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The Bounce Paperback – 6 May 2003
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Nathan has run away from a circus in America and has come to England to look for his mother. He gains employment with another circus and is ultimately promoted to working with the lions. The book skips between his narration and two of his colleagues, Nan and Lulu. Nan is dull compared to both Nathan and Lulu, so I think the book suffers a little from that as a consequence. Whenever I read Nan's narrative I was in a hurry to get back to one or other of Lulu or Nathan. Unfortunately Nan squeezes out Lulu with a relative increase and decrease of narrative space, much to the detriment of the book as a whole. Lulu was extremely interesting and fascinating and I feel the author utterly and completely wasted the character. She could have done so much more, and weeks later I still feel aggrieved about the poor handling of such a complex and fascinating person.
The book is okay. Nan's role increasing and usurping Lulu's I wasn't keen on. If Nan had been more interesting and had I cared about the character more perhaps my view would have been different.
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