28 January 2008

Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician

Just finished reading Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician by Chapel Hill author Daniel Wallace. I first heard of Wallace as the author of the book that begat Big Fish, a totally quirky and thoroughly enjoyable film. Mr. Sebastian is the story of a magician, not surprisingly, who makes a deal with the devil. It's a Faustian tale set in a circus with a extra color and a nice twist at the end. I enjoyed it, but if you're looking for a good circus story, I would recommend Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants. It was a super read with great details about circus life.

Now, reading about circuses is nice, but would you go to the circus?


  1. Have you read A Son of the Circus by John Irving? It's -at least partially- set in the circuses of India. Very enjoyable read though for me almost all Irving's books are.

  2. I did read A Son of the Circus and enjoyed it. But you're right, Irving's books are always an enjoyable read!


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