The Final Confession of Mabel Stark

The Final Confession of Mabel Stark

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The Final Confession of Mabel Stark by Robert Hough, Betty Bobbit

In the 1910s and '20s, during the golden age of the big top, Mabel Stark was the superstar of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, and one of America's most eccentric celebrities. A tiny, curvaceous Kentucky blonde in a white leather bodysuit, Mabel was brazen, sexually adventurous, and suicidally courageous. The Final Confession of Mabel Stark is Robert Hough's brilliant, highly acclaimed novelization of her fantastic life. It is 1968 - Mabel is just turning eighty and is about to lose her job at Jungleland, a Southern California game park. Devastated by the loss of her cats, she looks back on her life and her five husbands: the fifth would one day be tragically mauled by her one true love, her ferocious yet amorous 550-pound Bengal tiger Rajah. Starting with her escape from a mental institution to begin her circus career as a burlesque dancer, Mabel's exquisitely voiced confession is a live wire of dark secrets, broken dreams, and comic escapades. It is a brilliant, exhilarating story of an America before television and movies, when the spectacle of the circus reigned and an unlikely woman captured the public imagination with her singular charm and audacity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781740933704
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing
Publication date: 05/28/2004
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.96(w) x 6.58(h) x 1.32(d)

About the Author

Robert Hough has made his name writing narrative-driven nonfiction about characters "who live beyond our culture's conception of normalcy," for such magazines as Saturday Night and Toronto Life. Circus life in general and Mabel Stark in particular are tailor-made subjects for his first novel, in that the circus was a travelling sanctuary for misfits, waifs and strays — including Mabel Stark.

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The Final Confession of Mabel Stark 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, though long, is awesome and never lost my interest! It is the story of the first female tiger trainer and the characters and storytelling will enchant you and hold on till the very end. At some points I laughed, some cried, and sometimes I felt as if I really was there with the great Mabel Stark, as cliqued as that sounds. A great book for anyone who loves historical fiction, animals, the circus, or just a great story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
read this book - it's such a wonderfully creative and entertaining story - i got so lost in this novel that i forgot it was a novel - mabel is so believably defined - it is a truly good book
Guest More than 1 year ago
that is going to be extremely popular once people hear about the movie - don't wait that long - it's so well written not only am i writing a review (which i've never done before) but the voice of mabel seems to ring so 'true' that you forget that this work is really a fictionalized account of her life written by some 40 year-old canadian dude - it really is quite entertaining!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down -- a great read!
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Growing_rocks More than 1 year ago
A great summer read. It is an interesting book that you can pick up and put down, start & stop reading. I did enjoy reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great tribute to all the greatest and first entertainment in America. Loved Mabel and all the characterizations of the others who peopled this work. Thank you and kudos to the author.
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