Trapez Tommy Zane hates lions a major obstacle in a family of lion tamers But Tommy s dreams and talent fly higher up in the rigging with the trapeze When rising star Mario Santelli offers him flying lesso

Tommy Zane hates lions, a major obstacle in a family of lion tamers But Tommy s dreams and talent fly higher, up in the rigging with the trapeze When rising star Mario Santelli offers him flying lessons, it looks like the start of wonderful new life, and to Tommy s surprise, his relationship with Mario deepens even as his skill soars in the rigging But life in the 194Tommy Zane hates lions, a major obstacle in a family of lion tamers But Tommy s dreams and talent fly higher, up in the rigging with the trapeze When rising star Mario Santelli offers him flying lessons, it looks like the start of wonderful new life, and to Tommy s surprise, his relationship with Mario deepens even as his skill soars in the rigging But life in the 1940s forces them to keep their love a secret, and the stress pushes both Tommy and Mario to a precipice And as Mario flies higher and higher, Tommy begins to wonder if it will always be his role to catch Mario as he falls.A tremendously moving tale, a rich family saga, a wise and compassionate portrait of a special love in a cruel world.

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  1. Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.Bradley s first published novel length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Hamilton, and Leigh Brackett, especially when they wrote about the glint of strange suns on worlds that never were and never would be Her first novel and much of her subsequent work show their influence strongly.Early in her career, writing as Morgan Ives, Miriam Gardner, John Dexter, and Lee Chapman, Marion Zimmer Bradley produced several works outside the speculative fiction genre, including some gay and lesbian pulp fiction novels For example, I Am a Lesbian was published in 1962 Though relatively tame by today s standards, they were considered pornographic when published, and for a long time she refused to disclose the titles she wrote under these pseudonyms.Her 1958 story The Planet Savers introduced the planet of Darkover, which became the setting of a popular series by Bradley and other authors The Darkover milieu may be considered as either fantasy with science fiction overtones or as science fiction with fantasy overtones, as Darkover is a lost earth colony where psi powers developed to an unusual degree Bradley wrote many Darkover novels by herself, but in her later years collaborated with other authors for publication her literary collaborators have continued the series since her death.Bradley took an active role in science fiction and fantasy fandom, promoting interaction with professional authors and publishers and making several important contributions to the subculture.For many years, Bradley actively encouraged Darkover fan fiction and reprinted some of it in commercial Darkover anthologies, continuing to encourage submissions from unpublished authors, but this ended after a dispute with a fan over an unpublished Darkover novel of Bradley s that had similarities to some of the fan s stories As a result, the novel remained unpublished, and Bradley demanded the cessation of all Darkover fan fiction.Bradley was also the editor of the long running Sword and Sorceress anthology series, which encouraged submissions of fantasy stories featuring original and non traditional heroines from young and upcoming authors Although she particularly encouraged young female authors, she was not averse to including male authors in her anthologies Mercedes Lackey was just one of many authors who first appeared in the anthologies She also maintained a large family of writers at her home in Berkeley Ms Bradley was editing the final Sword and Sorceress manuscript up until the week of her death in September of 1999.Probably her most famous single novel is The Mists of Avalon A retelling of the Camelot legend from the point of view of Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar, it grew into a series of books like the Darkover series, the later novels are written with or by other authors and have continued to appear after Bradley s death.In 2000, she was posthumously awarded the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement In 2014, Bradley was accused of sexual abuse by her daughter, Moira Greyland, who claims that she was molested from the age of 3 to 12 Greyland also claimed that she was not the only victim and that she was one of the people who reported her father, Walter H Breen, for child molestation In response to these allegations Bradley s publisher Victor Gollancz Ltd announced that they will donate all income from the sales of Bradley s e books to the charity Save the Children From

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  1. I read this book every year.It is like a vacation for me, I take time, set it aside and go visit Tommy and Matt for a few weeks Every year it is different, every year it is the same Every year I cry, every year I fall in love There is so much magic in this book it s impossible to explain with just words, which is ironic since the magic was made with words but I digress.A tale of two trapeze artists told in the backdrop of Post World War II, this book spans years and years of Tommy and Matt and t [...]

  2. I just can t believe how disappointed I am with this book I searched for it for so long and when I finally found it and read it I justI can t adequately explain how I feel I won t lament too much though I will try not to include spoilers I acknowledge beforehand that this is only my meager opinion.Marion ZB was obviously a talented writer, and I have enjoyed some of her other works, but as a gay, male reader, I found this piece so poorly done, so brutal, even offensive at times, that I honestly [...]

  3. I actually read this several years ago and haven t done a proper review for it at the time.Looking back to it now, I still remember how much this story impressed me.Tommy joining the Santelli circus to assist Mario Santelli on the trapeze with both guys developing feelings for each other over the years in a time before gay relationships were even a thing almost broke me apart.This book is very dark at times, but mainly it is an epos about an Italian family and two very complicated people working [...]

  4. This is hands down, the best book I ve ever read with gay men as the main characters It s honestly a masterpiece of gay literature This is the story of love and romance between Mario and Tommy, two circus flyers, and everything that happens around them It s so original, so creative, and so expertly written The details and descriptions put into this are excellent and reading it was almost surreal I was in love with it from the first chapter and didn t want it to end I wish there were books like [...]

  5. As a fan of circus stories, and someone who has been so since a little kid, this was something I was really looking forward to I had very few preconceptions, as I didn t know what era it was set in or whether it had a romance ending, or anything I love films such as Trapeze I saw the homoerotic subtext in there, even before I discovered gay romance and The Greatest Show on Earth so as I say I was happy to jump in to The Catch Trap.And overall I wasn t disappointed Tommy Zane is the young son of [...]

  6. There are so many reason why I shouldn t love this book, but the simple truth is I couldn t put it down.It s not an easy read Tommy, the character whose POV is mostly used, is, at fifteen, young and naive, and so very much in love with Mario, his trapeze mentor who is about eight years older than him.Mario is a hard person to love, though He s self destructive and full of self loathing, despite being an immensely talented flyer and a natural teacher I love the time setting forties and fifties an [...]

  7. Um livro magn fico, o que me ocorre comentar O trabalho de pesquisa da autora deve ter sido imenso, tal o dom nio da arte do trap zio que se percebe na escrita Os voadores M rio e Tommy apaixonam se, discutem, lutam, desaparecem das vidas um do outro n o sem consequ ncias , mas o amor que nutrem um pelo outro sobrevive a tudo e ao tempo em que est o separados Al m desta hist ria nuclear, lemos a saga familiar de uma fam lia de trapezistas, os as e desas dos seus elementos, os seus sucessos e dra [...]

  8. Tanta, mas tanta coisa a dizer sobre esta obra prima de Marion Zimmer Bradley e eu pouco vou dizer.Apenas que Salto Mortal um dos mais admir veis livros que j li, me emocionou e empolgou totalmente um grande livro, e em todos os sentidos, pois se antes de iniciar a sua leitura, o seu tamanho me intimidava um pouco, no final o nico inc modo das suas mais de 800 p ginas foi o volume do livro n o o permitir ler da melhor forma em certos lugares, nomeadamente na cama.Quando conseguir arrumar melhor [...]

  9. I read this as a teenager decades ago It was the first or one of the very first, books with gay characters and positive ones at that It holds a special place in my heart.

  10. I have reread this book many many times It takes place during the 20 s and 30 s in the life of a circus performer and the family that he joins to become a famous trapezee artist This is an amazing look at circus history over several decades as well as about love both romantic and familial It was one of the best books ever.

  11. I loved this book.Set in the late 1940s early 1950s, the story revolves around two central characters Tommy Zane through whose eyes most of the story is told and Mario Santelli aka Matt Gardner Tommy wants to learn how to fly on the trapeze and Mario, the star flyer with the Flying Santellis, takes him under his wing Soon Tommy becomes one of the family, even going by the name Tommy Santelli during the act.Bradley does two things extremely well in this book 1 describes circus life and especially [...]

  12. The Catch Trap, AKA The Book That Ate My Life.This is not a short book Going by word count, it s about as long as The Deathly Hallows But I devoured this book in only two days, and when I wasn t reading it, my hands itched for it The word I would use is ensnaring The only time I glanced at the page numbers was out of fear for the story ending too soon, rather than tediously counting how many pages I had left to suffer through There was never a moment that I wasn t thoroughly invested in the plot [...]

  13. I m interested in what other writers of GLBT think of Marion Zimmer Bradley I feel almost as if a piece of her got blown into my heart a decade ago Like a dandelion gone to seed.The Mists of Avalon was the first Arthurian legend based book that answered the need I had to see strong female characters in my favorite myth Poor old Lord Tennyson had pretty much destroyed the women of the Round Table for me Mindless idiots and evil witches The Mists of Avalon was a sort of redemption.Bradley was incr [...]

  14. Tommy Zane is leading a life that many kids dream of in this depression era America His Dad is a big cat trainer and he and his dad and mom are making a comfortable living as circus folk Though Tommy must water the occasional elephant, help in the rigging of the big tents and even fill in for one of the girls in a flying ring act, every day s an adventure But recently Tommy is enthralled by the royalty of the circus, the Flying Santellis, the circus s world famous Flying Trapeze attraction And w [...]

  15. This story, no matter how flawed it was at times, will stay with me forever I adore Tommy and his loving patience and devotion carried his tortured lover Mario through their tulmutuous affair with each other and the circus How could I forget the Flying Santellis This was a beautiful, detailed and finely crafted novel yes, in some places it dragged and at times the self deprecating was heavy, but the lovers grow and learn and in the end the magic of the story comes together in the last few chapte [...]

  16. I was recommended to read this as an early entry into LGBT literature Knowing that I have enjoyed other books by this author, I was looking forward to it I never dreamed how much I would enjoy this It s not erotica, most of the sexual escapades are not explicit at all But the relationship that she develops between the two main characters is human, fallible, and rings true They are each other s lifelines, and when they fully realize that along with their place in each other s lives as well as the [...]

  17. Struggled to halfway through and could not finish This book is about the lives of a bunch of low rent acrobats and entertainers A 14 yo s parents allowed the kid to drop out of school in order to travel and fool around in the circus with a completely unrelated family One of the family members who trains the kid begins to fraternize with him actually the love story is he is an emotionally unstable pedophile who begins to prey on the kid in his sleep, attempting to furnish him alcohol, secretly gr [...]

  18. Absolutely captivating This book had me completely immersed in this fascinating world of circus performers I ve actually woken up the past two mornings realizing that I had just been dreaming about these characters that s how completely absorbed I have become in this story These two men and the story of their love and dedication to each other and to their art has deeply moved me There were at least three different points in the story where I was in tears because of the emotional intensity These [...]

  19. A fic o decorre nos anos quarenta e cinquenta do s culo passado, numa Am rica intolerante e preconceituosa, sendo um excelente e dram tico romance sobre o amor entre dois homens, a que se junta uma pesquisa rigorosa sobre a arte do trap zio e o universo do circo daquelas d cadas.A narrativa fluida e a autora conseguiu captar as emo es, medos e press es do casal de trapezistas, sendo um deles origin rio de uma fam lia italiana cat lica.

  20. I think I m going to have a hard time expressing how I felt about this book Parts were magical and drug me right in The author did a great job show casing the time period they lived in and the life in a traveling circus I had an issue with than one thing in this book though and in the end it was how blasted long it was that most impacted my rating It just felt like it went on and on and on The story focuses on Tommy, a teen who s parents are lion tamers in a traveling circus Tommy has always wa [...]

  21. The Catch Trap was an incredibly moving story and I really liked it much Below are a few of my random thoughts For a far insightful analysis I suggest you check out Teddy Pig s review, he s the reason I spent considerable time ringing 2nd hand book shops around the country trying to get hold of it Which is what good reviews do, they should illustrate that the novel has touched someone in some way and give you, the reader, some impetus to whip out your much abused credit card.So, in short, 2 guy [...]

  22. I love this book It s a wonderful, heart wrenching story about a pair of circus trapeze artists who fall in love The problem is they are both men, and it s the forties Things do not go smoothly It s a riveting story and a departure for Bradley, who wrote mostly sci fi The characters are achingly real.There s so much here, both about aerialists, their process and art, and about pre Stonewall gay men, that one forgives the occasionally purple prose, the claustrophobic angst, and only sees the glor [...]

  23. Wonderful storytelling Bradley not only brings the traveling circus world to vivid life, but all the characters as well The gay sex scenes, while not graphic, capture the lust, love, and shame beautifully I would have given this novel 5 stars but I disliked all the fighting maybe the 1940 50 s circus life was that rough tumble, and maybe brothers did fight each other a lot in Italian families, but it was too much for me While I love a happy ending and was both glad and relieved that Catch Trap h [...]

  24. I was somewhat surprised when I first read this book It was the story of two men who fell in love when one was a young teenager It follows them through life through struggles to acceptance Set in the forties and fifties, we also get a good look at circus life The main characters are aerialists who become the best in the world, but never get away from the stresses caused by their sexuality.

  25. Classic oldie but goodie authored by a phenomenally gifted voice of one of my favorite legendary Arthurian Camelot writers This is a beautifully labored homosexual love saga in a sweeping circus life setting strife with traditional family dysfunctional conflict, with several undercurrent dynamics throughout the story Minor sidenote no f ing sex, which sucks a deflated dick.

  26. I have had a copy of this book in my possession for over twenty years It was the first love story between two men that didn t make me want to jump off a cliff from the depression The love story between Tommy and Mario is one everyone should read It s a stunning story that I will treasure for years.

  27. Leva duas estrelas pela 2 parte, que se leu melhor Detestei a primeira parte, as personagens estavam sempre aos gritos e irritadas umas com as outras E a tradu o acho que deixou um pouco a desejar porque as intera es entre as personagens por vezes pareciam em falta, disconexas penso que isto n o tem a ver com a Marion, porque dos outros livros que li dela, isto n o aconteceu Este livro tinha um tema super interessante acrobatas do circo e rela es gay nos anos 40 50 , mas acabou por se tornar um [...]

  28. Circus raised red headed and freckled Tommy Zane is fourteen years old when he begins to achieve his dream ambition, the year is 1944 The son of a circus lion tamer, he has little interest in continuing in his father s footsteps but is intent on being a flyer on the high trapeze When twenty two year old Mario Santelli, youngest member of the Flying Santellis invites him to try out on the trapeze it is the beginnings of everything Tommy will ever live for.The dark and handsome Mario is a hard tas [...]

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