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Novels about carnies and carnivals

I just finished Nightmare Alley and read Geek Love years ago.

Any other recommendations for books about carnies and carnival life?

by Anonymousreply 47June 27, 2022 7:40 PM

Dean Koontz's Twilight Eyes is set in a carnival for the first half. The same carnie characters are in the second half, though that half isn't in the carnival.

by Anonymousreply 1May 27, 2022 11:32 PM

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

by Anonymousreply 2May 27, 2022 11:39 PM

Joyland by Stephen King

by Anonymousreply 3May 27, 2022 11:40 PM

The Art of the Deal

by Anonymousreply 4May 27, 2022 11:41 PM

World of Wonders by Robertson Davies is fantastic.

by Anonymousreply 5May 27, 2022 11:42 PM

I love you r4.

But this thread reminds me of Carnivale.

by Anonymousreply 6May 27, 2022 11:43 PM

Does I'm Still Hungry count?

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by Anonymousreply 7May 27, 2022 11:46 PM

Some woman wrote about gay love in the carnival… I read it in 1983, so it was probably from the Seventies.

by Anonymousreply 8May 27, 2022 11:49 PM

Touched by a Carny, r8?

by Anonymousreply 9May 27, 2022 11:52 PM

Thought this might have been based on a novel, but it doesn't appear to be.

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by Anonymousreply 10May 28, 2022 12:04 AM

Thanks everyone! Checking out some of these suggestions.

by Anonymousreply 11May 29, 2022 9:00 AM

'Meghan Markle, My Story'

by Anonymousreply 12May 29, 2022 9:01 AM

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter is a good one.

by Anonymousreply 13May 29, 2022 9:05 AM

Carnival of Souls. Creepy and excellent.

by Anonymousreply 14May 29, 2022 9:22 AM

Black Orpheus. Beautiful and haunting.

by Anonymousreply 15May 29, 2022 9:23 AM

For some reason my sleep deprived brain thought that this was a thread about movies. Should have read the title more carefully. How embarrassing!

by Anonymousreply 16May 29, 2022 9:34 AM

No worries, r16!

by Anonymousreply 17May 29, 2022 10:38 AM

R8, are you thinking of this?

OP, this is a HUGE book, but worth reading.

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by Anonymousreply 18May 29, 2022 3:28 PM

r2 thanks! I just picked up a library copy

by Anonymousreply 19May 31, 2022 8:35 PM

I really enjoyed Circus Parade by Jim Tully

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by Anonymousreply 20May 31, 2022 9:24 PM

It’s not a book but if you haven’t yet watch Carnivale.

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by Anonymousreply 21May 31, 2022 9:25 PM

There’s plenty of Carny material here

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by Anonymousreply 22May 31, 2022 9:31 PM

Thanks r22

by Anonymousreply 23June 5, 2022 12:48 AM

Want to read my biography???

by Anonymousreply 24June 5, 2022 12:50 AM

Was "Freaks" an original screenplay, or was it an adaptation of an existing work?

"Show me that little black bottle!"

by Anonymousreply 25June 5, 2022 1:22 AM

Just posted this in the why are carnivals ominous thread. One of my fave books of 21st C. Have read several times. It’s not just a dumb love story either. I am scared that a movie will never do it justice so hope that never happens.

The film and TV rights to The Night Circus were optioned by Summit Entertainment, and a film is being produced by David Heyman and Jeff Clifford under Heyday Films. Moira Buffini was hired in February 2012 to write the screenplay. In February 2019, it was announced that Geremy Jasper would direct the film adaptation for Lionsgate.

The Night Circus has been compared to Harry Potter, as well as to Neil Gaiman, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Ron Charles writing for The Washington Post compares Morgenstern's imagery to Steven Millhauser's, albeit with "more playful and more dramatic surrealism".Olivia Laing writing for The Observer compares the book to an "eminently intriguing cabinet of curiosities" with an intricate but unmoored setting and colorful but clockwork characters. Laura Miller writing for Salon likewise praises the "aesthetic fantasia with all the trimmings" but not the plot itself. Sarah Stegall writing for SFScope praises the vivid imagery, predicting that it should be nominated for literary awards. Richard Peabody writing for The Washington Independent Review of Books describes the narrative as nonlinear, with frequent shifts in points of view, tangential vignettes, and short almost cinematic chapters.

The Night Circus was a candidate for the 2011 Guardian First Book Award. It won an Alex Award from the American Library Association in 2012. The novel spent seven weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list, reaching number two on the hardcover fiction list.

I also second Joyland by Stephen King, one of my faves of his shorter novels (it might be a novella, actually.)

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by Anonymousreply 26June 5, 2022 1:23 AM

This is nice beach book. Horror with a heart and some real literary moments, but it reads almost like a screenplay, every chapter is a cliffhanger. I finished it in a few hours.

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by Anonymousreply 27June 5, 2022 3:35 AM

r13 thanks! Starting it today

by Anonymousreply 28June 8, 2022 1:58 PM

I second Stephen King's "Joyland."

It's not supernatural, and is really more of a crime/noir story than his usual stuff, but it's a great exploration of carny life and terminology.

Loosen up your Carny Roll and buy the audiobook. It's narrated by Michael Kelly, whose sweet soft voice glides perfectly through the story.

by Anonymousreply 29June 8, 2022 2:31 PM

Here's a copy of "Spurs," the short story on which Tod Browning's Freaks was based.

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by Anonymousreply 30June 8, 2022 3:29 PM

Thanks r29!

I'm reading my way through the suggestions

by Anonymousreply 31June 14, 2022 12:09 AM

Dorothy B. Hughes "Ride the Pink Horse” (1946). It’s a noir murder story, but the Santa Fe fiesta carnival setting is key. Hughes also wrote “In a Lonely Place” (1947).

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by Anonymousreply 32June 14, 2022 12:31 AM

I loved the film version of In A Lonely Place r32. Is the novel good?

by Anonymousreply 33June 14, 2022 8:08 AM

I might go back and re-read Geek Love

by Anonymousreply 34June 21, 2022 11:41 PM

Short story, not novel, but it should fit the bill: Gas Station Carnivals by Thomas Ligotti

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by Anonymousreply 35June 22, 2022 12:09 AM

Try the Spangle trilogy about a traveling circus post civi War.

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by Anonymousreply 36June 22, 2022 12:39 AM

A bona fide classic.

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by Anonymousreply 37June 22, 2022 6:29 PM

Patti LuPone: A Memoir

by Anonymousreply 38June 22, 2022 6:36 PM

I'm listening to Joyland this week. Thanks for the recommendation.

by Anonymousreply 39June 22, 2022 7:19 PM

R38 What should Patti LuPone's memoir have been called?

by Anonymousreply 40June 22, 2022 10:42 PM

R26, that book was TERRIBLE. I am unsurprised that it has proven unproduceable as a film so far.

by Anonymousreply 41June 22, 2022 10:46 PM

Freaks: We Who Are Not As Others and Step Right Up! are two nonfiction books about the carnival life. Both by former sideshow performer and author Daniel P Mannix.

by Anonymousreply 42June 23, 2022 12:10 AM

There’s a bit about some carny folk in Paul Theroux’s “Picture Palace”. It’s a bit obscure, and kind of weird, but it’s a great novel. I revisit it every so often, but I skip the parts about the carny folk because it hurts my heart.

by Anonymousreply 43June 23, 2022 12:50 AM

Water for Elephants, a good read.

by Anonymousreply 44June 23, 2022 1:18 AM

I'm listening to the chapter of Joyland about Mike's visit to the amusement park out of season. The crippled boy with MD. I'm balling my eyes out, out of the blue.

by Anonymousreply 45June 27, 2022 3:58 PM

Not a book, but what about Fellini's La Strada?

by Anonymousreply 46June 27, 2022 7:35 PM

Agree r46 that’s an excellent movie

by Anonymousreply 47June 27, 2022 7:40 PM
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