The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers, It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.***A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. --Oscar Wilde, 1888***The man billed as Prospero the Enchanter receives a fair amount of correspondence via the theater office, but this the first envelope addressed to him that contains a suicide note, and it is also the first to arrive carefully pinned to the coat of a five-year-old.
This book is organized in a very interesting way. The beginning starts with what I'm going to call a 'thematic mini-passage' (titled Anticipation), followed by an epigraph, which is then followed by the actual narration. So I included a bit of each. This would be annoying if they were all boring, but as it turns out, I think they're all fantastic. These 'thematic mini-passages' continue throughout the book. I'm only 50 pages in, so I've only encountered two.
Although nothing extraordinary has happened, there are some sinister undertones and interesting character dynamics that lead me to believe something potentially amazing will happen. This is good.