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Book Title: Circus Fire, The|
The author of the book: Stewart O'Nan
Date of issue: November 25th 2004
ISBN 13: 9781596004832
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 889 KB
Edition: Brilliance Audio
Read full description of the books Circus Fire, The:“An extraordinary book. O’Nan is amazing in his handling of the abundance of facts, rumors and legends that have built up around this fire.” —USA Today
It was a midsummer afternoon, halfway through a Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus performance, when the big top caught fire. The tent had been waterproofed with a mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in seconds it was burning out of control. More than 8,000 people were trapped inside, and the ensuing disaster would eventually take 167 lives.
Stewart O’Nan brings all his narrative gifts to bear on this gripping account of the great Hartford circus fire of 1944. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, O’Nan skillfully re-creates the horrific events and illuminates the psychological oddities of human behavior under stress: the mad scramble for the exits; the perilous effort to maneuver animals out of danger; the hero who tossed dozens of children to safety before being trampled to death. Brilliantly constructed and exceptionally moving, The Circus Fire is history at its most compelling.
“A profound remembering of the fire, its victims, its survivors, and its legacy.” —The Boston Globe
“[O’Nan’s nonfiction] is as accomplished as his fiction…as gripping as any thriller.” —The Seattle Times
Read information about the authorStewart O'Nan is the author of eleven novels, including Snow Angels and A Prayer for the Dying, a story collection, and two works of nonfiction. His previous novel, Last Night at the Lobster, was a national bestseller, was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was named one of the New York Public Library Books to Remember. Additionally, Granta named him one of the 20 Best Young American Novelists. O'Nan lives with his family in Avon, Connecticut."
Note: Stewart O'Nan published also the book "A Good Day to Die" under his pseudonym James Coltrane. You'll find it here: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5445945.James_Coltrane_Stewart_O_Nan_
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