Circus of Wonders

Elizabeth Macneal

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Beschreibung

It is 1865 and in a coastal village in Hampshire, Nell picks violets for a living. Ostracized by her community because of the marks that pepper her skin, Nell keeps her head down and her sights small: her world is her beloved brother and devotion to the sea. Then, Jasper Jupiter's Carnival of Wonder arrives on the outskirts of the village. Nell keeps her distance, but the night after the circus has apparently left, she is kidnapped. Her father has sold her, promising Jasper Jupiter his very own leopard girl.

It is the greatest betrayal of Nell's life, but as she comes to know the other performers and Jasper's quieter, gentler brother Toby, Nell begins to wonder if becoming part of the Carnival of Wonder is the best thing that has ever happened to her.

Toby has always stuck to his brother's side: the shadow to his brother's luminous light. When Jasper served in the Crimean War, Toby followed with his camera, and they share a secret - hidden amongst the carnage of those battlefields - which binds them together.

But Toby is captivated by Nell. Because she has become Nellie Moon, the star of Jasper's show: in London she is written up in the papers as the eighth wonder of the world, figurines are cast in her image, and crowds rush to watch her soar through the air.

But who gets to tell Nell's story? And as she falls in love with Toby, can they plot their escape? As the world Jasper has created threatens to crash to the ground around him, Toby must decide where - finally - his loyalty lies.

This is a novel with a vivid, brilliant cast of characters, and themes of creativity and ownership, beauty and monstrosity, success and crashing failure, and the Victorian obsession with spectacle and the strange.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 384
Erscheinungsdatum 13.05.2021
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-5290-0251-5
Verlag Pan Macmillan
Maße (L/B/H) 23,3/15,4/3,2 cm
Gewicht 473 g
Verkaufsrang 5098

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Good story - wrong year!

Melanie Künzl, Thalia-Buchhandlung Wien

Call me oldfashioned, but in trying times like these (Covid-19), I'd like to read about people who solve their problems, who find solace and purpose and love. This book doesn't give me that. Which is a shame, becaue it's well written, the characters are psychologically sound, the world of the Victorian circus is marvellously described, without overlooking the horrors of the time. But the protagonists don't get the happy end they - and I - deserve, and that is not a story I want to read just now.

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