Well, this was a pretty good book! The subject, the life of tiger-trainer Mabel Stark, was absolutely fascinating. I must admit that there was a rather outrageous quality, but I suppose that no circus life would be complete if the story was wholesome or toned down... Despite some questionable actions, Mabel was very likable and really, my main complaint was that the titillating secret the author teased the reader with from the beginning was not nearly as shocking as it could have been, considering some of the other things that went on! For a fictional biography, this was really wonderfully done with a carefully crafted picture of Mabel's whole life. Though the pacing was a bit uneven, and it would have been interesting to see more at the very end, the unique premise and strong writing more than made this an absorbing read.
Amy N. reviewed The Final Confession of Mabel Stark (An Evergreen book) on
If you liked Water for Elephants you will enjoy this book also. Same format in that Mable is an aging circus lady looking back on her very interesting life. Some adult content although not too graphic. Good read!!
wonderful book about a lady lion tamer and her life with her kitties. Set in the 20 or 30s and makes you realize how tough was life back then but Mabel was find as long as she had her cats. She was quite famous back then. She led a very interesting life. Great read