Friday, February 22, 2013

The Trapeze Artist by Will Davis

Reviewer: Bob Lind, Echo Magazine 
Publisher: BloomsburyUSA, December 2012
Pages: 320

A shy, fourteen year old boy makes a friend at school, realizes he is gay, and - for the first time - feels truly alive. But that is not to last, and he grows into a man, still living with his invalid mother, until - at age 40 - he finds the courage to run away with the circus, as the lover of an eccentric Romanian trapeze artist, When that adventure ends, he is still fascinated by the life he learned on the road, and makes drastic renovations to his mother's house to carry it on. 

The story is told in numerous installments, alternating the three time periods mentioned above. The protagonist - whom the author never actually names - makes a very slow, dramatic and torturous journey from his dysfunctional, sheltered childhood to his own version of maturity, which involves following his dream, regardless of what common sense (and others) tells you otherwise. It's not an easy book to read, and somewhat depressing and tedious at times, but essentially a well-written look into a unique individual's mind and heart. I give it four stars out of five.


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