CLOWN OF THE GODS by Agatha Young


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The pa seul of Giovanni Cenci whose artistic genius is a driving and consuming force which brings him to the heights of success as a premier danseur, but is never reconciled with his personal relationships. Half Italian, half English, he escapes to France just before the first World War and, with Yvonne, starts his career in shabby cafes. Her proprietary affection irritates him- and he goes on alone to a ballet troupe where he falls in love with Carlotta, delicate, spiritual, hesitant. Together they form a matchless team, and she finally marries him but dies in childbirth. He trains their daughter, Zita, for the ballet- but neglects her otherwise, and Yvonne's son, Paul, also becomes his pupil. But when they fall in love, his jealousy is distracted and destructive and goads him to suicide in an empty theatre....This will not play to capacity either- as it pirouettes from continent to continent but takes more than one prattfall into maudlin emotionalism.

Pub Date: April 23rd, 1954
ISBN: 110483894X
Publisher: Random House