My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. The movement from the narrative of the 90, or was it 93, year old Jacob to the 23(?) year old was very smooth and wasn’t jarring at all – as a shift of that sort can be. The love story of Jacob and Marlena, the craziness of August, and the humor intermingled with the harsh realities of the setting blend together into a riveting story.
The circus still holds a bit of mystery; it has it’s own language and culture that is fascinating. The portrait that Gruen paints of this lifestyle is very interesting and authentic. I highly recommend this book.