Carter Beats the Devil
An amazing, richly evocative novel of magic and history in the tradition of E. L. Doctorow and Caleb Carr.America in the 1920s was a nation obsessed with magic. Not just the kind performed in theaters and on stages across the country, but the magic of technology, science, and prosperity. Enter... show more
An amazing, richly evocative novel of magic and history in the tradition of E. L. Doctorow and Caleb Carr.America in the 1920s was a nation obsessed with magic. Not just the kind performed in theaters and on stages across the country, but the magic of technology, science, and prosperity. Enter Charles Carter -- a.k.a. Carter the Great -- a young master performer whose skill as an illusionist exceeds even that of the great Houdini. Fueled by a passion for magic that grew out of desperation and loneliness, Carter has become a legend in his own time. His thrilling act involves outrageous stunts carried out on elaborate sets before the most demanding audiences. But the most outrageous stunt of all stars none other than President Warren Harding and ends up nearly costing Carter the reputation he worked so hard to create. Filled with historical references that evoke the excesses and enthusiasm of postwar, pre-Depression America, Carter Beats the Devil is the complex and illuminating story of one man's journey through a magical -- and sometimes dangerous -- world, where illusion is everything, and everything is illusory.
Publish date: September 5th 2001
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
Good characters, well written, interesting plot but an overly violent ending.
A wonderful romp through America's showbiz past. One of the most enjoyable novels of the last few years.
Not at all my usual style, which means I'll probably take it off my list in a month when I can't remember what I was so excited about in the first place. But it does sound cool.
Surprise pressie from Clare in Croydon AND Psyché ranimée par le baiser de l'Amour1787 fridge magnet from the Louvre AND what fun - Waitrose Weekend supplement complete with Lulu at 61 and a sudoku on the back.Thank you Clare!First line - On Friday, August third, 1923, the morning after President Ha...
Hooray for dollar books! I already wanted to read this, and the cover really cinched the deal, so when I found it in a bargain bin, it was a done deal, and in a fit of spontaneity I began reading it immediately.What I did not expect, upon starting the book, was that if you were to cut out about two ...