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Josser: The Secret Life of a Circus Girl epub

by NELL STROUD


Josser: The Secret Life of a Circus Girl epub

ISBN: 0316848395

ISBN13: 978-0316848398

Author: NELL STROUD

Category: Memoris

Subcategory: Arts & Literature

Language: English

Publisher: LITTLE BROWN (1999)

Pages: 318 pages

ePUB book: 1256 kb

FB2 book: 1264 kb

Rating: 4.5

Votes: 766

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Josser" brings the circus tale up to date and makes great comparisons between the different types of shows and .

Josser" brings the circus tale up to date and makes great comparisons between the different types of shows and the people who live on them. There is also a great passage explaining how circuses relate to the country of their origin. I thoroughly enjoyed "Josser" and look forward to Ms. Stroud's next publication, "Phillip Astley.

Mar 29, 2009 Wendy added it. I love getting a peek in to the world of the circus. My husband read this book first and now we're thinking of a trip to England including a stop at Gifford's Circus. found this book while looking for workouts that Circus performers do. It's not my preferred Genre (historical non-fiction or natural sciences) but it's about a little love of mine, the Circus, so I was sure it'd be a nice, fun read. Despite a complete lack of a plot, the story kept me captivated.

As a factual book about the Circus & how an outsider (Josser) after some time & prejudices from within the close knit Circus community. Nell was eventually accepted, encouraged & admired by her colleagues. Absolutely 100% factual. Absolutely 100% enjoyable. Absolutely 100% un-put-downable for me. I lived every drama & triumph Nell described. Now I have an ambition to meet the Author.

Following a terrible riding accident which left her mother permanently brain-damaged, Nell ran away to the circus.

It is also the story of the people of the circus: the trapeze artists, the clowns, the high-wire acts, the grooms, the llamas, the elephants - their commitment and expertise, their hard, marginalised, miraculous lives.

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A "josser" is an outsider, someone who comes to, rather than from, the circus. Nell Stroud came into the circus from university, and from selling tickets during the morning and ice- creams during the performance she worked her way up to the role of ringmistress astride her beloved horse Prince in the family-run Santus Circus, touring Britain during the 1996 and 1997 seasons. This is her account of the people she encountered and the life she led, as she pulls back the Big Top's flaps and ushers us in. Her words are, in its truest sense, a chronicle. Early on she relates how circus folk accept her fairly quickly due to her private, non-gossipy nature, and this is a quality that shines through her text. The problem is, writers are usually fantastic gossips, and a body of writing stripped of curiosity seems bare, or at best functional. Her staccato style of adjectival abstinence is that of a diarist intent on preserving fact at the expense of reflection, leaving one longing for a sentence of Proustian extravagance. This is a pity, because her subtext, of how her family life was shattered by an awful accident to her mother which seemed to impel young Nell in to the ring, is certainly there, and would add dimension to what is essentially a series of anecdotes stretched to a narrative. What is clear is that Nell Stroud has circus in her soul. Whether she has poetry is another matter. --David Vincent Josser is the powerful and moving account of Oxford-educated Nell Stroud's life in the circus. It is also the story of the people of the circus: the trapeze artists, the clowns, the high-wire acts, the grooms, the llamas, the elephants - their commitment and expertise, their hard, marginalised, miraculous lives .Following a terrible riding accident which left her mother permanently brain-damaged, Nell ran away to the circus. What she found there was a life which became more real to her than the one she left behind.