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THE CATCH TRAP Mass Market Paperback – Jul 12 1980


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 12 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345290666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345290663
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,562,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Karen Tobin on 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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By A Customer on June 20 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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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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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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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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By A Customer on 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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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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