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The Catch Trap [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Marion Zimmer Bradley
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Kurzbeschreibung

1. Juni 2012
Tommy Zane hates lions, a major obstacle in a family of lion tamers. But Tommy's dreams--and talent--fly higher, up in the rigging with the trapeze. When rising star Mario Santelli offers him flying lessons, it looks like the start of wonderful new life, and to Tommy's surprise, his relationship with Mario deepens even as his skill soars in the rigging. But life in the 1940s forces them to keep their love a secret, and the stress pushes both Tommy and Mario to a precipice. And as Mario flies higher and higher, Tommy begins to wonder if it will always be his role to catch Mario as he falls. A tremendously moving tale, a rich family saga, a wise and compassionate portrait of a special love in a cruel world.

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  • Taschenbuch: 632 Seiten
  • Verlag: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust (1. Juni 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1938185021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938185021
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,9 x 15,2 x 3,2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 105.182 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Marion Zimmer Bradley, 1930 in Albany im Bundesstaat New York geboren, hat als Autorin von Die Nebel von Avalon, Die Wälder von Albion und Die Herrin von Avalon Weltruhm erlangt. In über fünfzehnjähriger Arbeit schuf sie einen modernen Unterhaltungsklassiker, ein Geschichtspanorama, Lieblingslektüre für Generationen von Lesern. Diese Romane wurden auch beim deutschen Publikum ein überwältigender Erfolg. Marion Zimmer Bradley starb am 25. September 1999 in ihrem kalifornischen Wohnort Berkeley.

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Marion Zimmer Bradley is probably best known for her Darkover novels and her best-selling Arthurian novel THE MISTS OF AVALON. In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988, and an annual anthology, SWORD AND SORCERESS. For more information, see her website: www.mzbworks.com.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Eines meiner Lieblingsbücher! 11. März 2013
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Ich hatte das Buch zuerst auf Deutsch und es ist seit vielen Jahren eines meiner Lieblingsbücher. Deshalb wollte ich es auch in der Original-Sprache lesen.
Es ist einfach eine ganz tolle Liebesgeschichte und die Welt des Zirkus ist faszinierend und lädt zum Träumen ein. Auch allen Freunden, denen ich das Buch empfohlen habe, waren begeistert.
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Ich habe das Buch schon vor Jahren gelesen und seitdem immer wieder, diesmal auf Englisch. Es ist eine Geschichte, die alles hat, ohne sich auf Wiederholungen aus anderen Büchern zu stützen. Eine außergewöhnliche Liebesgeschichte, ein schönes Zeitgemälde, eine außergewöhnliches Szenario, alles dabei.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Impossible to Put Down 8. Juli 2002
Von Gary F. Taylor - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Let me say at the onset that THE CATCH TRAP has a number of flaws. It is unevenly written; the storyline is somewhat repetitive; the characters are sometimes poorly motivated; the relationship between central characters Mario Santelli and Tommy Zane betrays a certain innocence on the part of the author. But for all its flaws and failings, THE CATCH TRAP is simply one of the most compulsively readable novels I have ever encountered.
The thing that makes the novel so impossible to put down is that everything about it is vividly, vividly alive. Set in the world of the circus of the 1940s and 1950s, the novel tells the story of teenager Tommy Zane, the son of a lion tamer, who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist--and who is taken under the wing of a famous family, The Flying Santellis. Bradley not only gives the novel tremedous sweep, she is so meticulous in her portrayal of circus life that you can smell the popcorn and feel the sawdust; the environment lives and breathes around the characters in a most remarkable way.
But no novel survives on atmosphere alone. Bradley's story is equally unexpected: the star flyer, Mario Santelli, is homosexual--and he and teenage Tommy embark on a passionate love affair. But not only is Tommy underage, this is the 1940s and 1950s; the secrecy their relationship requires proves devastating to both, driving them into a downward spiral of guilt and despair even as they risk their lives on the trapeze with every performance. And around the two swirl a myriad of colorful characters as brilliant as a storm of confetti: the tempetuous Santelli family itself, the movers and shakers of their profession, the contrasting high flyers and lowlifes they encounter as they move from carny midway to center ring, from stardom to disaster.
One of the most surprising things about the novel is how romantically Bradley presents the relationship between Mario and Tommy and--for all her rather elementary assumptions about gay men and their relationships--how effective her approach is. You believe in them, you believe in the world in which they move, and page after page you want to know what happens next. This is not a book to place on your nightstand... because you'll never get to sleep. Surprisingly powerful, amazingly memorable, and very strongly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Love, In Any Form, Is a Beautiful Word 28. August 2003
Von Patrick Shepherd - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Those who are familiar with Bradley's Darkover works know that she has tackled the theme of homosexuality before, but those works are set in a future, almost alien environment. This book's setting is one that almost everyone has had at least some contact with, that of the circus and the high-flying trapeze act.
The period is the forties and fifties, a time when such relationships were never, ever talked about, criminalized in most states, and ruined many careers and lives if they became public knowledge. To this setting Bradley brings a remarkably apt pen, one that shows the circus in such detail that you can literally hear the elephants trumpet, the lions roar, the drum roll before the death-defying flight of the trapeze artist. The book follows the happening of the Flying Santellis, a family that has given their all to the perfection of the trapeze act since the 1890s. The Santellis are a close-knit family, held together by tradition, discipline, and a set of old-world values. To this family comes young Tommy Zane, entranced by the dream of becoming a flyer, and so familiar with world of the circus as the son of a lion tamer that the lives of non-circus people seem almost unreal to him. He is brought under the wing of Mario Santelli for training, and there is a quickly developing attraction between the two, an attraction that is far more than just physical, an attuning of each to the other that leads to their perfect sense of timing with each other on the trapeze.
It is this point that Bradley develops so well in this novel, the impossibility of separating a person's sexuality from the rest of their lives, that love is far more than just sex. Add to that the environment of that time, when such love could not be freely expressed, and you have the recipe for serious emotional repression and destructive anger. Bradley's characters' feelings and thoughts bristle with such charge that it is impossible not to become caught up in their plight, not to have your own anger raised at the stupidity and prejudice displayed by Angelo, Mario's uncle, and others. The rest of the Santelli family have their own problems, too, somewhat more conventional, but just as heart-breaking, just as real as the family next door. The book's ending is a true emotional uplift, growing out of and very true to Bradley's characters' development into mature individuals.
Bradley's sexual descriptions are only very mildly graphic, but there is some violence depicted here that might disturb some readers. But that is part of the point: it should disturb, that a society's rules, when at odds with basic human nature, can lead to such outbreaks of violence, detrimental to both the involved individuals and the society at large.
An impeccably detailed setting, sharply realized characters that live and breathe, an explosive situation, and a thematic message that is handled with grace and much insight - this is a novel that demands reading, regardless of your own sexual preferences.
--- Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Probably the best novel I've ever read 15. August 1997
Von Scott E. Miller - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A friend lent me a copy of "The Catch Trap" and the prospect of reading a book about the circus in the 40s and 50s seemed like pure torture. Still, for some strange reason I picked it up and started reading (about a month after it was lent to me). Over the course of the next week, I found it increasingly difficult to put the book down. I stayed up literally all night one night because I just couldn't put it down.

Though I'm usually not a big fan of long novels full of lots of detail, this book is riveting. The characters are full, rich, complicated people with complex, endlessly fascinating relationships. When I finished the book, I was genuinely sad to leave these people I had grown to love. The Santelli family had become real to me, almost as if I belonged to them in some way, and Tommy and Mario were my friends. And I felt like I knew so intimately what the life of traveling circus performers had been like.

In addition to great characters and a great story, Bradley does a superior job of
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mesmerizing 26. Dezember 2002
Von Chris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Marion Zimmer Bradley breathes vivid life into the circus world of the 1940's and 50's with this unforgettable love story, a timeless classic about the triumph of love in the face of all odds. Bradley did her homework on the circus world of the 1940's, as well as on the gay sub-culture of that era. The book is so detailed, so nuanced, that you will end the book feeling as if you know all the characters --- the passionate and angst-filled Mario, his seemingly frail sister-in-law Stella who grows stronger and more sure as the years pass, Mario's Uncle --- the solid-as-a-rock but bigoted Angelo. And, of course, Mario's love Tommy Zane, the anchor of this panoramic novel. The tale of Tommy's coming into adulthood is mesmerizing, as is Mario and Tommy's fight to keep their love together, while struggling to keep it hidden in a prejudiced world.
This book is so amazing that I'm almost at a loss for words. I just finished reading it for the third time. The first time I read it was 10 years ago. I was in college and I remember reading it between classes, during classes, and at red lights on the way to class. It was so incredible that I couldn't put it down. And now, 10 years later, reading it for a third time, the book lost none of its power - I still found layers in it that I hadn't discovered before. I found myself reading and re-reading passages and paragraphs because the book is so rich that I wanted to keep savoring it.
Whether you're gay or straight or whatever, you should be able to relate to the characters and understand them. You are in for an intense, page-turning read with The Catch Trap. The book is almost a bit overwhelming --- I recommend that you start it when you have some time to get immersed in it, as you won't be able to put it down once you pass the first 100 pages or so. (It does start a bit slowly but once it gets started, hold onto your hats!)
Another strength about this book is that it's a lot more than a love story. It has many themes---what is artistic integrity?, how do we stay close to our families while asserting our own personalities?, and how do you stay true to your soulmate while growing into your own independance?
In a way, I would have loved a sequel, but Bradley ties everything together so perfectly, that a sequel isn't necessary.
I would give my right-arm to join a book discussion group about this book. If anyone wants to discuss it over email with me, please drop me a note at stormkpr@usa.net I think it's a shame that the book is, apparently, out of print. Marion Zimmer Bradley's hidden treasure!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I hate love stories - but I loved this book! 6. April 1998
Von J. Strange - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was given this book several years ago and was extremely skeptical. I don't usually like love stories and I'm not a big science fiction fan so when I saw that it was a love story by a science fiction writer I was sure I would hate it. I didn't. In fact I started reading it one Saturday afternoon and didn't put it down until I finished it that evening. The relationship between these two men (Tommy Zane and Matt "Mario" Santelli) was so moving and so real. All of the characters in this book are so multi-dimensional that you think you know each of them intimately and you start to feel like one of the family. Set in the circus world of the 40's, this book takes you on a fantastic ride through the lives of two young men who risk everything to be together. I've probably read this book over two dozen times and I love it just as much each time. In fact, my copy is so worn out that I had to order a new one. Read it! You won't be sorry.
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