Under the Big Top A Season With the Circus (Paperback)
|Author: Bruce S. Feiler|
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|The bestselling author of "Walking the Bible" renders "a stunning collective portrait of an ingrown community with its own history, hierarchy, and traditions" ("The New Yorker").|
From the Publisher:
Both a great American adventure and a rare entry into asheltered world, Under the Big Top describes one man's pursuit of every child's fantasy: running away to join the circus. Bruce Feiler's unforgettable year as a clown will forever change your view of one of the world's oldest art forms and remind you of how dreams can go horribly wrong -- and then miraculously come true.The author's account of living out a childhood fantasy documents his 9,100-mile journey as a circus clown and offers a behind-the-scenes view of an exotic, magical, often dangerous life and a look at America from a unique perspective. Reprint.In Under the Big Top, Bruce Feiler tells two parallel stories. The first is a unique look behind the stoic masks of circus performers - at the fears of stepping into a cage with nine tigers, at the anxiety of learning a new trick on the flying trapeze. The second is an uncensored glance into the secret, often seedy private lives of these performers, filled with sin and sacrifice, sex and death. Masterfully weaving these two tales, Feiler has created a riveting portrait of the marginal world of the circus as it collides every day with mainstream America.
"Mr. Feiler...is a keen and thoughtful observer, at his best when describing the love of circus people for their difficult, dangerous and financially tortuous way of life." - Jean Hanff Korelitz 07/23/1995 New Yorker
"[A] stunning collective portrait of an ingrown community with its own history, hierarchy, and traditions." 09/11/1995