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The Circus of Dr. Lao

Finney, Charles G. (Book - 2002)
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Abalone, Arizona, is a sleepy southwestern town whose chief concerns are boredom and surviving the Great Depression. That is, until the circus of Dr. Lao arrives and immensely and irrevocably changes the lives of everyone drawn to its tents.   Expecting a sideshow spectacle, the citizens of Abalone instead confront and learn profound lessons from the mythical made real--a chimera, a Medusa, a talking sphinx, a sea serpent, witches, the Hound of the Hedges, a werewolf, a mermaid, an ancient god, and the elusive, ever-changing Dr. Lao. The circus unfolds, spinning magical, dark strands that ensnare the town's populace: the sea serpent's tale shatters love's illusions; the fortune-teller's shocking pronouncements toll the tedium and secret dread of every person's life; sensual undercurrents pour forth for men and women alike; and the dead walk again.   Dazzling and macabre, literary and philosophical, The Circus of Dr. Lao has been acclaimed as a masterpiece of speculative fiction and influenced such writers as Ray Bradbury. This Bison Frontiers of Imagination edition features a new introduction by noted fantasy writer John Marco and striking illustrations by Boris Artzybasheff from the first edition.
Authors: Finney, Charles G. (Charles Grandison), 1905-1984
Title: The circus of Dr. Lao
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2002, c1962
Characteristics: xv, 154 p. :,ill., ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Charles G. Finney ; introduction to the Bison books edition by John Marco ; illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff
Additional Contributors: Artzybasheff, Boris 1899-1965
ISBN: 0803269072
Branch Call Number: FICTION FINNEY 2002
Subject Headings: Circus performers Fiction Depressions Fiction Mythology Fiction Arizona Fiction Circus Fiction
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Circus performers
LCCN: 2001057394
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