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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Umberto's Circus. Aug 15, Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves: physical-personal-library , realistic-fiction. The English translation of a Czech novel, Umberto's Circus was highly enjoyable.
Each part of the book had different style choices, making it for a complex yet light read. Antonin Karas is a mason who has difficulty finding work when the market in central Europe slumps in the mid s. To add to his troubles, his wife passes away, leaving him with his young son, Vasek. Desperate to find a way to feed his son, he ends up meeting another Czech in Hamburg. He offers Anton a job as a sstaker in a ci The English translation of a Czech novel, Umberto's Circus was highly enjoyable.
He offers Anton a job as a sstaker in a circus that is about to depart for its warm weather tour. Anton agrees, ashamed that his dead wife and family would not approve of such a job. While Anton grapples with his conscience while slowly learning to love the nomadic life in the circus, his son Vasek falls in love completely with the circus.
Umberto's Circus is one of the oldest and most revered circuses in Europe at the height of their popularity. Vasek throws himself into every part of the circus, proving himself an invaluable member of it. Some chapters throw itself completely into the backstory of the circus or of a newly introduced charater, while others move the story along in third person omniscent, while others yet turn into a epistolary.
While there were some parts of the story that seemed to drag a bit, the diversity of the storytelling makes it so it never gets old. To read this, you have to keep in mind that this is a story that was translated in from a story written in the s, about the s.
There is a good amount of shocking racism, shocking as there is no type of reproach for that kind of behavior. It is also very ethnocentric, where all the Czech characters are ultimately good people and stick together. It was a pleasant read and I'm happy I found this book in a used book store.
Even though I have never been to circus, this book made me feel like circus was my home. I found myself lost in the pages about horses, about animals, about dancing, about jumping and about the great and loving circus family. The characters are now forever in my heart as the most amazing, loving and iconic fictional characters I've ever known. They made me laugh so hard and they also made me cry yes, I'm crying while writing this. I've also seen the series when I was a little girl but now I se Even though I have never been to circus, this book made me feel like circus was my home.
I've also seen the series when I was a little girl but now I see that the book was way better and the ending made my heart melt. Even though I was reluctant to read this book, I found myself lost in it. The book is a masterpiece. It is a very relaxing read and I spent every free minute reading. D00med rated it it was ok Jan 29, Persephone rated it really liked it May 08, Zuzana rated it liked it Sep 07, Domi rated it it was ok Oct 19, Danica Reptova rated it really liked it Aug 28, Kamil Kolacek rated it really liked it Jan 17, Vit rated it really liked it Mar 17, Elinkav rated it it was amazing Nov 12, Soetkin Bral rated it it was ok Aug 05, Bogdana rated it it was amazing Dec 31, Arion92 rated it really liked it Aug 18, Anna rated it liked it Jul 17, Milan Jurka rated it it was amazing Dec 17, Duncak rated it it was amazing Apr 10, Eleanora Bulldogowicz rated it did not like it Aug 02, Baruna rated it really liked it Jan 07, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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