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Subjects
Genres
Suspense fiction
Published
New York : Orbit 2012.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
505 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780316187527
0316187526
Main Author
Robert Jackson Bennett, 1984- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* In Bennett's new fantasy, everything in existence is an echo of a primal song used by the Creator to bring the universe into being. Primarily set in the recent past, the story focuses on a troupe of threadbare vaudevillians wielding unwanted magical powers on- and offstage as they play some of the worst venues in the business. Their primary and private agenda is searching the secret places of the world for surviving fragments of the Creator's music. But they have competitors. The song is also sought by an ancient malevolent power who wants it silenced—and all of creation along with it. In a wonderfully realized world full of pathos and mystery and wisdom, Bennett's antihero showman, Heironome Silenus, bullies and goads his troupe on its bizarre quest, well aware of the consequences of failure. The Troupe is a fairy tale for grown-ups about love and betrayal and redemption, set against the grungy backdrop of a vaudeville stage and revealing along the way a bit of the deep magic to which all life resonates. Another superb effort from Bennett, author of The Company Man (2011), this is the kind of book that will find its way into one's hands again and again over the years. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Bennett (The Company Man) melds an energetic reimagining of medieval myth with an engrossing backdrop of impresarios, puppeteers, and amazing feats of strength in this tale of turn-of-the-century vaudevillians. The performances of Hieronomo "Harry" Silenus's quartet leave audiences dazzled yet unable to remember what they have seen. Teen piano prodigy George Carole, believing that Harry is his father, joins the quartet and learns their actual mission: to sing the song of creation that keeps the world alive and safe. As darkness closes in, the exhausted and increasingly fractious performers gamble everything for one more bit of the song. True motives borne of old sadness are revealed with delicate precision, and even the most terrifying creatures are invested with a heartrending pathos. Narrated perfectly by a baffled young man whose zealous pursuit of a father's love is often outpaced by his alternately endearing and dangerous vanity, Bennett's finely crafted novel rises on a wave of suspense to a place of beauty and hope. Agent: Donald Maass Literary Agency. (Feb.) [Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Sixeen year-old George Carole, uncommonly gifted at the piano, falls in with a strange troupe -- and under the watchful eye of the enigmatic figure of Silenus, George comes to realize that the members of the troupe are more than they appear to be.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A teenager with an expertise in piano runs away from home and joins the Vaudeville circuit, joining a mysterious troupe run by the enigmatic Silenus and must uncover the group's mysterious true purpose before it's too late.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A teenager with an expertise in piano runs away from home and joins the Vaudeville circuit, joining a mysterious troupe run by the enigmatic Silenus and must uncover the group's mysterious true purpose before it's too late. Original. 15,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Vaudeville: mad, mercenary, dreamy, and absurd, a world of clashing cultures and ferocious showmanship and wickedly delightful deceptions. But sixteen-year-old pianist George Carole has joined vaudeville for one reason only: to find the man he suspects to be his father, the great Heironomo Silenus. Yet as he chases down his father's troupe, he begins to understand that their performances are strange even for vaudeville: for wherever they happen to tour, the very nature of the world seems to change. Because there is a secret within Silenus's show so ancient and dangerous that it has won him many powerful enemies. And it's not until after he joins them that George realizes the troupe is not simply touring: they are running for their lives.And soon...he is as well.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Vaudeville: mad, mercenary, dreamy, and absurd, a world of clashing cultures and ferocious showmanship and wickedly delightful deceptions. But sixteen-year-old pianist George Carole has joined vaudeville for one reason only: to find the man he suspects to be his father, the great Heironomo Silenus. Yet as he chases down his father's troupe, he begins to understand that their performances are strange even for vaudeville: for wherever they happen to tour, the very nature of the world seems to change. Because there is a secret within Silenus's show so ancient and dangerous that it has won him many powerful enemies. And it's not until after he joins them that George realizes the troupe is not simply touring: they are running for their lives.And soon...he is as well.