Under the Big Top: A Season with the Circus (Paperback)

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Both a great American adventure and a rare entry into asheltered world, Under the Big Top describes one man's pursuit of every child's fantasy: running away to join the circus. Bruce Feiler's unforgettable year as a clown will forever change your view of one of the world's oldest art forms and remind you of how dreams can go horribly wrong -- and then miraculously come true.

Praise For…

Praise for UNDER THE BIG TOP “A stunning collective portrait of an ingrown community with its own history, hierarchy, and traditions.”


“Bruce Feiler is a keen and thoughtful observer...he forces circus goers to see the familiar spectacles anew.”

“A colorful, sometimes unsettling, pageant of circus life.”

“As irresistible as cotton candy, as attention-grabbing as the death-defying trapeze act.”

“A gritty, haunting story.”



“Spellbinding...captivating...truly touching.”

“A mud and sweat-filled, but ultimately loving portrait of the circus.”


“Writing beautifully...Bruce Feiler penetrates the heart and soul of circus life with such stark clarity.”

“A three ring triumph...the best book ever written about the circus.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060527020
ISBN-10: 0060527021
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: March 25th, 2003
Pages: 288
Language: English