Overall rating and opinion of " The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid" by Gary Robinson

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Post by Al Chakauya » 24 Jun 2018, 02:52

It's a compelling read, if you ask me. I liked the circus more because it reminded me of my childhood days though some of the stunts described in the book where a bit different from what I remembered. The idea of stereotyping is what I didn't like most. There are a lot of grammatical and spelling errors which is a drawback to the otherwise good plot -this is overly distracting, to say the least.

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Post by danopsy » 24 Jun 2018, 15:44

Rally the book is getting me in love with it, with his reflecting story on how it all began, can wait to finish it. i guess i will be trilled

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Post by Leyla » 26 Jun 2018, 00:47

I like the idea of the book. An insight to the life of the Circus.

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Post by Terra7 » 26 Jun 2018, 09:40

Coming from a more conservative background, the portrayal of disabled people the inevitability of drug use, and some of the other tawdry scenes was shocking. However, there is something undeniably magnetic about this book. Even though certain sentences confused me, I kept reading, and I must say, it was well worth it.

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Post by Bookwormgirl1 » 26 Jun 2018, 11:11

I have not yet read the book, but I am excited to give it a try. From reading the comments I will definitely be focused on and will watch out for the difficulties of the disabled, as some people have mentioned, and will see what I think of how the author has portrayed them.

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Post by Amy+++ » 26 Jun 2018, 17:46

It sounds great but with some of the drug references that are mentioned within the book I do not think that I could read this book, or referrer it to anyone else. I admire the author of the book for being able to write about his past and be able to own it.

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Post by danopsy » 27 Jun 2018, 06:34

The book really caught my attention by winning the book of the month, read the review and am in love with it, just starting the book, guess will b back to discuss

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Post by Cotwani » 28 Jun 2018, 04:39

The book fell short of my expectations. The decadence, apathy, no dignity for disabled persons and poor editing just rubbed me off the wrong way.

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Post by Amy+++ » 28 Jun 2018, 12:05

I keep hearing great things about this book but I'm still not sure if I want to read it or not. It seems a little slow for my taste and the cover art really doesn't grab my attention.

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Post by Spath » 28 Jun 2018, 21:06

I have not read this book as of yet. I have it in my want to read shelf. From the review it sounds like a very interesting read. I get the impression that Gary lives a very interesting and different life from most people. Hoping to get to it soon.
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Post by FawkesThorn » 29 Jun 2018, 11:12

I haven't read "The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid" but I am interested in reading it. I liked the plot of the story about a Sword Swallower meeting and becoming friends with a child both having their own troubles.

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Post by Spath » 29 Jun 2018, 18:45

melissy370 wrote:
06 Jun 2018, 11:45
I was not a fan of this book and I did not finish it. I knew going into it that it had drug usage in it, but I was willing to give it a shot because I knew there was redemption in the end. Besides the drug issues, I did not like the language and sexual innuendos. Just not the book for me.
I am glad I read your post. I was thinking about reading it when I got a chance, but the information in your post makes me think that it probably is not the book for me either. Appreciate your post.
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Post by Britty01 » 01 Jul 2018, 12:39

I could not find anything in this book that would entice me into reading the entire story. The dependence on alcohol and drugs in the characters of Duke and Gary was not appealing to me.

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Post by Jolie ann Vargas » 02 Jul 2018, 23:55

I'm still reading the book right now, but so far I'm enjoying the story. I dont have enough idea about the culture of the other countries but this book help me to understand the situation of the other country compare to my country. This is really a nice story explaining what the other countries have and it keep my interest. The story is captivating my attention until through the end of the story. :techie-studyingbrown:

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Post by Leyla » 03 Jul 2018, 22:30

I have not read the book as yet, but the comments has helped me decide. I like the idea of the Circus life, but the alcohol, drug abuse and bad language has turned me off. Cudos to the Author for being brave to share his experience with us. I am sure it has appealed to many, especially those who has or is facing a similar situation.

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