By the Light of the Carnival

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Joe goes to work as a carnie for a week and meets worldly gypsies: Carlos, a young man looking for trouble; Lady Fortuna, a guilt ridden old fortune teller; Pinda, a self assured young woman he thinks he might want to run off to see the world with; and Miss Toulon, who decided where to place the glass maze having been told in no uncertain terms by loud voices in her head. But Lisa, who has also just graduated from Joe's high school, shows up. She's no longer a shy stranger and Joe falls for her too, even though ...
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Joe goes to work as a carnie for a week and meets worldly gypsies: Carlos, a young man looking for trouble; Lady Fortuna, a guilt ridden old fortune teller; Pinda, a self assured young woman he thinks he might want to run off to see the world with; and Miss Toulon, who decided where to place the glass maze having been told in no uncertain terms by loud voices in her head. But Lisa, who has also just graduated from Joe's high school, shows up. She's no longer a shy stranger and Joe falls for her too, even though choosing her would mean staying on the farm. Strange things happen and there are rumors that the glass maze is haunted and evil. Furthermore, it has plans to free itself, even if it means taking down the whole carnival-and Joe's life-with it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781495232923
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 1/17/2014
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

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    Young Joe has a strange dream the night before he goes to work a

    Young Joe has a strange dream the night before he goes to work at the carnival. But he’s only leaving for a week. He’ll be back in plenty of time to help his father bring in the hay. And if he meets some strange people, well they won’t be any stranger than his gay uncle and crazy aunt.

    This is small-town America in the 1970s, and author Peter Joseph Swanson brings it vividly to life, from rain and mud to politics and bright lights. The carnies just want to make a buck, but their way of life is dying. The townsfolk just want to enjoy the relief of some unreality, which they find in plentiful supply. Wheels tilt, rifles shoot, and the dunking tank waits for its prey. A genuine fortune teller mixes wise advice and common sense with some very strange dreams. Ghosts haunt the gathering clouds and voices whisper in the mirrors of the maze.

    The well-pitched dialog reads itself into the ear as readers absorb the dark-rimmed atmosphere. With hints of Ray Bradbury and an innocent abroad, plus sheer terror and social commentary, the whole tale builds up to a book that’s easy to read, easy to put down and take up again, and sufficiently haunting you’ll find yourself still untangling all the lines when the last page is done.

    Is the future written in visions, crystal balls or in mud? Or does it take the light of the carnival to set a young mind free? Read and wonder and enjoy.

    Disclosure: I’m reading a book a month just for me, and this is the one I chose for March.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    When reading is as much fun as a carnival.....

    *By The Light Of The Carnival* is an easy story to get into and follow. I enjoyed it very much, as well as the typically-Swanson colorful and diverse characters, who try to explain the question marks of life with ghosts, spirits, and a variety of religions. It was an interesting close-up view of the mystique of carnival life. Philosophical, insightful, and quite ironic at times.

    Notable Lines:
    "You'll get your dignity back when you count the money you've made."
    "It's where I first realized I was gay. by the light of the carnival."
    "The people who make it in this world are the ones who dream things that can come true."
    "Let the fates take us all by the hand and leave it be."
    "Love isn't making eyes at each other all day long; love is looking together in the same direction. "

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