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Atheneum, 1987 - Fiction - 869 pages
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A picaresque novel about the adventures of a 19th-century circus, from the embittered post-Civil War South to the glittering and decadent capitals and courts of Europe. From the bestselling author of Aztec and The Journeyer.

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One of my favourites of all time. Full of real life metaphore and ever exciting. I wish it to be translated to e-books.

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I really, really wanted to like this book; it is, after all, about the circus, but Jennings somehow managed to suck all the life out of my favorite subject. The book is a huge time-investment ... Read full review

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About the author (1987)

Born in Buena Vista, Va., Gary Jennings worked as an account executive in advertising and as managing editor of Dude and Gent magazines before becoming a full time writer. His early works were written for young adults, but he has since become well known as a writer of extensively researched, epic historical fiction. Jennings immerses himself in the culture of the period and locale to gain the background for his novels. Before writing Aztec (1980), Jennings lived in Mexico for 12 years and studied the Nahuatl language. The popularity of this novel resulted in the sequel, Aztec Autumn (1997). To give depth and flavor to his novel, The Journeyer (1984), Jennings followed a route to China, sometimes traveling by camel or elephant, in the manner of Marco Polo.

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