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Women of Illusion: A Circus Family's History

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Publisher Comments:

The lure of the circus tempts every child, but what's behind the glittering spectacle? Rarely do insiders reveal their personal lives. In Women of Illusion, Donnalee Frega presents the story of one proud circus family, the Hubers. Circus audiences are shown only sequins and smiles; the Hubers share tales of daring aerial exploits and individual courage. But Frega manages to discover a surprising reality of circus life as well: a perpetual reinvention and manipulation of personal identity. She reveals what no ticket-buyer ever sees: a hard life punctuated by uncertainty, wandering, and violence; a life that demands tremendous inner strength of those determined to find security, happiness, and love. With its insightful observations on performance and image-manipulation, circus mythology, and the art of storytelling, Women of Illusion offers us a rare glimpse of lives that continue after show time ends in the Big Top.

Review:

"Unfortunately, Frega...can't tell [this] story without constant moralizing and drawing comparisons to her own far more conventional life as an ex-academic. By the end of the book, Frega's nonstop hand-wringing has overwhelmed [the]deliciously wicked stories, as the author searches for ways to render [her subjects'] complexities less disturbing." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"That archaic fantasy machine that for generations has spun the circus into an adolescent and artistic French Foreign Legion for runaways and misfits continues to provide dramatic grist for authors, both popular and academic, who seek to explicate both its charms and its illusions....Frega's work is an inside-out treatment of the circus cosmos but here as told through the multigenerational story of the Hubers: Betty, Fritzi, and Bobby....Over a period of time, as the Hubers accept scholar and university professor Frega as a trusted chronicler, a lucid portrait of this singularly attractive and bitterly harsh world emerges." Library Journal

Book News Annotation:

This portrayal of circus life centers on the experiences of one family, the Hubers. With the family giving an insider's view, the author discusses the myth of the circus in its current and previous forms, contrasting the perceptions of outsiders with the lived experiences of the performers themselves. She considers the ethics of circus life, and the circus community's construction of social life, family, and youth. Frega wrote this book while she was a visiting scholar to the English Department at Duke U.; she has taught at several universities, but her current affiliation is not stated. The book is not indexed.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Donnalee Frega is Visiting Scholar of English at Duke University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312177188
Subtitle:
(a circus family's story )
Author:
Frega, Donnalee
Publisher:
Palgrave
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Circus
Subject:
Family/Interpersonal Memoir
Subject:
Circus performers.
Subject:
Women circus performers
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [349]).
Publication Date:
2001
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
x, 348 , 1 p.
Dimensions:
8.53x5.75x1.21 in. 1.16 lbs.

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Product details x, 348 , 1 p. pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312177188 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Unfortunately, Frega...can't tell [this] story without constant moralizing and drawing comparisons to her own far more conventional life as an ex-academic. By the end of the book, Frega's nonstop hand-wringing has overwhelmed [the]deliciously wicked stories, as the author searches for ways to render [her subjects'] complexities less disturbing."
"Review" by , "That archaic fantasy machine that for generations has spun the circus into an adolescent and artistic French Foreign Legion for runaways and misfits continues to provide dramatic grist for authors, both popular and academic, who seek to explicate both its charms and its illusions....Frega's work is an inside-out treatment of the circus cosmos but here as told through the multigenerational story of the Hubers: Betty, Fritzi, and Bobby....Over a period of time, as the Hubers accept scholar and university professor Frega as a trusted chronicler, a lucid portrait of this singularly attractive and bitterly harsh world emerges."
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