The Aerialist

The Aerialist

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The dark, seemingly glitzy world of an American traveling circus is the setting for Richard Schmitt's brilliant debut novel The Aerialist.On the edge of Venice, Florida, lie the winterquarters -- a circus in repose. One day Gary -- who hasn't cared much what sort of job he's had -- finds himself signing on as a circus hand. Everyone has seen or heard of the wirewalker, the trapeze artist, and the clown, but there are others: The "twenty-four-hour man" who arrives in a town first to post arrows that point the way to the lot; the "bullhands" who remove the elephants' excrement out from under their tumultuous bodies; the "butchers" who distract the audience from the wonders on stage so that they might purchase a cotton candy or a plastic ray-gun. Gary becomes instantly familiar with this new life -- a life for which he has abandoned everything and nothing at all.In story-like chapters, Richard Schmitt describes a hapless, magical existence in an American voice as starkly resonant as that of Richard Ford -- and through his description of Gary's inevitable progression from circus hand to wire-walker, the circus emerges as a symbol of human aspiration.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 295 pages
  • 161.8 x 236.7 x 25.4mm | 597.18g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1585670707
  • 9781585670703

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