Traveling through the 1950s South with Jeremiah Musgrove's Chinese Circus is Henry Walker, formerly a world-class illusionist. Although Henry's abilities have declined precipitously, his black skin and green eyes make him a novelty to crowds. But when Henry finds trouble with a group of white teens, his very life is at stake.
This is the first Daniel Wallace book I've read, but I saw and enjoyed the movie "Big Fish." Daniel Wallace likes stories--and stories woven within stories. For him the story (even mistold) tells a greater truth than a simple list of events. That's not to say that there isn't a single truth to this story. Each of the narrators may not know what happened, but the reader listening to each story can easily piece together the truth. I enjoyed the author and the various readers a great deal.
Highly recommended. This isn't a genre murder mystery, but something written with thought and talent.
I may be the only person in America who can't stand Wallace's books. I slogged through BigFish but couldn't make myself listen to more than an hour of this drivel - the bigger than life aspect is just too much. I want to feel that even in fantasy the characters might be real....
Daniel Wallace can tell a story, and so can his characters. I was happily transported to another, more magical world as Henry grapples with the devil, searches for his sister and does his magic all along the way.
I have a 35 minute drive each way to work every day. Not much to some, but long for me. Audible gets me through...most of the time...I don't understand how off base I was about this book. Reading the cover on line I thought I'd found something special, a sleeper...Instead, I was sleeping. At the end I played the last 4 minutes over and over to see if I'd missed something. No, sadly I did not. Get a different sleeper, or listen to this one before bed!
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