The book is a stand-alone novel that takes place in Roger’s imaginary world of Corenwald (which sounds like Cornwall, England, to me). As such, the book shares the same background as The Bark of The Bog Owl (which I reviewed 3 years ago over here and here!), The Secret of the Swamp King, and The Way of the Wilderking, which are all excellent novels.
Plot of THE CHARLATAN’S BOY
The story is about Grady, an orphan boy so ugly that his only friend in the world is Floyd, a huckster and a fraud. And this man is the only one who knows the truth about Grady.
Grady pretends to be “The wild feechie-boy form the swamp” as part of a traveling show, only no one believes in feechies anymore. So their money dries up, causing them to come up with a crazy scheme to start a “Great Feechie-Scare”.
What kind of story is THE CHARLATAN’S BOY?
My first thought when I picked up the book is that it would be an action-oriented plot, with lots going on, etc., etc., etc. I don’t know where I got this idea from except my own presuppositions, but I was wrong.
The book, in my mind, is almost literary, and is more about Grady’s internal struggles to find (a) the truth about his existence in the midst of all the lies and showmanship, and (b) true friendship.
Yes, there is plenty of action, but I would argue that is not the main, nor important part of the book. As such, it might not appeal to those who want a comic-book style novel.
Oh, but this is so much deeper, and oh so much more satisfying.
THE CHARLATAN’S BOY is like eating a real meal of rich foods covered in gravy with sumptuous portions next to shining goblets— while all around lie dry, sterile, hamburger helper and dehydrated milk. Really now, why wouldn’t you want to partake in this fabulous novel?
Tomorrow I’ll talk about one of the main themes of the book—truth vs. lying—and the amazing insights that Jonathan Rogers gives us.
THE CHARLATAN’S BOY is recommended for avid and casual reader’s of all ages who like a good yarn, told in a homespun, fun way, that will also make you think about life, love, community, and truth in ways you never have.
And one question for you, Jonathan … are you of Cornish descent? The name “Corenwald” just seems so close!
Anyway, here is my good friend and excellent guitarist, S.D. Smith on whether feechies exist and his one, small request to them:
And when you’re done watching that, check out all the hilariosity at The Feechie-Film Festival!
And don’t forget to visit the other members of the tour: