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 immenselynbsp;and irrevocably changes the lives of everyone drawn to its tents. nbsp; 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. nbsp; 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: 9780803269071
Branch Call Number: FICTION FINNEY 2002
Subject Headings: Circus Fiction Arizona Fiction Mythology Fiction Depressions Fiction Circus performers Fiction
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Circus
Circus performers
LCCN: 2001057394
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