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Urban Circus
Author: Catriona Rainsford

ISBN: 9781841624440
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 20 May 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 2.3
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The story opens in Chihuahua, North Mexico, with a chance meeting with a group of itinerant Mexican street performers. Entranced by their stories and free-roaming lifestyle, author Catriona Rainsford decides to go with them on what becomes a two-year, hand-to-mouth journey across Mexico, learning to live off nothing more than a few performance skills, initiative and the kindness of strangers. Compelling, humorous, sometimes violent, and full of wonderful descriptions of life on the road, this is also a discussion of the morality of hand-to-mouth travel. Packed with stories of the characters she meets on the Mexican streets, the book offers an insight into the day-to-day experiences of Mexico's urban poor. Above all, it is a tale of the struggle of Mexico's youth to transcend the country's current climate of corruption and violence and create a new identity for themselves, inspired by aspects of Mexico's surviving indigenous cultures and the desire to make people smile in the most unprepossessing of places. 'They were travelling malabaristas - itinerant circus performers who wandered the streets of Mexico, hitchhiking from town to town and surviving by whatever means they...

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