Cirque du Freak, Essential Revision Notes
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Table of Contents
Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan 4
Author Notes 6
Darren Shan 9
Larten Crepsley 9
Steve ‘Leopard’ Leonard 10
Annie Shan 10
Tommy Jonnes 10
Alan Morris 11
Mr. Dalton 11
Mrs. Quinn 11
Mrs. Leonard 11
Rhamus Twobellies 11
Gertha Teeth 11
Hans Hands 11
Alexander Ribs 12
Hibernius Tall 12
Cirque du Freak is Darren Shan’s first children’s book. It is about something out of the ordinary, but set against the background of children's normal lives to chilling effect. J.K. Rowling describes it as, a compelling book... a plot full of twists which leaves the reader hungry for more’, while TES describes the book as, ‘a compelling page-turner’.
The book’s narrator and main character, Darren Shan, is a strange boy. He goes to a freak show with his friend, Steve. It’s the gothic ‘Cirque du Freak’, where weird, half human/half animals appear and interact with the audience. Darren falls in love with a tarantula and is determined to steal the spider so that he can train it to perform amazing deeds.
Soon, Darren and his friend Steve are caught up in a deadly trap. Darren must take a bargain with the one person who can save him. But that person is not human and only deals in blood. Darren must become the vampire’s assistant and a half-vampire himself in a bloody initiation ceremony:
He dug his nails into the soft tips of my fingers, all ten of them at once. I cried out with pain and fell back, tucking my hands in at my sides, rubbing them against my jacket.
“Do not be such a baby,” he jeered, tugging my hands free.
“It hurts!” I howled.
“Of course it does”, he laughed. “It hurt me too. Did you think becoming a vampire was easy? Get used to the pain. Much of it lies ahead.”
He put a couple of my fingers in his mouth and sucked some blood out.
I watched as he rolled it around his mouth, testing it.
Finally he nodd...