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6/24/21

The Circus of Dr. Lao

 Author: Charles G. Finney

Genre: fantasy, allegory, literary

Age: Adult

POV: 3rd person

Summary: Come once come twice come all to the amazing circus of Dr. Lao. Here you will amazing creature of myth and lore such as the unicorn, the cinema, and the hound of the hedges. Be warning, The Circus of Dr. Lao is not for those that are hypersensitive aka most of the book community that is. 

Review: The Circus Lao was published back in 1935 and is one of the earliest books from the fantasy genre. I see a lot of inspiration for Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes". In fact, this lays the groundwork for a lot of circus theme books.

The story follows a small portion of the people that live in the town of Abalone, Arizona going to the circus. There are breaks to indicate which character the story is following but, there are not chapters. Each section is its own short story.

The whole theme I got from reading The Circus of Dr. Lao is how ignorant people are. When the townspeople were watching the parade of the mythical creatures being shown. They are all like that fake. Everything in this circus is fake. That is most of the town's attitude throughout the book.

Another theme is the desire for sex. There are a few mythical creatures in the circus to are sexual or represent sexually. The Greek god Pan is sexual. There some other stuff that happens but, I am not going to say. I review kid's books on this blog and this is pushing it already.

To sum it up The Circus of Dr. Lao is an allegory on the ignorant of people and how people just want desire. Basely humans want to resort back to their animal-like ways. Although I feel like that it doesn't go too heavy into that.

I am pretty sure there are other themes to this book that I didn't get on the first read.

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