What is so fascinating about circus life?

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Post by Disneyland » 18 Sep 2018, 18:33

Circus life is chosen on account of free will and hobby, by Duke Reynolds. This speaks volumes about it. This is sheer genius! Such a life is insecure and vulnerable to dangers.The various members of circus described in the story add fuel to the fire of our quest against all imperfections and limitations. Also the issue of an ideal society that can lead to more recognition and acceptance of the members comes into picture!

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Post by SpencerVo » 14 Nov 2018, 18:29

The novel presented the circus crowd in such a refreshing way. They are often regarded either as weirdos or as the misunderstood. Here, they were not framed as victims of exploitative practices. The circus was not their destitute prison but their destined stage.

I personally found their characters so funny and endearing. Some may find these depictions a bit insensitive or even insulting, but the author didn't want us to see them as pitiable. They wanted to be seen as passionate artists and the masters of their own narratives.
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Post by Kishor Rao » 25 Nov 2018, 01:08

The circus seems like such a happy place to be in. Through this book, I learnt the difficulties that the people working in a circus go through. No, I don't go to circuses now but I used to visit very often. I think Duke is very much happy being the famous sword swallower that he is.
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Post by Radiant3 » 13 Jan 2019, 12:59

I would say the constant variety of experiences, new places, new people and the excitement of the performances.

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Post by Shrabastee » Yesterday, 01:44

1. 'mirage' is the perfect choice of word to describe circus life. I am saying this not only because of the harsh reality this book reveals, but also some documentary I have read in newspapers regarding this topic. There is certainly more than meets the eye to this highly engaging show we watch.
2. To be very honest, I have been to circus only once. I want to experience it at least one more time to see whether my childhood experience differs from that of now. Also, not going to circus will not help the performers who depend upon it for their livelihood.
3. I believe the book provides ample glimpses into the inner workings of circus life. The two examples are where the performers carry on the show despite the sad demise of their fellow workers, because "the show must go on", and that the circus gives free meth to its employees to help them cope.
4. Although he is fairly happy and easygoing about it, and he always lives in the moment, I believe risking life at every breath will not be any person's job of choice. I believe this was not the best, but the optimum choice for Duke.

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