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The Circus at the Edge of the Earth: Travels with the Great Wallenda Circus

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  31 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
By turns hilarious, moving and shocking, Charles Wilkins' story of traveling with the famous Great Wallenda Circus eloquently and vividly describes both the seductive freedoms and the horrific risks of the traditional circus -- a place where, solely for the sake of entertainment, performers daily put their lives in jeopardy.A compelling weave of true-life narrative and spa ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 7th 1998 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 1900)
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DW
Dec 20, 2014 DW rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting to read this book about a "traditional" circus (with most of the people born into circus families) after reading "The Ordinary Acrobat" about modern circuses. One thing The Ordinary Acrobat never touched on was the extreme risk of circus stunts, perhaps because the modern circus has fewer of them. The Wallenda circus that the author followed had elephants and tigers. Their elephant (Judy) was docile but tigers are always looking for the chance to eat their trainer, and this bo ...more
Dsinglet
A non fiction look at a small circus making the rounds starting in Thunderbay and going althe way to Thompson Manitoba. The author joins them for the trip to satisfy his life long fascination for the Cicus. The boss is one of the world famous Flying Wallendas who lost many family members in a high wire accident. The author Charles befriends and interviews the different performers. He tells their stories, the dangers they face and sadly the coming demise of the traveling circus. They can see then ...more
Louise
Aug 26, 2011 Louise rated it really liked it
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In a narrative that is by turns funny, informative and poignant, Wilkins chronicles a month on the road in his native Canada with the Great Wallenda Circus in the spring of 1997 and, in the process, offers remarkable insight into a subculture. A diverse assortment of gymnasts, animal trainers, daredevils and wanderers who identify themselves as circus folk that is slowly disappearing from public consciousness. Ricky Wallenda, the producer and organizer of the outfit, inherited
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Colleen
Jan 31, 2015 Colleen rated it it was amazing
great story
Uncleg
Oct 22, 2009 Uncleg rated it really liked it
A writer travels with a circus contracted with the Shriners to do a Canadian tour from southeastern Ontario to northwestern Manitoba and records his conversations with Ricky Wallenda, the owner, an elephant trainer, a tiger trainer, and assorted aerialists and specialty performers, as well as describing the tough business climate for a circus in North America.
Anita
Mar 31, 2009 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting and entertaining! It's a great insider's view of what it's like being in a circus. Great read.
Jenny Brown
May 16, 2012 Jenny Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An insightful, vibrant recreation of a tour around the wilds of Western Canada with a circus troupe.
Teri
Apr 18, 2010 Teri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Get me a bag of peanuts I am going to the circus with a greater appreciation! Thank-you Charles.
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