Lives of the Circus Animals (2020)

Lives of the Circus Animals Christopher Bram Lives of the Circus Animals Playwright Caleb Doyle suffers through deep set writer s block even as his sister Jessie finds success as the assistant to British actor Henry Lewse the openly gay star of a ludicrous Broadway music
  • Title: Lives of the Circus Animals
  • Author: Christopher Bram
  • ISBN: 9780060542542
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback
Lives of the Circus Animals Christopher Bram Playwright Caleb Doyle suffers through deep set writer s block, even as his sister Jessie finds success as the assistant to British actor Henry Lewse, the openly gay star of a ludicrous Broadway musical As Henry dotes on the handsome but dull witted Toby Vogler, Toby pines for Caleb Jessie has her own problems as the love object of director Frank Earp, whose flounderingPlaywright Caleb Doyle suffers through deep set writer s block, even as his sister Jessie finds success as the assistant to British actor Henry Lewse, the openly gay star of a ludicrous Broadway musical As Henry dotes on the handsome but dull witted Toby Vogler, Toby pines for Caleb Jessie has her own problems as the love object of director Frank Earp, whose floundering career has reduced him to staging children s plays off off off Broadway The secrets and heartaches of these many unfulfilled romances, unions, and associations unfold during the course of Caleb s bizarre birthday bash, where his pistol packin grandma causes even mayhem.The heavy themes of AIDS, sexual addiction, and unrequited love are expertly blended into the mix of slick humor and satire Bram skillfully weaves together all the outlandish characters and their even eccentric affairs, showing how all of them have a love hate relationship with the theater, with each other, and with their own creative impulses At turns graceful, shrewd, and ribald, Lives of the Circus Animals is terrific entertainment, steeped in the authentic details of theater life This talented author s laugh out loud dialogue, burlesque situations, and shrewd insight into the vagaries of love are sure to win him an even extensive readership Tom Piccirilli
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  1. Megan Baxter

    Starting this book was very confusing to me, and it took me a while to figure out why One of the main characters, a playwright, is famous for having written a celebrated stage adaptation of a short story, Venus in Furs Of course, Venus in Fur has been the hot play of the last few years, written by David Ives In fact, I think one of my sisters was the stage manager for the Canadian premiere of the show I couldn t be thinking of another play, but I think I have the right one Note The rest of this [...]

  2. Estibaliz79

    Vale a lo mejor le pod a haber dado las tres estrellas, puesto que en la median a lo dejo y, desde luego, est bien escrito y es ameno pero es que a m esta historia de actores y dramaturgos, que son personas antes que artistas, me ha entretenido y me ha agradado, pero no me ha llegado como para no pasar a formar parte de la neblina de los miles de p ginas difusas en breve.No obstante, decir que Bram sabe c mo construir personajes y, aunque todo el conjunto se queda bastante en el costumbrismo, al [...]

  3. Damian Serbu

    Incredibly well written, funny, and touches on the human condition in the arts I loved how he wrote about so many different personalities and professions, from a critic to actors to writers, and all with the same sympathy and understanding of each and every individual The surprise at the end was a bit startling, but I really enjoyed this book There is a passion here that moves the reader.

  4. Annie

    This book makes a fine choice for a bit of light reading Not great literature, but I enjoyed reading it The characters are compelling enough that I read it over the course of a few days Bit heavy handed at points Definitely laughed while reading it, so, overall, if you re looking for a quick comedy, this one works.

  5. Grady

    A Word from the Other End of the Spectrum of Critics Christopher Bram is simply one of our best writers of fiction today His previous works have met with well founded acclaim The Notorious Dr August His Real Life and Crimes , and Father of Frankenstein , but for some reason THE LIVES OF THE CIRCUS ANIMALS isn t popular with most readers I m not at all sure why This beautifully constructed book has vividly drawn characters, humor, scandal, absurdities, love form all sides of the sexual spectrum, [...]

  6. Kim

    This book started on such a high note for me and then quickly went over the cliff The characters are so self absorbed and that they just started to grate on me after awhile Jessie, sister of the playwright Caleb, really worked my nerves and I found her relationship with Frank to be unrealistic and downright bizarre What man gets you out of your clothes and then doesn t want to do the deed I did enjoy the neurotic personalities of the actors and the people around them, but I could only take them [...]

  7. Chris

    Bram is one of my favorite authors, with a direct, honest style, and a clear view of gay literary history and his place in it Lives of the Circus Animals is a quick and fun view into a week in the lives of interrelated characters involved in the New York theater scene actors, producers, directors, writers, and their family members As such, it couldn t help but be interesting.I do have a few complaints It was written in 2003 really not that long ago but Bram pins much of the disfunction between c [...]

  8. Liz

    This post 9 11 novel chronicles the madcap struggles of a small group of New Yorkers trying to make it in the Big Apple Here s a few of the animals that will be found in this particular circus Caleb, a gay playwright who s nursing a major writer s block Henry, a British actor who s so talented, he can t take care of himself Jessie, his long suffering personal assistant Frank, a former actor who spends his life on the outside looking in and Kenneth, a theater critic from the mighty New York Times [...]

  9. Ric

    A well paced book by one of America s best gay themed writers Bram s truly loves his characters writing them fully human and with ease In LOTCA we quickly devour each one of them while he shows us the joys and sorrows of everyday life in the big city Anyone who loves NYC will love his comical, smart and fascinating view of the theater scene Although, coincidence may seem to some very unbelievable for even fiction he still manages to leave even the cynical of heart believing that serendipity can [...]

  10. Lil' Grogan

    It was a rough start for me, as the six main characters are presented in rotation, a short chapter at a time What caught my interest was the humour of and in Henry, the eldest of the bunch Despite his arrogance and practiced manufacturing, he presents the funniest, most honest and oddly vulnerable observations of the cast The rest are still wrestling with their personal concepts of success and failure The strands are, perhaps, a little too neatly woven but I accepted this in the overall theatric [...]

  11. Rod

    Lives of the Circus Animals by Christopher Bram 2003 read in Feb 2010A novel about a group of friends actors, playwrights, theatre critics and such NYC is a small town where everyone has a connection to everyone else A bit like Armistead Maupin s novels More froth than Mr Brams Father of Frankenstein that I really enjoyed This was fun entertainment.

  12. Sala Bim

    Mr Bram is undoubtedly a gifted writer but, personally, I didn t LOVE this story The dynamics of show business and the stage and emotional detachment and such all came through loud and clear, but over all it wasn t a very satisfying read for me I couldn t really invest in any of the characters and I guess they were written to be just that shallow.

  13. Alaura

    YOU Why do you think you need to be happy ME Aren t we supposed to be happy Isn t that why we re here We re obligated to be happy like we re obligated to succeed Happiness is the point of life Are the dead happy YOU We transcend happiness Unhappiness too The storyline was pretty mundane, but I found myself relating to characters and the real emotions they were going through.

  14. Randy Boshart

    I enjoyed the book, but I m still not sure that I liked any of the characters and for me that is important But it was fun and quirky and I will read other books by Christopher Bram.Lives of the Circus Animals

  15. Andrew

    A wonderful book full of characters that I, in turn, wanted to hug and wanted to smack I have heard people complain that they couldn t connect with Bram s characters, but being a theater person myself, I felt like I knew every one of them Overall, this was a sweet, touching novel with emotional writing that I felt in my chest, and I only wish it had been even longer.

  16. Terry

    Light, funny, not great literature but a pleasant read about a mix of contemporary characters in the Broadway theater world A little slow to start but it builds to a climactic gathering at the end that brings all the characters together Nothing apocalyptic it s a birthday party.

  17. Greg Converse

    Good story The lives of a theater troupe I received this book as a gift from someone whom I told my grandfather was a clown.

  18. Skip

    A good fast read with a peak inside the New York theatre world Love, loss, success and failure And of course a cute twink at the center of it all.

  19. Andrew Duncan

    This book was a guilty pleasure Reading about screwed up lives in America makes you feel slightly better about yours.

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