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Queen of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

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    The true life story of a circus performer. Her rise to fame is f

    The true life story of a circus performer. Her rise to fame is fascinating, as is her high profile relationship with another circus performer. A very well written, unconventional story. Highly recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    Queen of the Air, A True Story of Love & Tragedy at the Circ

    Queen of the Air, A True Story of Love & Tragedy at the Circus, by Dean Jensen

    Lacking any real knowledge, I always thought “circus folk” of the last century were thought of about as highly as the shimmy-shake dancers writhing away in the back tents. So this book really opened my eyes to entertainment “royalty” - swinging high in the air, constantly pushing themselves to the limit, while living off the adoration of their ever fickle fans. This is the story of Leitzel and Alfredo Codona, the Queen and King of the many circus circuits of the late 19th to 20th centuries. I could smell the roasted peanuts and often exhaled a sigh of fear and/or relief reading the miraculous tricks performed high in the big top. I’ll admit to the occasional blush crossing my cheeks as the performers were described in their finely decorated athletic garb. Flying free through the air, who could imagine all the rules and limitations they faced on the ground? It is amazing performers ever married with all the parents, managers, impersonal living quarters and circus detectives driving them apart at every turn! What a treat to be taken back in time and see the show through such adoring eyes, close media scrutiny and the performers’ own personal insights. All that suffering to be the best and most dazzling. This was a lively and informative read!



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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    I like books that put me right in the story. This one does. I ke

    I like books that put me right in the story. This one does. I kept googleing names and was surprised to see a video of Lillian Leitzel doing her one arm flips over & over. Do yourself a favor & join the circus for 300 pages. You won't regret it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Excellent, Very well written & insightful, immensely enterta

    Excellent, Very well written & insightful, immensely entertaining.
    Highly recommended,

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