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THE CATCH TRAP [Mass Market Paperback]

Marion Zimmer Bradley
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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July 12 1980
Tommy was born into a circus family, but he didn't want to join his father's act - he hated lions. His dreams were higher, up in the rigging with the flying trapeze. When Mario Santelli offered to teach him to fly, it was the start of not only a terrific circus act but also a lifelong partnership. A tremendously moving tale, a rich family saga, a wise and compassionate portrait of a special love in a special world.
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Marion Zimmer was born in Albany, NY, on June 3, 1930, and married Robert Alden Bradley in 1949. Mrs. Bradley received her B.A. in 1964 from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, then did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-67. She was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens, and made her first sale as an adjunct to an amateur fiction contest in 1949. She had written as long as she could remember, but wrote only for school magazines and fanzines until 1952, when she sold her first professional short story to VORTEX SCIENCE FICTION. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels. In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988. She also edited an annual anthology called SWORD AND SORCERESS for DAW Books. Over the years she turned more to fantasy. She wrote a novel of the women in the Arthurian legends-Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others-entitled MISTS OF AVALON, which made the NY Times best seller list both in hardcover and trade paperback, and she also wrote THE FIREBRAND, a novel about the women of the Trojan War. She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Gem July 17 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had read and enjoyed The Dreyfus Affair, and one of the people who reviewed it here mentioned that The Catch Trap covered some of the same ground better. I read the description and immediately decided it wasn't for me. I don't care for circuses, and I don't particularly care for works set in this era. For some reason, though, the title stuck with me--perhaps because I have enjoyed Marion Zimmer Bradley's works in the past, so one day I picked up the book in the library and read the blurb. Again, it just didn't appeal to me, so I put it back. A few days later, I was desperate for something to read and finally gave it a try.
I am so glad I did. This is a rich and beautifully nuanced novel. The characters came to life for me as only a few have in many years of voracious reading. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone. Don't let the description put you off!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I ever read!! June 20 2003
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As a disclaimer, some portions of the novel are disturbing. There is violence and strong sexual content.
Now that that is out of the way. This is an incredible story of an Italian family circus act in the 40 and 50's. I found my self laughing and crying when reading this book. I could not put it down. I became obsessed (It's that good!!) I wanted to know all the secrets of the Santelli family. I wanted to fly on the trapeze, live in a trailer and travel the country. I wanted to punch Mario for being so afraid, kick Johnny for what he did to Stella and love Tommy as if he were my own son.
I have recommended it to all of my friends and I can say that this is the best book I have ever read and now that it's finished I am sad to say goodbye to Mario, Tommy, Angelo, Stella, Johnny, Lucia and all the members of the Santelli family. But I can't stay sad for long, because 'The Santelli's are always ready' and after reading this book, I am one of them.
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Most of the positive things that have been said about this book are true. The detail is vivid, the characters are believable and complex, and the issues that the book faces are very important.
However, this is NOT a book for the faint of heart or for the easily offended. It is very far from political correctness, there is quite a bit of violence involved (especially between the two main characters, which DID disturb me), and the emotional intensity of the book comes to the point of pain for the reader. While I understand that this is probably pretty realistic as far as gay life of the time was concerned, and MZB's storytelling usually has a strong effect on me, this was to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Hence, only four stars -- you know what they say about too much of a good thing being bad....
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can SMELL the popcorn... Aug. 5 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Amazing, wonderful writing.... MZB has truly done a labor of love....a rich, steamy, thick work of writing....
The plotting, structure, narrative...a must read.....
enjoy it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced, Richly Detailed Drama June 19 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Bradley has crafted a beautiful epic around two circus performers. The novel is well reserached and brings the atmosphere of the circus to life. Without being cliche and predictable Bradley weaves love, loss and loyalty into a delicious narrative that leaves you waiting for the sequel. It's full of surprises! I highly recommend this book. In a word: eloquent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is MZB's Best Book Nov. 10 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Catch Trap is not only elegantly written, full of detail and complex in its characterization, it is the most tightly written of MZB's larger novels. I would kill to play the walk-on role of Barney should it be filmed. Most interestingly, at her funeral it was revealed that she wrote this remarkable Gay themed novel in 1948! --Long before anybody else was even attempting such a positive statement about Gayness. Buy two copies if you haven't read it: one for yourself, and one for the first person to whom you want to give it. I rank this next to Mary Renault's The Last of the Wine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect love story Oct. 11 1999
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it was the best love story ever, perfectly designed by a great author like marion zimmer bradlley. if you like romance, action, drama, family values, this is the book for you. you'll love it from the first page till the last.a passionant book, i started reading it, and just couldn't stop, when i finished it i held it close to my chest. it's that good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To be read, reread and read again 'till death July 6 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I came to this book fortuitously, being a real fans of MZB Darkover novels. I never thought to find myself with such a moving tale. Over 700 pages of pure contentment, too soon devoured! The story of this love is the paramount of MSB's creation.
I wonder why this book was never translated, here in France, or why it was never advertised in any way, is Marion ashamed of this work?
Another question is 'Are we to know what happened to Tommy during those few years of separation?'. I think this is room enough for another novel, and another sleepless night...
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