Roustabout

Roustabout Some children dream of joining the circus Mat dreams of escaping Abandoned by her mother molested by her stepfather she sees through the glitter and fantasy of the bigtop to the grimy reality of the

  • Title: Roustabout
  • Author: Michelle Chalfoun
  • ISBN: 9780060927998
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • Some children dream of joining the circus Mat dreams of escaping Abandoned by her mother, molested by her stepfather, she sees through the glitter and fantasy of the bigtop to the grimy reality of the backlot There Mat and the roustabout crew while away the deadening hours between rigging the tent and driving trucks with drugs, booze, and sex.

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    • Roustabout is a novel by Michelle Chalfoun, which takes readers on a journey of what life is really like being a roustabout amongst the travelling circus. This is an emotionally powerful tale of Mat, a young confused girl who was abandoned by her mother at the circus only to stay with her abusive stepfather. It is a book of obscure people who take large doses of drugs and clip clothespins on nostrils and nipples just to stay awake while driving trucks to their next strange show. Chalfoun writing [...]


    • Matty (Matilda) is a roustabout in the circus. This is the story of her life, set in the traveling company, and it is not a pretty picture. As a child Matty is abandoned by her mother to the abusive circus worker Enis, who wastes no time making her his sex toy. At 15, she is taken over by Jayson, a boss in the troupe. That relationship continues for several years, during which Matty takes her place as a capable roustabout. Jay is never able to convince her to live with him, though. That is a goo [...]


    • Here is a book that turns the child's dream of running away with the circus upside down, giving an account of the harsh life awaiting those who to live the dream which is, in reality, from the author's perspective, closer to a nightmare. The narrator, Matty, a roustabout in a traveling circus, has been subjected to sexual abuse by her stepfather, and has witnessed countless other unkind acts, such as the deserting on the road of employees, and sometimes wives and children. This is a compelling a [...]


    • Roustabout is often very disturbing, but it brings to light the truth of living as a circus kid. Being in a traveling circus has its perks Mat tells readers, but her story behind closed doors is one of abuse, neglect and confusion, and wishing every day that she could be a normal kid. As she gets older,she finds that substance abuse and promiscuity is a way to forget who and where she is, but eventually it becomes increasingly harder to cope with things. This book was haunting, grim and surreal, [...]


    • This was a book suggestion from a friend who at one time wanted to join the circus. I read it with an open mind and open heart, but if the circus life is really like that I would never want to join it! The "big tent" looks so glamorous and maybe the life of a roustabout is exciting on some levels, but all the other layers and life stuff that affects the crew, performers, etc - I would be in fear of being redlighted or worse. The writing is very good. It is a solid story with very real emotions a [...]


    • Strong and moody with evocative language. The author worked as a roustabout in the circus for three years so you get an insider look at the behind the scenes workings. This story is at times bleak and takes you deep into a point form where you see no salvation. You do finally emerge but to a somewhat weak ending.


    • I read this book while living in Denver. I even went to hear the author read sections of it at the Tattered Cover.This book meant a lot to me. In particular, I remember a scene in a motel room, where she's just slept with someone awful & she's trying to keep as close to the edge of the bed and away from him as possible. That brought back memories.


    • Lots of people dream about running away to join the circus, but Michelle Chalfoun actually did, and this novel is the result. (She also ran away to sea, resulting in The Width of the Sea.) Winona Ryder optioned the movie rights to Roustabout, with good reason.


    • Maybe its because she is my first cousin and I know she did spend a good amout of time with the Big apple circus but I realy enjoyed this book. Some may find it a bit disturbing but I think that what what make it a good story.


    • This book was horrid. It was painful to get through, andoverly descriptive on unnecessary parts. Jumping around to the point of multiple rereading because you thought you missed something when it was randomly thrown in. Zero fun!


    • I loved this book and heard Winona Ryder bought the rights to make and star in a movie version. It hasn't happened yet though


    • Depressing book about being a chick in the circus. I would like to think circus life has a few more upsides than what is in this book.






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