Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Charlatan's Boy - A Book Review

The Charlatan's Boy, a novel by Jonathan Rogers, find us looking into the life of Grady. As far back as Grady can remember he has been the "boy" of Floyd, a traveling showman. They have gone from village to village for years, making the most of Grady's "ugliness". Billed as "The Wild Man of the Feechiefen Swamp" Grady performed for audiences far and wide. But it seems that no one believes in the feechies anymore.

Floyd and Grady set out to make them believe once again. So armed with the tricks of their trade, the charlatan and his boy set out to create another Great Feechie Scare, which Floyd swears will make them rich. All Grady wants is to know just who he truly is.

This book had a review on it stating "A new kind of story. It's C. S. Lewis and Mark Twain rolled into one." As a lover of the writing of Lewis and Twain, that comment alone had me requesting this book to review. Unfortunately, I was not as impressed with the tale as I had hoped to be.

I continually found myself struggling to find a "mental picture" in which to set the characters. I couldn't make up my mind if the area would be more "western" or if I should set them in scenes closer to those found in an English countryside. I honestly struggled to finish the book.

I am giving this book a 1.

Have a Blessed Day!


I received this book from the publisher, WaterBrook Multnomah, and their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a postivie review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you're back! That's disappointing...I thought it looked like something I would like...I especially liked the cover art.