Geek Love?
But then I decided to give the book another try, and I'm so glad that I did. The images and emotions evoked merely by the language used is reason enough to read the book. There is always a sense that there is more going on beneath the words on the page than what first appears. The narration of Nita (or Clown Girl) is witty and usually fun to read, and it is this first-person narration that finally drew me in, and once I began caring about what happened to Nita, I was hooked, and willing to accept that this novel is a complete caricature, a representation. It is one of the best-written, original, and satisfying books I have read in a long time, and I recommend it, knowing that the content will not appeal to everyone.
I have one small concern with the way one of the major themes of the novel is presented. Various internal monologues and conversations throughout the book indicate that Nita is coming to terms with the fact that she can make her own choices, that life does not or should not just happen to her.
This idea is presented attractively, if somewhat simplistically.Read more ›
This, however, is not that book.
The story follows young Nita (you can call her Sniffles) who is struggling to make ends meet. Working the circuit in her home land of Baloneytown, Nita twists balloons into vague religious shapes, tries to find her lost rubber chicken and her drug-addicted dog, and deals with the absence of her beloved, a man named Rex Galore (he's away at Clown College, paid for by guess who?). The only thing is, Nita's got a heart problem (uh, ahem, an actual, physical heart problem), and so she's working fewer hours, earning less money, and her ex-boyfriend/landlord is threatening to kick her out of house and home. Add to the mix a cinnamon-scented copper with a stalkerish streak, and you've got more problems than a clown should have to deal with.
Drake shows us Nita's struggles through her daisy-shaped sunglasses, so those difficulties are all tinted with a painted smirk and lots of punny rejoinders. It's a silly-serious mood that works quite well at first, but which begins to grate more and more as the novel devolves into soap opera theatrics. By the final pages, what is meant to be funny is as eye-rolling as any knock-knock joke, and what is meant to be serious is just plain laughable.Read more ›
The book is well written and there are genuinely funny parts. If the reader has been searching for material that nominally deals with clown prostitution and clowns getting pregnant, then maybe this is the book you've been searching for. But for out and out weirdness, nothing touches Geek Love.
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Mesmerizing prose, crazy characters, lovable in their dysfunction. So much goes wrong, but all is not lost. A terrific author!Published 2 months ago by Hiker
This was definitely a different story from anything else I've ever read, but I must admit that I quite enjoyed it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
like other reviewers i too grew bored or weary with the puns and tragic outcomes of a life being wasted in jokery by p. 125. i skipped ahead to p. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Patrick Moore LMT Educator
I've known about this book since its publication and feel silly for having just picked it up and read it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Vanessa Johnson
This is the complete review as it appears <a href="http://ianwoodnovellum.blogspot.com/2014/09/clown-girl-by-monica-drake. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
In a world where teen books are numerous (fun but not engaging literature), clown girl gave me the same fun, soul searching insight with a true literary flare. I highly enjoyed it! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Crystal Marelli
I bought'a this'a book'a for my uncle Gino. He no like'a this'a book'a.
First, he want'a become like a clown and thought this'a book'a to learn. NO PICTURES! Read more