Overall rating and opinion of " The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid" by Gary Robinson

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My favorite part of the book will have to be between reading on how Duke and Gary interact and help each other, and the description of the circus life. Overall, I'm happy with the book, I'll give it 8/10.
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I have started reading the book. Some parts are really entertaining and some are, let's say, normal. Although I have enjoyed reading about the circus life. I am looking forward to completing the book.
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The characters in the book are too superficial for my liking. I don't think I like to give the book a second read.
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Just read the book but didnt get to like it as much as you people have, like some of the story line dont look realistic
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Sword swallowing, Yikes! I have to admit am also 50 50 into this book. The stereotyping did not agree with me, either way, I managed to finish it. It had its good moments and bad but all in all I'm glad I got to learn something new.
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Wow, I just read Gary Robinson's letter (Topic of the month forum - May) and I can't wait to move this book to currently reading on my shelf.
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I’m with everyone else on here who is commenting about the lack of sensitivity in terms of the depictions of many of the disabled circus characters. That being said, I really enjoyed this book! I liked the bigger life messages both Duke and Gary had to offer through their experiences, and I also thoroughly enjoyed the comic relief scattered liberally throughout. I overall recommend this book!
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azerikaj wrote: 01 May 2018, 14:51 When I read it before, I liked about half of it.(I will read it again, before the end of the month, just in case I felt as though it was my job as a reviewer to be Queen of the Hardasses or something.) I was sort of offended by the stereotype of the innocent disabled characters that always show up to show both these guys What Really Matters in life, though. Gag.
Would you say this book was stereotypical in theme overall or did you just find certain segments in it to be offensive?
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holsam_87 wrote: 01 May 2018, 20:40 I come from a fairly small community, so most of what Duke and Gary experienced seems unfathomable. Overall I did enjoy the book, but because I am State Certified Home Care Aide, it felt that the portrayal of the disabled individuals to be insensitive. I get that most of the book was going to be way beyond my own scope of experience, but I just think that the portrayal could have been different. Unless the view was meant to reflect how society viewed disabled individuals, in the certain timeline then I guess I can understand to a point.
Thanks for sharing your perspective! I believe that if we are ever going to make progress as a society, we must learn to respect people with disabilities and treat them better. It is unfortunate that the author was insensitive in the depiction of those characters.
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The book is definitely going to be triller, and at the same time a book that gives value to readers for the time they spend in reading the story. Well, as for me, the reviews I read convinced me to give it a full rating.
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bukworm543 wrote: 13 Jul 2018, 13:39
holsam_87 wrote: 01 May 2018, 20:40 I come from a fairly small community, so most of what Duke and Gary experienced seems unfathomable. Overall I did enjoy the book, but because I am State Certified Home Care Aide, it felt that the portrayal of the disabled individuals to be insensitive. I get that most of the book was going to be way beyond my own scope of experience, but I just think that the portrayal could have been different. Unless the view was meant to reflect how society viewed disabled individuals, in the certain timeline then I guess I can understand to a point.
Thanks for sharing your perspective! I believe that if we are ever going to make progress as a society, we must learn to respect people with disabilities and treat them better. It is unfortunate that the author was insensitive in the depiction of those characters.
Yes, that's for sure. Treating individuals with developmental disabilities like children is called Ableism. I noticed that a lot, but I think it was pretty common in the decades past.
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Not just in the past, really. But my intent wasn't to get into all of that.
Sometimes it can be hard to separate a character's perspective from what the author thinks, also, but if the author didn't see things the same way as Chico did, he could have provided a counterpoint in some way. I thought all of the supporting characters were somewhat poorly developed, though.
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With so many great books to read I don't feel bad giving up on this one. The cover may be the best part - you have to pick it up and see what's inside. I know this is a first-time author so I give him (not the book) 4 out of 4 stars for his hard work and dedication but I will wait for his next book.
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I have not actually read the book. I don't know what it entails and giving it a rating would thus be difficult.
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I am so intrigued by this book, there seems to be varying opinions and I like that :) Will let you know what I think! xxxx
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