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Queen of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus
by Dean N. Jensen | Biographies & Memoirs
Registered by imuzak12 of Virginia Beach, Virginia USA on 6/23/2013
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by hyphen8): travelling


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7 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by imuzak12 from Virginia Beach, Virginia USA on Sunday, June 23, 2013

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Registered@Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.
I received ARC copy of this book. 


Journal Entry 2 by imuzak12 at Virginia Beach, Virginia USA on Wednesday, July 03, 2013

8 out of 10

I read Water for Elephant, but I was not really into circus. When I think about "circus", the first thing I think about is circus animals. It was not like I don't respect circus performers, but I had never thought about them, really.

Until I start reading this book, I knew nothing about Lilian Leitzel, a famous female aerialist. Nowadays, there is Cirque du Soleil, but she was performing since long time ago, before World War I. When I read of her performance, I was so shocked. How could she do that?! I mean, how could she abuse her body so much?! Also, she performed very frequently, more than once a day, in consecutive days. Her life and personality were fascinating. Probably because she was proud of her performance, she was both generous and selfish; I know it sounds very contradicting. Sometimes, a chapter to the next, or a paragraph to the next did not flow well. I assume the author couldn't find enough information to fill some gaps. Oh, her mother's story was also interesting enough, and it surely had a big influence on Leitzel's personality.

During reading this book, I searched if there were any video image about Leitzel and Alfredo Condos left, and I was able to find just a few clips. You can watch these either before or after reading this book. Or you may watch them in between :)


LEITZEL, LILLIAN, Ringling's gymnastic superstar (USA, c.1928)
LEITZEL, LILLIAN, extraordinary aerial gymnast, (USA, c.1929)
CODONAS, THE, at the Wintergarten, Berlin (Germany, c.1925)
CODONAS, THE, with Australian Vera Bruce (USA, c.1932)

 


Journal Entry 3 by imuzak12 at Virginia Beach, Virginia USA on Friday, July 19, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (7/19/2013 UTC) at Virginia Beach, Virginia USA

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This book starts its travel as US ONLY bookray. The forum post is here
With my home scale, its weight is 1lb 2 oz (490g).
Its size, width & height, is a bit irregularly big. (I already put into an envelope without measuring it, sorry!)

~~Mailing Order~~
1. JudySlump612 (MN)
2. iwillrejoice (FL)
3. azuki (FL)
4. AlterEgoZoe (PA)
5. hostile17 (IN)
6. hyphen (HI)
7. FeistyPom2Love 


Journal Entry 4 by wingJudySlump612wing at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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Arrived here safely today. Thanks, imuzak12, for the bookmark and the lovely bookplates!
 


Journal Entry 5 by wingJudySlump612wing at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Monday, August 05, 2013

8 out of 10

I'm giving this book eight stars because, even after allowing for this being only an ARC and knowing editors will fix a lots of the problems, Dean Jensen is not a very smooth writer. For instance, he danced around her relationships with men, calling them "paramours" or "suitors." Pfui. They were lovers, whom Leitzel took and dismissed when and as she chose. And I frankly admire a woman with the self-confidence and honesty to be so proactive.

However, not even a writer like Jensen can dim the story of this dazzling performer. And like imusak12, I had never so much as heard of her. Leitzel's story is incredible, but true, and this is also a great look into the hidden details of circus life. I agree with imuzak12, this is much better than Water for Elephants.

Furthermore, I give imuzak12 ten stars for her Journal Entry, for including the video links. Incredible! The technical quality is indifferent, but we're looking back almost a century, and I'm grateful to have any record at all. Thank you!  


Journal Entry 6 by wingJudySlump612wing at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, August 07, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (8/7/2013 UTC) at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Media mail to iwillrejoice

I left the Friends of the Library bookmark in the book, because it's such a good cause. I chose one of the beautiful bookmarks, and replaced it with another special one. I encourage others in the bookring likewise to take and replace, so that imuzak will find some nice surprises when the book returns to her. 


Journal Entry 7 by wingiwillrejoicewing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Monday, August 12, 2013

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It's here, safe & sound. I'll read it next, after I finish my current read. Thanks for this book ray!
 


Journal Entry 8 by wingiwillrejoicewing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Monday, September 09, 2013

7 out of 10

I finished reading this this morning. I enjoyed reading about the lives of these performers, although I'm not sure I admired *everything* about them. I guess they would have been of my grandmother's generation. Such a different time.

I did find another link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyhsAmQYJrE

It's a trailer for the book, but it includes some good footage & photos.

I've left the bookmark & swapped out the bookplates. Fun idea.

Thanks for sharing! I'll PM azuki for her address & get this moving again as soon as I hear back.
 


Journal Entry 9 by wingiwillrejoicewing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Sunday, September 15, 2013

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No response yet from azuki. If I don't hear from her by tomorrow or Tuesday, I'll PM AlterEgoZoe next.
 


Journal Entry 10 by wingiwillrejoicewing at A fellow BookCrosser, by mail -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (9/17/2013 UTC) at A fellow BookCrosser, by mail -- Controlled Releases

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Released to azuki in Florida as next in line for this book ray. Happy travels, little book!

Tracking # 9449009699938809716640
 


Journal Entry 11 by wingazukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Thursday, September 26, 2013

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Book is here. However, I will be travelling in a few days and will be gone for two weeks. I don't want to take a ring book w me as I don't want to lose or damage it, so I will start on it upon my return.

ETA: Didn't get to start sooner because of a string of house guests visiting. Started reading on 10/28. Should finish in two weeks. 


Journal Entry 12 by wingazukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Thursday, November 14, 2013

8 out of 10

This is a sad story. It's tough to learn how hard the artists torture their bodies daily, and putting themselves in such risk. It's like tempting death every day: any small equipment malfunction, any nano second off beat, can spell the end. Definitely make me appreciate the artists more.

It's also a love story, filled with so much potential for a happily-ever-after.

Thank you so much muzak12 for posting the you tube links.

My apologies for keeping the book for so long. Thank you for your patience and I will mail it out to the next reader within a week.  


Journal Entry 13 by AlterEgoZoe at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Recieved today.  


Journal Entry 14 by AlterEgoZoe at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, December 20, 2013

5 out of 10

I will be mailing this today to Hostile17. 


Journal Entry 15 by AlterEgoZoe at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, December 20, 2013

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Released 3 yrs ago (12/20/2013 UTC) at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA

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Mailed. ;) 


Journal Entry 16 by book_drunkard at Osgood, Indiana USA on Saturday, December 28, 2013

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Book received.
Still recovering from my broken ankle but will try get this book moving to the next person as soon as I am able to.
I'm really looking forward to reading it. 


Journal Entry 17 by book_drunkard at Osgood, Indiana USA on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

7 out of 10

I enjoyed this book but think it was 50 pages or so too long.
My favourite part of the book was reading the all to brief mention of "The Flying Codonas" doing the stunt work for Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Hara AND Cheeta in the Tarzan movies. I laughed out loud to find out that THE MONKEY had a stunt double.
I also now know why,( when as a young child, I would try to swing from the vines in the woods and they would always break, leaving me with bumps and bruises), I could never swing through the trees like "Jane". In the movies they used Trapezes that had been strung into the tree tops. That 'splains so much. :D
I really enjoyed watching the old videos. Thanks so much to those who posted them.
I removed 1 bookplate and replaced it with a couple of bookmarks. Great idea to return the book to imuzak12 with a few goodies inside.
Snowed in at the moment and my ankle isn't up to shoveling but will try to get my son or my niece to stop by and take this to the post office for me before the week is out. 


Journal Entry 18 by book_drunkard at to next participant, a ring/ray -- Controlled Releases on Friday, January 24, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (1/24/2014 UTC) at to next participant, a ring/ray -- Controlled Releases

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Mailing off today to hyphen8.
Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 19 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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Thanks for sharing this book!

Received today (less than 3 weeks is pretty good time for media mail to Hawaii) stuffed full of goodies and with a traveling companion. I'm in the middle of something right now, but this one will be up next.

(Larger photo here.) 


Journal Entry 20 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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A fascinating story about a woman I knew nothing about; kudos to Dean Jensen for keeping Leitzel's memory alive. I was impressed at how many of the other people I had heard of, sometimes in surprising ways. For instance, I had no idea that Glinda the Good was Mrs. Florenz Ziegfeld.

I've added a couple of bookmarks and PM'd FeistyPom2Love for an address so this book should be moving again soon.

Note to future readers: I apologize if the book looks a little grubby or sheds some brownish grit; before reading it, I treated it with coffee grounds to try to reduce the effect on my allergies.. 


Journal Entry 21 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Thursday, March 13, 2014

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FeistyPom2Love has asked to be skipped - is there another reader waiting for this book? 


Journal Entry 22 by winghyphen8wing at Hawaii Book & Music Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (5/3/2014 UTC) at Hawaii Book & Music Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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To be released at our fourth annual pop-up Skygate OBCZ during the 2014 Hawaii Book and Music Festival.

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