4 out of 4 stars
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The Sword Swallower and the Chico Kid
The author, Gary Robinson, who has written many books, including his most popular book "Powerful Medicine", really has done his genre proud. In writing this realistic fiction book, he has brought the reader from sidewalk show of the sword swallower Duke Reynolds to a friendship with the Chico KId Gary Robinson. The author has shown also that two completely different people can have life-changing adventures together.
The author's intense writing ability kept me reading more and more pages. It grabbed my attention at every corner, the descriptions were even to where you could see what the circus performers looked like. The struggles that Duke went through as a tattooed man was just like real life. I found that the wisdom of the Ink Man to be very interesting when he stated that "In 1967, tattooing was typically for sailors, criminals, and the few brave souls who had the courage to withstand the social stigma". In Duke's life the stigma was certain. He was tattooed from head to toe. As for reading farther into the book, each chapter had many new things to imagine; but as for feelings, it was a roller-coaster ride of emotions all the way throughout the book.
I have never read a book like this so far that builds up a person's curiosity as has this author. In reading this book, the wonder in what would happen next excited me. It kept my attention and in no way disappointed me in describing what things looked like-the scenery, the audience and their feelings about the show with the sword swallowing, and the emotions of duke as to life in general, and death. Duke's attempt to teach the Chico Kid to "live life always" and their adventures made me think of life in general, that it is too short to waste.
I RATE THIS BOOK 4 OUT OF 4. This rating I gae because the book filled me with good times and bad times of each character. It kept me captivated and eager to read what was happening next. It was enlightening to me about the circus life family, the trials in life that each character had to face, and their feelings about friendship,, and how Duke lived his life until his death. I think this book would be read by anyone of any age. The cover is inviting to look into the book, just to get a glimpse of how the story is written.
The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid
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