THE CATCH TRAP Mass Market Paperback – Jul 12 1980
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About the Author
Marion Zimmer Bradley is probably best known for her Darkover novels and her best-selling Arthurian novel THE MISTS OF AVALON. 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, and an annual anthology, SWORD AND SORCERESS. For more information, see her website: www.mzbworks.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Though I'm usually not a big fan of long novels full of lots of detail, this book is riveting. The characters are full, rich, complicated people with complex, endlessly fascinating relationships. When I finished the book, I was genuinely sad to leave these people I had grown to love. The Santelli family had become real to me, almost as if I belonged to them in some way, and Tommy and Mario were my friends. And I felt like I knew so intimately what the life of traveling circus performers had been like.
In addition to great characters and a great story, Bradley does a superior job of
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.
PS - If you have enough self-control, don't read the back or the front of the book until after you've gotten at least two hundred pages in. I would give a lot for some of the things in that book to be a suprise to me, and I hate it that I threw away the chance.
Most recent customer reviews
Marion Zimmer Bradley captures well the challenges that outsiders faced in mid-century America, whether they were circus folk set among small communities or, more specifically, the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shawn Murphy
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. Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by Karen Tobin
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2001 by A.J. Chodan
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..... Read more
Bradley has crafted a beautiful epic around two circus performers. The novel is well reserached and brings the atmosphere of the circus to life. Read morePublished on June 19 2000 by David Oliveras
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 1999 by email@example.com
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 1999
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. Read morePublished on July 6 1999 by Dragon.firstname.lastname@example.org