The Catch Trap

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A magnificent, colorful novel of the circus world of the 1940s and 1950s, rich in detail, bursting with power and emotion.
Mario Santelli, a member of the famous flying Santelli family, is a great trapeze artist. Tommy Zane is his protege.
As naturally and gracefully as they soar through the air, the two flyers find themselves falling in love. Mario and Tommy share sweet stolen moments of passion, but the real...
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Overview

A magnificent, colorful novel of the circus world of the 1940s and 1950s, rich in detail, bursting with power and emotion.
Mario Santelli, a member of the famous flying Santelli family, is a great trapeze artist. Tommy Zane is his protege.
As naturally and gracefully as they soar through the air, the two flyers find themselves falling in love. Mario and Tommy share sweet stolen moments of passion, but the real intensity of their relationship comes from their total devotion to one another and to their art.
As public figures in a conservative era, they cannot reveal their love. But they will never renounce it.
A tremendously moving tale, a rich family saga, a wise and compassionate portrait of a special love in a special world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345315649
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/12/1984
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Marion Zimmer Bradley
Marion Zimmer Bradley is probably best known for her Darkover novels and her best-selling Arthurian novel THE MISTS OF AVALON. In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988, and an annual anthology, SWORD AND SORCERESS. For more information, see her website: www.mzbworks.com.

Biography

Marion Zimmer Bradley was writing before she could write. As a young girl, before she learned to take pen in hand, she was dictating stories to her mother. She started her own magazine -- devoted to science fiction and fantasy, of course -- as a teenager, and she wrote her first novel when she was in high school.

Given this history of productivity, it is perhaps no surprise that Bradley was working right up until her death in 1999. Though declining health interfered with her output, she was working on manuscripts and editing magazines, including another sci-fi/fantasy publication of her own making.

Her longest-running contribution to the genre was her Darkover series, which began in 1958 with the publication of The Planet Savers. The series, which is not chronological, covers several centuries and is set on a distant planet that has been colonized by humans, who have interbred with a native species on the planet. Critics lauded her efforts to address culture clashes -- including references to gays and lesbians -- in the series.

"It is not just an exercise in planet-building," wrote Susan Shwartz in the St. James Guide to Science Fiction Writers. "A Darkover book is commonly understood to deal with issues of cultural clash, between Darkover and its parent Terran culture, between warring groups on Darkover, or in familial terms."

Diana Pharoah Francis, writing in Contemporary Popular Writers, noted the series' attention on its female characters, and the consequences of the painful choices they must make: "Struggles are not decided easily, but through pain and suffering. Her point seems to be that what is important costs, and the price is to be paid out of the soul rather than out of the pocketbook. Her characters are never black and white but are all shades of gray, making them more compelling and humanized."

Bradley's most notable single work would have to be The Mists of Avalon. Released in 1983, its 800-plus pages address the King Arthur story from the point of view of the women in his life -- including his wife, his mother and his half sister. Again, Bradley received attention and critics for her female focus, though many insist that she cannot be categorized strictly as a "feminist" writer, because her real focus is always character rather than politics.

"In drawing on all of the female experiences that make of the tapestry of the legend, Bradley is able to delve into the complexity of their intertwined lives against the tapestry of the undeclared war being waged between the Christians and the Druids," Francis wrote in her Contemporary Popular Writers essay. "Typical of Bradley is her focus on this battle, which is also a battle between masculine (Christian) and feminine (Druid) values."

And Maureen Quilligan, in her New York Times review in 1983, said: "What she has done here is reinvent the underlying mythology of the Arthurian legends. It is an impressive achievement. Greek, Egyptian, Roman, Celtic and Orphic stories are all swirled into a massive narrative that is rich in events placed in landscapes no less real for often being magical."

Avalon flummoxed Hollywood for nearly 20 years before finally making it to cable television as a TNT movie in 2001, starring Joan Allen, Anjelica Huston, and Julianna Margulies.

Two years before she died, Bradley's photograph was included in The Faces of Science Fiction, a collection of prominent science fiction writers, such names as Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. Under it, she gave her own take on the importance of the genre:

"Science fiction encourages us to explore... all the futures, good and bad, that the human mind can envision."

Good To Know

Aside from her science fiction and fantasy writing, Bradley also contributed to the gay and lesbian genre, publishing lesbian fiction under pseudonyms, bibliographies of gay and lesbian literature, and a gay mainstream novel.

Bradley rewrote some editions of her Darkover series to accommodate real advances in technology.

Her first stories were published in pulp science fiction magazines in the 1950s.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Lee Chapman, Morgan Ives, Miriam Gardner, John Dexter
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 30, 1930
    2. Place of Birth:
      Albany, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      September 25, 1999
    2. Place of Death:
      Berkeley, California

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    A beautiful love story

    Like another reviewer of this book, I, too, read this book many years ago. Every now and then over the years the book would come to mind. This is the kind of story that makes an impression on you. Well written, thorough character development, and a story line that carries you over a number of yesrs in the lives of the characters. Love is not always easy--not always accepted or understood by others--but when two people are willing to reach out to eachother and let love grow between them, what others think is not so important. It just takes a while to get to that point. Alternately I wanted to hug "the boys" and shake them silly for not just holding on to eachother through all their trials. But just as in our lives, sometimes we have to make some bad choices before we come to understand what's truly important. I'll always treasure this great story.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    Highly recommended

    I read this MANY years ago as a young man and loved it. It is wonderful to see it being reissued as a nook book. Great reading from a mistress of the printed word (can you tell I am a MZB fan?)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2003

    Big. REAL Big.

    Both an intimate love story and a sweeping history of the circus, The Catch Trap has much to offer the reader. The homosexual thing will squick some, and the ages involved will bother more, but if you can look past that, the love story is beautifully rendered. If it has any flaw, it would be that it goes on a few beats too long. The insiderish feel for the workings of both small and large circuses is enthralling, and a good counterpoint to the love story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2011

    WOW!!!!

    this was so good - if your looking for a book that has silly plots with a lot of sex then this is not for you - however if you want a good gay read that is about 2 men falling in love the hard way then pick this up and read it - it is a true gay novel and well written - the plot is SO good - takes place around a circus act. Read it I bet you will love it!!!

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