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Under the Big Top: A Season with the Circus

Under the Big Top A Season with the Circus 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 unforgetta

  • Title: Under the Big Top: A Season with the Circus
  • Author: Bruce Feiler
  • ISBN: 9780060527020
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 truBoth 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.

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    1. I really wanted to love this book. I've been fascinated with the circus for my entire life, and I'd read a little of Feiler's writing before (he had an article in Gourmet several years ago that I greatly enjoyed and still reread), and was prepared for this to be very engaging and well written.Instead, I was greatly disappointed by what I felt was flaccid, convoluted writing. The book gets off to a great start, with a compelling anecdote about an elephant who must be anesthetized so veterinarians [...]

    2. This book was like a performance in its own right. Feiler simultaneously guides the reader through his experience of entering the private backstage world of the circus, the stories of performers and workers, and describes the beauty of the circus performance itself. Throughout the book you are faced with the bond of family that both strengthens and threatens to tear apart life behind the bright lights. Many of the stories and secrets of the circus are things you would guess out, but what I found [...]

    3. I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I had expected to. Clearly, there are interesting stories and characters in the circus, and we get to see them here, but I don't think author Bruce Feiler chose the best structure to tell those stories. It certainly seems like a good idea to use the order of the circus show to organize the book (The order of the chapters reflecting the order of the acts and performers in the show), but I felt that this led to too much of the narrative switching back and fo [...]

    4. Picked this up on the spur of the moment, and I'm glad I did. It's not every nonfiction book that begins with a story of ingrown elephant toenails and ends with a human cannonball. Reading this made me want to visit the circus for the first time in years.

    5. I had high hopes for this book, having read The Queen of the Air. I thought this having been writen by a circus man, and closer to the period, it would be good.However, i found the antiquated language just to much to deal with. Had it been more than descriptions, I may have persevered.

    6. If you can read this inside survey of the circus and not want to immediately go see one, your childhood imagination is hopelessly lost without repair, friend.Divided roughly by the various acts and aspects of the circus, balancing chronology like a juggler, Feiler recounts with awe, and occasional grimace, the ins-and-outs of the circus during his year-long stint as a clown. Given how mercilessly modern pop culture has reduced the circus to an image of a dirty artifact of hucksterism, while clow [...]

    7. I picked this up in the gift shop at Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin which was the winter headquarters of Ringling Brothers from 1884 to 1918. The museum is a great place to visit, not only because it’s got a big top show complete with elephants, acrobats, clowns and aerial performers, but also because of the many fascinating historical exhibits and the colorful collection of beautifully restored vintage circus wagons. By the end of the day I was filled with nostalgia for a piece of [...]

    8. Bruce Feiler spent two years in Japan and came out with Learning to Bow, where paradoxically his attempts to gain dignity unknowingly made a fool of himself. The reader can figure out when Feiler is being scorned, but it's not entirely clear he knows it, then or at time of writing. Contradictorily, Feiler sets out in this book to be a clown but ends up capturing some surprising dignity of the circus life, which is a cultural phenom on the decline but still maintaining a hold on American culture. [...]

    9. Under the Big Top is just an amazing and truthful book, rich with detail. Bruce is a truely gifted writer who helps you feel as though you were there with him through it all.The only problems that I have with Under the Big Top would be the rushed ending. You feel as though Bruce is finally getting used to circus life and then the book is over. It's especially intriguing for circus lovers who are interested in knowing how modern circuses run, and circus life in general. It's eye-opening, as well, [...]

    10. Another life in the circus book, this one is nonfiction. Mr. Feiler spent a season traveling with the Clyde Beaty-Cole Brothers Circus, one of the last large tent circuses. He trains (very quickly) as a clown, and drops right into what he calls the two halves of the circus, the performances and the performers. It's obvious from the story telling that Mr. Feiler loved his experience, and made a lot of friends while he was with the circus, because he's very hesitant to say anything negative about [...]

    11. This book was mind blowing and fantastic. A from the first page I was fully captivated and moved by the intimacy with which Feiler writes the memoir. I'm a fanatic for early 20th century circuses and this completely satisfied. I love how he follows each player of the circus and gives their backstory. I'm collecting circus fiction and this is the first nonfiction in my collection and it's a true find to me because I dug it out of Strand Bookstore in NYC. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, as it [...]

    12. His tale is especially appealling because it makes it seem applicable even for the average reader who can't fathom joining the circus at this point in their lives. Wouldn't my co-workers be weirded out by the guy with a college degree working with them for a year? Do they even use the word 'co-worker?' Answers: yes, and probably not.Join the circus. It'll be worth it.

    13. Very solid, pleasant look at a year spent traveling with a tented three-ring circus. A good dose of circus history mixed with contemporary looks at the men and women who still live this life. Makes me want to look up the circus, which winters in DeLand, Florida, next time I'm down visiting my folks.

    14. Nostalgia As a child of the 50's, the circus and the county fair were two things I looked forward to every year. Bruce Feiler brought the circus to life from the performers point of view with an entertaining account of the year he worked as a circus clown.

    15. As said by another reviewer: I enjoyed this book but not as much as I expected to. I had a hard time connecting with the story and characters and it was a slow read for me (on a topic I find very interesting.)

    16. A great subject, with lots of sordid and fascinating tales. A bit depressing re: the decline of the classic circus, and some of the writing was manipulative and sloppy. But overall worth it for the insight into this unique community and experience.

    17. The circus is a microcosm of America. Feiler recounted his season as a clown with the Cole Brothers Circus. Telling the stories of those who performed and worked on the 8 month, 12,000 mile, 501 show season. He did a very nice job telling us about the souls whom he met and came to know.

    18. I love to read true stories about unique lifestylesd there aren't many more unique than the circus! Interesting and insightful look into a world many of us only ever know from inside the Big Top.

    19. Though I like the structure of the book, the stories the author alluded to seem more interesting than the ones he actually tells. It's a melancholy book rather than joyous not that I expected an overly happy portrait of a dying art.

    20. Awesome book! Love his writing style. He gives a picture of the circus and its community as a microcosm of American society at all levels while highlighting the circus as an American institution.

    21. Feiler, who joined a circus in America for a season in the early 90s as a clown, gives us a fascinating insider look at the circus, both in the ring and behind the scenes.

    22. I think this was the one we read in 5th grade, different cover somewhat facinating, somewhat boring. All it talked about is a young kid performing in a circus and the life of circus.

    23. Full of interesting stories but Feiler's book is too wordy, slow and broken up. I got frustrated with Feiler presenting half a story only to complete it many pages later.

    24. There were many interesting stories in this book - but I found that the author annoyed me and I started skimming the book towards the end.

    25. A fun read about circus life. It explained some of the terms that I didn't understand in Water for Elephants.

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