Carnival for Gods-V330

Gladys Swan, Author Vintage Books USA $6.95 (229p) ISBN 978-0-394-74330-1
This bleak, short first novel chronicles the downtrodden lives of a small band of performers, the remnants of a traveling show billed ""The Carnival for the Gods.'' Dusty and Alta, the managers, are a high-wire team who have traveled on the road for 25 years; their companions are a magician, a midget and a giant. Dusty signs on a voluptuous snake charmer, ``The Amazing Grace'' (with her ruffian adopted kid), and then the troupe travels to the ``Seven Cities,'' a mythical border haven between the U.S. and Mexico. The nomads wander about the cities of Ventura and Old Town and attempt to stage a grand carnival, but here the novel abruptly ends. While the dialogue is clever, convincing and entertaining, this motley, unattractive group's pitiful dreams provide an unsatisfying and discursive story. (August)
Reviewed on: 06/01/1986
Release date: 06/01/1986
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