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The surreal odyssey of a man whose wife vanishes on the stage of a circus is the subject of this impressive debut.
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In this dreamlike, nightmarish novel, the action is continually shifting from the nearly incomprehensible to the nearly normal. The protagonist, Alex, watches as his wife volunteers for a disappearing act at a circus on the island of Verre. When she does not return, and no one seems even to remember her, he sets off on a surreal odyssey filled with horrors, torture--both physical and mental--and a cast of characters from a different world: the world of the circus. Alex's adventures, bizarre encounters, and musings are punctuated by photographs of circus performers. He finds what he seeks, but what is it? What was it? Author Stevens, who worked as a tiger groom with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circuses, has written an amazing first novel that strikes repeatedly at the core of the notion of the performer, the performance, and the unknown. Eloise Kinney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
This book operates on an entirely different plane than most other novels. It is an action novel that's simultaneously psychological, mythological and emotional. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2000 by George Parker
I pretty much wept for joy when I read this book. It was like Brooke Stevens had gotten into my head at night and captured my dreams. The book is a dream. Read morePublished on April 25 1999 by Nathaniel Eaton (EatonNat@aol.com)