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Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM By Carol Birch

The dazzling new novel, evoking the strange and thrilling world of the Victorian carnival, from the Man Booker shortlisted author of Jamrach s Menagerie.A life in the spotlight will keep anyone hiddenJulia Pastrana is the singing and dancing marvel from Mexico, heralded on tours across nineteenth century Europe as much for her talent as for her rather unusual appearance YThe dazzling new novel, evoking the strange and thrilling world of the Victorian carnival, from the Man Booker shortlisted author of Jamrach s Menagerie.A life in the spotlight will keep anyone hiddenJulia Pastrana is the singing and dancing marvel from Mexico, heralded on tours across nineteenth century Europe as much for her talent as for her rather unusual appearance Yet few can see past the thick hair that covers her she is both the fascinating toast of a Governor s ball and the shunned, revolting, unnatural beast, to be hidden from children and pregnant women But what is her wonderful and terrible link to Rose, collector of lost treasures in an attic room in modern day south London In this haunting tale of identity, love and independence, these two lives will connect in unforgettable ways.
  • Title: Orphans of the Carnival
  • Author: Carol Birch
  • ISBN: 9780385541527
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Hardcover

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Dannii Elle Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you the author, Carol Birch, and the publisher, Canongate Books, for this opportunity.First of all, can I just address how beautiful this cover is! That, alongside the intriguing title, immediately engaged my shallow attention. The allusion to this being a story along the vein of The Night Circus also had me hooked! I would say the latter is a weak connection, as the only real similarity is the carnival/circus setting that ta [...]
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Carolyn Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
About a third of the way into this book, I realised it was based on a true story. And what an incredible story it is! Suddenly this novel warped form being a tale about a circus freak to one about a real woman and that totally changed my relationship with the characters.Julia Pastrana was born with hair all over her face and body, a large thrusting jaw and a double set of teeth. Born in Mexico in the 19th century, she was protected by her family and lived in the Governor's household where she wa [...]
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♥ Sandi ❣ Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
Having just read the non-fiction book Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South about two young albino boys stolen and displayed as freaks in the circus, I was hesitant to read this book right away. However, knowing that this story was fiction - based on fact - made it a book that was so close in story that I wanted to compare the two. I am happy that I did. Julia Pastrana and her son Theo Jr. both led tragic lives, which became much more so a [...]
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Sonja Arlow Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
There are 2 reasons I have decided to round off this rating to 3 stars although I found a lot I didn’t like in the story.Firstly, I have been going through a bad reading phase and at this point I am not sure if I can trust my own judgement anymore and secondly, I was so shocked to learn that the main character in this story, Julia, actually did exist in the mid 18’hundreds I had to go dig out a picture of her and that changed my view of the story slightly.What can be more fascinating than a [...]
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Bam Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
Orphans of the Carnival is a fascinating work of historical fiction based on the life of Julia Pastrana who lived from 1834-1860 and was the great curiosity of her time. She was born in the mountains of Culiacan, Mexico, where she was abandoned by her mother and eventually adopted into the home of Don Pedro where she worked as a servant. The woman we meet in these poignant pages is quite smart and talented--she speaks three languages, can sing, dance and play guitar and often performs for the gu [...]
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Hannah Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
That wasn't fun. I do not know what I expected of this book, but this wasn't it. It is not necessarily a bad book, it just wasn't one I enjoyed at all.This books tells the story Julia Patrana's life - a woman living in the 19th century whose whole body was covered in hair and who performed on various stages (singing and dancing - but to be fair most people came to gawk). I figured reading about her life will be fascinating but somehow it really wasn't. The reason why I found it hard to care was [...]
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Beadyjan Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
I think everyone who reads this book should go into it knowing that it’s a novel with its feet firmly based on facts. I did, and it gave me a huge empathy with the main character Julia Pastrana, a woman who really existed, the notorious ape woman of Mexico who toured the world with Victorian freak shows. Just Google her name and you’ll find the original playbills for the carnivals she starred in and her photograph which haunted me throughout the book. Oh my Gosh, did people really ostracise [...]
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Bandit Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
I would have read this book knowing nothing about the author, though being short listed for Man Booker prize (albeit for a different novel) is certainly a strong recommendation. I would have read this book even if I hadn't known it was actually based on real individuals. I would have read this book because I'm absolutely enamored by circuses, sideshows, freaks and all that. Not to mention my love for historical fiction. Not to mention my love for a good story well told. This book was all I expec [...]
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Lolly K Dandeneau Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
“When you think about it- every person’s like a museum of their life.”(visit my blog bookstalkerblog.wordpress)Oh my heart! My heart is still healing from this novel. Julia Pastrana was a born ‘freak’, but an accomplished very talented one who was a dancer, a performer, could speak several languages and could both charm and horrify people. But like many women, all she wanted was to be loved for who she was beneath her ‘animal countenance’. Everyone knows no man could ever look upon [...]
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Daryl Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
I entered the giveaway for this book because the description reminded me of Geek Love, one of my favorite novels. Happily I won the giveaway, and started reading, the book initially reminding me more of the HBO series Carnivale. But even that comparison faded as I read deeper into the novel. I loved this book. First of all, the prose is absolutely gorgeous. I was unfamiliar with Carol Birch, though she's written many previous novels. I will seek those out, as she is an amazing writer. As one of [...]
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Lynn Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
Firstly, thanks to the publisher for a free copy via the Keep Turning Pages discussion group. I think I might have enjoyed this even more if I had been aware it is a work of historical fiction--Julia was real. Honestly, it took almost half the book before I was truly vested in reading it. However, in all fairness my life has been rather hectic these past few weeks, and I suspect that had more to do with my reading experience than the book/writing style itself. It is a fascinating premise. I was [...]
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C Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
Julia Pastrana is mistaken for a werewolf or the Missing Link. Though she can speak three languages, strangers think she can't speak at all. Julia Pastrana was actually a living woman with hypertrichosis, an abnormal amount of hair grows on the body. Having two rows of teeth and bigger mouth didn't help her being confused for a monster in the mid 19th century. Julia's obvious path was to join circus life, and other things in her life made her story stranger than fiction. Here, Carol Birch reimag [...]
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Mary Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
Wow! What a fascinating story!! Although I'm familiar with hypertrichosis, I'd never before heard of Julia Pastrana, the woman who's life Carol Birch based this story on. Pastrana lived a sad yet remarkable life. I say sad because of the way she was treated as a freak of nature and put on display to perform day after day, year after year in front of gawking crowds. However, Julia Pastrana was immensely popular and famous. She was paid handsomely for each performance and turned her misfortunes in [...]
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Karin Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
Although I had no idea until after I read it that this was based on a real woman, I certainly found many things about this fictionalized version of her life believable. Julia Pastrana was born in Mexico, abandoned by her mother and raise by a governor. As a young woman she left for the US where she began her performing career, being views as a monster and a freak by many, although she spoke three languages fluently, was literate, could sing, dance and play both the harmonica and guitar. Birch ha [...]
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nikkia neil Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
This book will blow people's socks off! Carol Birch takes just the right tone for this novel. I will not forget this book for a long time.
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Stuart Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
Julia Pastrana has an exceptional story. A Mexican orphan who was taken in by a family who raised her, taught her to sing, dance and play instruments. When the elderly lady she was tasked with looking after passes away, Julia decides to go on the road, using her talents and irregular appearance to make money and see the world. Meeting others like herself, misfits and the wonderfully different, she travels America, doing shows, appearing in carnivals and participating in high profile events.The s [...]
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Jo Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
Thank you for sending me an ARC of this book. Perhaps I'm not sophisticated enough to appreciate this book. It started out well but quickly became a long drawn out dither. When Julia is with her first troupe there are plenty of interesting characters, when she hooks up with Theo life becomes humdrum and so does the story. We move to Prague. Will Theo lose Julia? We move to Vienna. Will Theo lose Julia? You get the idea. And I have no idea what Rose's modern day storyline was supposed to mean.
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Bhavna Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
*Received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review*This book is so poorly written that it is almost unreadable. The premise is quite interesting but the long-winded descriptions and uneventful storyline had me losing interest very quickly. Cannot say more because I couldn't read more than half before I gave up.
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ReaderSP Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
I really enjoy books that revolve around a circus, I have no idea why I enjoy these so much but I always love them, so when I saw this book I was intrigued and excited. The book follows Julia Pastrana, a woman born in Mexico in 1834 with two severe genetic malformations that resulted in her body being covered in hair and in her having a protruding mouth and lips with two rows of teeth. After being spotted by someone in the circus industry, Julia ended up joining the circus and travelled the worl [...]
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Olga Miret Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
The sad story of an incredible historical figure and an exploited woman Thanks to NetGalley and to Canongate book for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Although I’ve never been to a circus I’ve always been interested in stories, books, films and artworks about the circus. And I’ve never forgotten the movie Freaks (1932) directed by Tod Browning, that is as beautiful and touching as it is horrifying (not because of the ‘freaks’ of the story, but bec [...]
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Amber Eats Books Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
DNFed at 75 pages.I have been trying to get into this story for days without success. The main character Julia was interesting but didn't elicit an emotional connection from me. I also felt that the modern storyline didn't add anything to the overall plot. Those sections seemed out of place. I did enjoy the writing style so I may check out another book by this author.
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The Book Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
I LOVE Jamrach's Menagerie so much and hesitated to read this in case it just didn't seem as good to me. And it didn't :( not one I will re-read. Only OK, mildly interesting but not terribly so and I didn't especially like any of the characters which is always a joy-killer for me.
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Ruby Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
That it was based on a true story motivated me to read this book. I'm of mixed feelings about the unique life of Julia Pastrana, gawped at like a creature but enjoyed world travel and affluence because of it. What happened after her death was worlds worse. It is not just biographical but a story of human morality and curiosity. I don't think there is any denying that even to this day there is an inner compulsion to know more about someone like Julia. Maybe we are not as crass as the audiences wh [...]
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Tonia Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
Really more of a 3.5 stars, but that isn't an option so I rounded up.
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Yzabel Ginsberg Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
[I received a copy of this novel through NetGalley.]This novel is based on the story of Julia Pastrana, a perforrmer and "freak" who lived in the 19th century; more than the typical "woman with a beard", Julia was covered in hair, and had a facial condition that made her look like an ape. Throughout the story, we get to see here leave her hometown and the house where she had lived, to perform with a troupe, then with independent managers. More than a mere attraction, Julia sang and danced beauti [...]
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Donna Davis Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
“Julia hated thinking about money. There’d always been enough. Other people provided, but she had to work. She could sweep and wash and light fires, or she could sing and dance and let them look. Singing and dancing won all, hands down.”Thank you to Net Galley and Doubleday for the DRC, which I received in exchange for this honest review. The book comes out Tuesday, November 8.Orphans of the Carnival is a fictionalized account of the life of Julia Pastrana, a Paiute woman born in Latin Ame [...]
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Arwen Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
A life in the spotlight will keep anyone hiddenJulia Pastrana is the singing and dancing marvel from Mexico, heralded on tours across nineteenth-century Europe as much for her talent as for her rather unusual appearance. Yet few can see past the thick hair that covers her: she is both the fascinating toast of a Governor's ball and the shunned, revolting, unnatural beast, to be hidden from children and pregnant women. But what is her wonderful and terrible link to Rose, collector of lost treasure [...]
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Myndi Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
Julia Pastrana was born with a rare condition called hypertrichosis, which left much of her body covered in hair. Born in the 1800’s and left with very few options, she chose to take an offer to tour with a freakshow, and eventually found herself married to her last manager, Theo Lent. Together they toured the world. Years after being married, she lost their only child during childbirth, and died shortly thereafter.This is an especially difficult review for me to write because I didn’t parti [...]
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Andrea van Wyk Jun 27, 2019 - 04:11 AM
It is rare for me not to finish a book. Even if I find something boring or silly, I'll usually slog through it while reading something else. But no matter how hard I tried, I just could not get further than page 210 of Carol Birch's Orphan's of the Carnival - about halfway. I'm a fast reader but it took me months to reach the point where I decided to throw in the towel. I simply have too many unread books scattered across my flat and publishers keep sending me more. I had never read any of Birch [...]
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Orphans of the Carnival By Carol Birch The dazzling new novel, evoking the strange and thrilling world of the Victorian carnival, from the Man Booker shortlisted author of Jamrach s Menagerie.A life in the spotlight will keep anyone hiddenJulia Pastrana is the singing and dancing marvel from Mexico, heralded on tours across nineteenth century Europe as much for her talent as for her rather unusual appearance YThe dazzling new novel, evoking the strange and thrilling world of the Victorian carnival, from the Man Booker shortlisted author of Jamrach s Menagerie.A life in the spotlight will keep anyone hiddenJulia Pastrana is the singing and dancing marvel from Mexico, heralded on tours across nineteenth century Europe as much for her talent as for her rather unusual appearance Yet few can see past the thick hair that covers her she is both the fascinating toast of a Governor s ball and the shunned, revolting, unnatural beast, to be hidden from children and pregnant women But what is her wonderful and terrible link to Rose, collector of lost treasures in an attic room in modern day south London In this haunting tale of identity, love and independence, these two lives will connect in unforgettable ways.

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