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Dans les coulisses du Cirque du Soleil
Québec Amérique, 2005

{Author} /// Jean Beaunoyer

In the Wings of the Cirque du Soleil is an unauthorized biography of Cirque du Soleil by Jean Beaunoyer, a reporter with Montreal's La Presse newspaper. The book is sparse - at 222 pages it barely averages 11 pages per year of Cirque's existence - and not particularly well-written. He writes the book in a very journalistic style; the chapters are concise, often to the point of being glib, and are presented in a very matter-of-fact tone with supporting quotes from relevant players sprinkled throughout for good measure.

Release --  Sep.01.2005 (CAN)
Dimensions --  22.6 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
# of Pages --  222 pages
SRP --  $19.95 CDN
ISBN-10 --  27-6440-242-2
ISBN-13 --  978-27-6440-242-9

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The book is divided into three main sections; "The Genesis of a Circus," "The Hour of Truth," and "Already an Empire" with each section subdivided into many chapters, each being only one to five pages in length, independently covering the different aspects of Cirque du Soleil's development. The chapters barely scratch the surface of the topics they cover and although they are more-or-less presented in chronological order they are written as disjoint, self-contained pieces creating some narrative flow problems which, combined with the author's cross-cutting between different times, places, people and events, results in laborious reading. "In the Wings of the Cirque du Soleil" reads more like a collection of newspaper clippings than a book. It wouldn't exactly be a compelling book for a casual reader but it is reasonably informative for those ardent fans of Cirque du Soleil.

It should be noted that book is clearly written for a Québec audience. Though it is due to be published in English later this year the translation will only allow for an understanding of the text. For a thorough comprehension of the subject matter, those who are unfamiliar with La Belle Province will need to do some additional homework. The fact that the story of the Cirque du Soleil is set within the history and political climate of 20th century Québec is taken for granted.

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