The Barnum Museum

~by Steven Millhauser
1990 World Fantasy Award Winner
1991 PEN/Faulkner Award Nominee

I picked this book up in order to read the award-winning last story "Eisenheim the Illusionist" (on which the movie The Illusionist was loosely based) but ended up reading it in its entirety. This collection of short stories is fascinating and imaginative, each in some way exploring the relationship between reality and fantasy. The extraordinary detail in each story is incredible, although at times this can be a downfall and quite distracting from the stories themselves.

Stories included in this volume: A Game of Clue; Behind the Blue Curtain; The Barnum Museum; The Sepia Postcard; The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad; Klassik Komix #1; Rain; Alice, Falling; The Invention of Robert Herendeen; Eisenheim the Illusionist

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