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Monday, 21 February, 2011

Best Circus Novel?
(with comments)

Let's say somebody wanted to read a novel about a circus. What would you recommend?


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  1. By Patricio. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @06:03pm:
    Something Wicked This Way Comes. Of course.
  2. By Mrs. Redwood. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @06:11pm:
    Water for Elephants
  3. By Lew Wallace. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @06:23pm:
  4. By rahntwo. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @06:29pm:
    The Funhouse
  5. By Gee.... Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @06:31pm:
    "Spangle" is good but "Water for Elephants" is better
  6. By jhenderson. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @06:33pm:
    Trick question?
  7. By meg_mac. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @06:33pm:
    Water for Elephants
  8. By wally the duck. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @06:59pm:
    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
  9. By scot. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @07:05pm:
    Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. Hands down.
  10. By Toad. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @07:08pm:
    Nice, wally. I really enjoyed that series.
  11. By kim. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @07:10pm:
    "Water For Elephants" has the best ending of any book I've ever read (that's thousands... maybe(probably) more)
  12. By christopher. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @07:14pm:
    Son of the Circus
  13. By Schmittenhammer. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @07:16pm:
    United States politics. ;)
  14. By chazunga. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @07:26pm:
    One of Ray Bradbury's best novels was centered around a circus. Was it Something Wicked This Way Comes?
  15. By chazunga. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @07:27pm:
    Oh; thanks, Patricio.
  16. By Curtis. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @08:16pm:
    Okay, it's sideshows not circuses, but Nightmare Alley is essential. And it's finally coming to Kindle.
  17. By Gal Heathen. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @08:22pm:
    Water For Elephants. It's in my top 10 favorite books ever. And I've read plenty of books.

    When I was done reading the book, I casted the movie in my head. I had Adrian Brody as Jacob, Anne Hathaway as Marlena. I almost cried when I found out the movie had been made and stars that dweeb from Twilight and Reese Witherspoon as Marlena (FAIL).
  18. By laly. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @08:41pm:
    Elmer Gantry by Harry Sinclair Lewis
  19. By concertinist. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @11:37pm:
    I'm shocked at the missing offerings, although some of the current ones are amusing (some are bemusing and one is demusing).

    What about:
    La Strada
    Elephant Man
    Marx Brothers at the Circus

    guilty pleasure
    7 Faces of Dr. Lao

    guilty displeasure:
    I didn't like Wings of Desire

    non-guilty displeasure;
    Roustabout w/ Elvis Presley
    Big Top Pee-wee
  20. By concertinist. Comment posted 21-Feb-2011 @11:53pm:
    Oh, wait. We're supposed to read the instructions before we post, right? Novels, you say... Maybe I could rescue a couple of these, but, oh well, never mind.
  21. By concertinist. Comment posted 22-Feb-2011 @12:05am:
    The Man Who Laughs - Victor Hugo (which eventually led to the character of The Joker).
  22. By Wendy!. Comment posted 22-Feb-2011 @12:57am:
    The Man Who Laughs Concertinist? And next you will say Toilers of the Sea is about an Octopus.
  23. By AirForceOne. Comment posted 22-Feb-2011 @01:17am:
    Psychiatric help!
  24. By AirForceOne. Comment posted 22-Feb-2011 @01:19am:
    or my fathers book Circus Boy (unpublished).

    I hate circuses nearly as much as I hate clowns.
  25. By Ike. Comment posted 22-Feb-2011 @04:16am:
    vote #2 for Geek Love.
  26. By Charles. Comment posted 22-Feb-2011 @04:53am:
    Not a novel but a true story: "Lobster Boy: The Bizarre Life and Brutal Death of Grady Stiles Jr."

  27. By VP. Comment posted 22-Feb-2011 @09:34am:
    Geek Love, full stop.
  28. By tM. Comment posted 22-Feb-2011 @11:30am:
    Quad ditto on Geek Love
  29. By Mr. Stubbs. Comment posted 22-Feb-2011 @01:36pm:
    Toby Tyler: Or Ten Weeks With A Circus.
  30. By Ray Trygstad. Comment posted 23-Feb-2011 @02:40pm:
    Definitely City of Baraboo by Barry Longyear; first in a series.
  31. By pixi. Comment posted 22-Jul-2012 @06:07am:
    Many of the titles listed are about carnival not circus - doesn't anybody out there know the difference? Spangles had a lot of good research but still took the shock horror route. The great circus novel still awaits publication.
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