Why did I love this book?
This book was my first introduction to proper fantasy escapism. I read it when I was too young to appreciate it all, but I caught the main thrust: Supernatural happenings in a scary circus. A classic dark fantasy from 1950, it was way ahead of its time. As I grew older I continued to re-read the book. I was able to see outside of the escapism of the young-adult adventure (which was still great), but I was also able to enjoy the more adult themes and darker story implications.