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Fiddler, an intelligent young man, has joined the circus because he is broke. He becomes the Cat Man, keeper of the big cats, and his hands have the scars to prove it. The cats: the panther, the jaguar, the cheetah, the tigers, the enormous lazy male lion named Joe, and Rita, the killer leopard, all become intriguing characters in their own right, brilliantly populating ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Lyons Press (first published 1956)
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GoldGato
Jan 11, 2016 GoldGato rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, autumn
Edward Hoagland is a writer I've enjoyed, especially his essays. With that in mind, I couldn't wait to get into this novel about the circus, which was the first novel he wrote, in the 1950s. Hoagland was a 'cat man', an employee who took care of the big cats, including lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, and the dangerous jaguar.

I guess I'm not a circus person.

The circus comes across as a cruel world, leading me to cringe as I turned the pages. There isn't much description of the characters, mos
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Jonathan
Jan 02, 2010 Jonathan rated it did not like it
Shelves: circus, fiction
Essayist (and Bennington prof) Edward Hoagland’s first novel is about an outcast cat-keeper traveling with Ringling (though the circus goes unnamed) in the late ’40’s or early ’50’s, a job Hoagland himself performed for two summers. No matter how much changes, it stays the same: traveling with the circus, it is incredible to get the picture of how it was so long ago. Things have changed: the conditions on the train, the racism, the chauvanism (to a lesser extent), the labor, labor, labor of ...more
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Edward Hoagland (born December 21, 1932, in New York, New York) is an author best known for his nature and travel writing. His non-fiction has been widely praised by writers such as John Updike, who called him "the best essayist of my generation."
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