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American Sideshow: An Encyclopedia of History's Most Wondrous and Curiously Strange Performances (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 21 set 2006

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Marc Hartzman has been writing professionally since 1996. He is the author of Found on eBay: 101 Genuinely Bizarre Items from the World's Online Yard Sale.

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2.0 su 5 stelle Interesting Subject, Wooden Prose 26 marzo 2009
Di Squeeky Wheel - Pubblicato su
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When one reads the thumbnail (few are any more detailed than this) biographies of several fat ladies, a pall of sameness settles over it all. Part of it comes from the subject: fat ladies tend to have very similar situations and experiences, as do dwarves, giants, conjoined twins, etc., and to read of several is inevitably to read pretty much the same story.

This author enhances that experience by writing them mostly in the same words, very often cliched ones at that. His attempts at humor are pretty much at the level of nudge, nudge, wink, wink: if there is any sense of wonder here, it seems to hover around the sex lives of the subjects.

Yes, he is sympathetic to these folks, and few thoughtful people could really argue with the proposition "what else are they going to do for a living?" (I was blown away by the earnings he reports--$100 a week back in the day when $1 could buy 10 pounds of hamburger! It was often a very good living indeed.) Sadly, the sideshow has become passe, and with it a way of life that gave strange people a community--obviously often a rich and supportive one.
5.0 su 5 stelle Five Stars 3 marzo 2017
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Love this book! So interesting and humbling.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Alive on the Inside 26 novembre 2005
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Marc Hartzman has undertaken an ambitious project: a chronicle of those showfolks who performed in America's sideshows from circa 1830 to the present. Starting with the golden era under P.T. Barnum, Hartzman gives the reader brief biographical introductions to these unusual performers. Hartzman's prose offers a good humored look at the place where truth and hype converge in the lives of these human oddities. The text is accompanied by rare photographs from the author's and other collections (including that of yours truly).

I find it gratifying that whereas most books focus on sideshow's illustrious (or dubious) past, Hartzman also takes time to acknowledge the contemporary performers and showmen keeping the tradition alive out there on the sawdust trail.

The short, the tall, the fat, the tattooed, the conjoined, the hirsute, the limbless: they're all here to discover inside Hartzman's tent.
5.0 su 5 stelle American Sideshow 27 dicembre 2010
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This book is just what it says it is: an encyclopedia for sideshow freaks. I don't consider all the people in the book as "freaks." They are, however, different than the rest of us and the book very interestingly describes their deformities or differences, and tells a brief story of their lives, complete with birth and death dates, when available. I found it to be educational and extremely interesting. One of those books I couldn't put down! I grew up around a person who was born with extreme deformities, but that person was never in a sideshow, and he isn't in this book, of course. Because of living around that person (my dad's hired hand), I never discriminated against people who are "different" and I used to get very angry at people who stared at him. This book makes one realize that these people who are different have real lives, just like the rest of us.
5.0 su 5 stelle Great way to learn about the old American sideshows and ... 26 novembre 2016
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This book was completely fascinating. Each story was so interesting. Great way to learn about the old American sideshows and the "freaks" who made them possible.