There is no way something this tragic could be relayed in all its detail but the way the author maks this a story including back stories and history of similar events really captures a bigger picture. The details, the descriptions of mangled bodies, and the human reaction to such an event is far more than interesting or educational. The amount of research and quality of this book is amazing. If you read anything on human behavior, American or Circus history you need to hear or read this book. The narration is also well done and I can't give this author, narroter or anyon who came in contact with producing this book enough praise. So much goes unsaid, so much history of the circus era becomes forgotten, and this is one piece that really stands out.
So, there's a disclaimer at the end of this book, pretty much a reminder that it is fiction, but what great fiction it is! The main character is suppose to be too like-able, he's got edge. This is what a good book should be, an adventure, it's own world, great lines that make you laugh out loud and make you comment to yourself how well written those lines are. This book with its vivid detail still makes me cringe thinking about it, and that is a complimant to the book after my macabre interest in horror and gore anything. I picked this up being that it was on sale, and not my usual read, but oh my gosh did it quickly become my favorite book yet!
It's not realistic nor should it be, it's an addicting adventure not for the faint of heart so if you're looking for a book to relax to or somthing warm and fuzzy keep looking... this one with it's epic ending will stick to your bones, and you probably will look at your bones differently after it.
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