The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett

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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.

 

About Robert Jackson Bennett

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Robert Jackson Bennett was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, the Sydney J. Bounds Award, and an Edgar Award, he is the author of the novels Mr. Shivers, The Company Man, The Troupe, and American Elsewhere. Find out more about the author at www.robertjacksonbennett.com.
 
Published February 21, 2012 by Orbit. 500 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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.

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Afterwards George goes backstage where he meets Silenus, and thus a whole other world is revealed to him, a world full of wolves and men in grey suits who are after the troupe and bent of destroying the secrets the troupe carry around with them, the largest of which are snippets of the First Song...

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But what he doesn't realise isthat the fate of creation itself rests with the bizarrely talented and magical characters in the company.

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Fantasy Literature

The Troupe, by Robert Jackson Bennett, follows George Carole, a young piano player who has been trying to find the mysterious Silenus Troupe, a group of vaudeville players whose fourth act nobody seems able to ever remember.

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Fantasy Literature

When George asks Silenus about an atrocity Kingsley has revealed to him, Silenus says, “He’s a good man.” George, horrified, protests that Kingsley is not a good man, and Silenus brusquely corrects him: “You misunderstand me.

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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.

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Sixteen year old George Carole is on the trail of his father – the mysterious Heironomo Silenus.

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