The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers is by far the best fiction book I have read in a long time! The book is about a the exploits of a young orphan named Grady and his charlatan father figure Floyd. The story is told through Grady’s eyes as he travels the Cornwald frontier wandering from village to village with Floyd playing hoaxes and tricking people out of their money.
Grady is ugly, there is no doubt about it. Floyd puts Grady’s ugliness to work for them as they travel the country side having Grady perform as a real live wild feechie, the world’s ugliest boy, and the assistant to a phrenologist. Grady is filled with inner turmoil as he wonders about who he really is and where he came from. He also struggles with the lies and scams that have come to define his life and set him apart from regular village folks who work hard to earn an honest days wage. Then just as Grady’s thoughts are colliding Floyd sets about on a new scheme to revive the Great Feechie Scare.
I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag on this one, because it is a well written book and you deserve a chance to read it on your own. In my opinion it has all the markings of a classic. It is definitely the best fiction book I have read in a long time and the best fiction book I have ever read by a living author. If you enjoy a good story every now and then, you will love this book. The retail price of The Charlatan’s Boy: A Novel is $13.99 (Paperback), and is available around the web in places like Amazon.com for $11.19. I gave it five stars and would give it more if I could.
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