Friday, December 31, 2010
The Charlatan's Boy
"The Charlatan's Boy, by Jonathan Rogers is a unique story of right and wrong. Floyd, the ever present showman takes Grady an orphan without any past or apparent future, and transforms him into a showman. Floyd is the consomit showman and flim flammer, who cheats the unsuspecting people of the countryside out of their coppers by fakery and shams. Grady, who has no family that he can remember, other than what Floyd tells him, is transformed into a showman's apprentice. He takes great pride in becoming a Wild Man of the Feechiefen Swamp.
This story takes the reader from Floyd's and Grady's antics of Feechiefen to Phrenology and back to Feechiefendum. Along the way Grady meets some interesting characters and finds himself pitted against some strange and not so particularly handsome people when staring as the Ugliest Boy in the World Show. Once that gig plays out, both he and Floyd go back to their antics of promoting the Great Freechie Scare. What both Floyd and Grady don't know is what is right around the corner.
This story startes out slow, but with each chapter, the reader finds himself or herself wanting to learn more about Grady. the young man without a past and what appears to be no future. Jonathan Rogers has done a great job of pulling the reader into the story and at the end, I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised.