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The Little Clown   By: (1854-1932)

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The Little Clown by Thomas Cobb is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that dives deep into the complex world of the circus and the underlying emotions of its performers.

The story revolves around the life of the protagonist, a young and talented clown named Charlie. From the very beginning, the author paints a vivid picture of the circus atmosphere, transporting readers to a vibrant and enchanting world. Through Cobb's descriptive prose, the smells, sounds, and colors of the circus come alive, immersing readers in the magic of the Big Top.

What sets this novel apart from others in its genre is its exploration of the inner struggles and personal demons of its characters, particularly Charlie. As a clown, Charlie's role is to bring joy and laughter to others, yet behind the painted smile is a troubled soul. Cobb skillfully delves into Charlie's psyche, exposing the vulnerabilities hidden beneath his clown persona. This exploration of the duality of human nature adds depth and richness to the narrative, elevating it beyond mere entertainment.

Additionally, the novel grapples with themes of identity, self-discovery, and the price one pays for pursuing one's dreams. Charlie's journey is an emotional rollercoaster, as he grapples with his place in the world and the sacrifices he must make to achieve his goals. The author poignantly highlights the universal struggle of finding one's purpose and staying true to oneself, even in the face of adversity.

Cobb's writing style marries simplicity with a poetic touch, capturing the essence of each character and scene with precision. The dialogue is natural and believable, conveying the emotions and motivations of the characters effectively. While the pacing may feel slow at times, it only serves to enhance the tension building within the story.

The Little Clown is a truly remarkable novel that offers readers a glimpse into the lives of those who dedicate themselves to the art of clowning. It is a book that goes beyond the surface level entertainment and explores the deeper layers of human experience. Thomas Cobb's masterful storytelling and well-drawn characters will undoubtedly stay with readers long after they turn the final page.

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1. How it began

2. Jimmy goes to London

3. At Aunt Selina's

4. Aunt Selina at Home

5. At the Railway Station

6. The Journey

7. Jimmy is taken into Custody

8. Jimmy runs away

9. The Circus

10. On the Road

11. Jimmy runs away again

12. Jimmy sleeps in a Windmill

13. The Last

The Little Clown



Jimmy was nearly eight years of age when these strange things happened to him. His full name was James Orchardson Sinclair Wilmot, and he had been at Miss Lawson's small school at Ramsgate since he was six.

There were only five boys besides himself, and Miss Roberts was the only governess besides Miss Lawson. The half term had just passed, and they did not expect to go home for the Christmas holidays for another four or five weeks, until one day Miss Lawson became very ill, and her sister, Miss Rosina, was sent for.

It was on Friday that Miss Rosina told the boys that she had written to their parents and that they would all be sent home on Tuesday, and no doubt Jimmy might have felt as glad as the rest if he had had a home to be sent to... Continue reading book >>

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