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Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with a Circus

James Otis (1848-1912)

1. 01 - Toby's introduction to the circus
2. 02 - Toby Runs Away From Home
3. 03 - The Night Ride
4. 04 - The First Day With the Circus
5. 05 - The Counterfeit Ten-Cent Piece
6. 06 - A Tender-Hearted Skeleton
7. 07 - An Accident and its Consequences
8. 08 - Capture Of The Monkeys
9. 09 - The Dinner Party
10. 10 - Mr. Stubb's at a Party
11. 11 - A Stormy Night
12. 12 - Toby's Great Misfortune
13. 13 - Toby Attempts to Resign His Situation
14. 14 - Mr. Castle Teaches Toby to Ride
15. 15 - Toby's friends present him with a costume
16. 16 - Toby's First Appearance in the Ring
17. 17 - Off For Home!
18. 18 - A Day of Freedom
19. 19 - Mr. Stubb's Mischief, and His Sad Fate
20. 20 - Home and Uncle Daniel

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Toby Tyler tells the story of a ten year-old orphan who runs away from a foster home to join the traveling circus only to discover his new employer is a cruel taskmaster. The difference between the romance of the circus from the outside and the reality as seen from the inside is graphically depicted. Toby's friend, Mr. Stubbs the chimpanzee, reinforces the consequences of what happens when one follows one's natural instincts rather than one's intellect and conscience, a central theme of the novel.



- Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with a circus

The story is OK, somewhat simplistic but enjoyable enough. The narrators or their audio recordings for some chapters detract from the pleasure of the story as a whole.