By Dean Koontz
Dean Koontz’s first ever nonfiction booklet, the deeply relocating tale of his lifestyles together with his strong puppy Trixie
Dean Koontz is understood for exploring the darkish facet of human nature in his fiction. yet his softer, playful part comes out while he talks approximately his liked puppy, Trixie, a golden retriever.
Trixie had a distinct position in Dean's center. And now, during this, his first non-fiction booklet, Dean opens his center to his readers to offer us thoughts of Trixie, of the fantastic puppy who replaced him and adjusted his lifestyles.
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I thought I would ask around. I was walkin’ down the midway on my way to become a working man, when the butcher—that’s the name for concessioners, you know—yells out at me, ‘Hey, kid, where ya goin’? ’ He took me by the arm and walked me toward the midway. ’” Nearly thirty-five years later Buck was still on that circus, though he 58 / Under the Big Top had long since moved to clowning after the sideshow folded its tent. ” Even though diabetes and a bum back made him less than agile, Buck still played an important role among the nine men who comprised Clown Alley.
That winter the show sold all nonessential equipment—scrap metal, spare parts, even palm trees—to raise enough money to “leave the barn” again. The following year the show made money and the rebirth had begun. Ironically, the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus thrived in the 1980s and early 1990s by going against prevailing circus custom. For two hundred years circuses had made their reputations by being “modern”: they exhibited the “first evidence” of Darwin’s theory of evolution; they demonstrated the lightbulb before Edison had made it popular; they even presented motion pictures before theaters were widespread.
On my feet I wore eighteen-inch floppy red-and-white clown shoes. On my body, to accent my tall, thin frame, I wore bright red pants that reached to my chest, a short white tailcoat that stopped at my waist, and an oversized shimmering gold lamé bow tie. And on my face, underneath a white skullcap and pointy hat, I wore a milky coat of white greasepaint, highlighted by arching black eyebrows on my forehead and bass clefs on my cheeks, a red bubble-gum smile around my lips, and in the middle of this cartoon face, a crisp red nose.
A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie by Dean Koontz