Carter Beats the Devil

Carter Beats the Devil

A Novel

Book - 2001
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An amazing, richly evocative novel of magic and history in the tradition of E. L. Doctorow and Caleb Carr.America in the 1920s was a nation obsessed with magic. Not just the kind performed in theaters and on stages across the country, but the magic of technology, science, and prosperity. Enter Charles Carter -- a.k.a. Carter the Great -- a young master performer whose skill as an illusionist exceeds even that of the great Houdini. Fueled by a passion for magic that grew out of desperation and loneliness, Carter has become a legend in his own time. His thrilling act involves outrageous stunts carried out on elaborate sets before the most demanding audiences. But the most outrageous stunt of all stars none other than President Warren Harding and ends up nearly costing Carter the reputation he worked so hard to create. Filled with historical references that evoke the excesses and enthusiasm of postwar, pre-Depression America, Carter Beats the Devil is the complex and illuminating story of one man's journey through a magical -- and sometimes dangerous -- world, where illusion is everything, and everything is illusory.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Hyperion : 2001
ISBN: 9780786867349
Branch Call Number: FIC Gold
Characteristics: 483p


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marian_librarian Nov 26, 2010

This is an intricately woven tale of an illusion artist who just might have saved the U.S. from disastrous scandal in the early twentieth century.

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Feb 21, 2013

Period detail and magicians brought wonderfully to life.

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