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El Circo Del Dr. Lao Charles G. Finney

El Circo Del Dr. Lao

Charles G. Finney

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ISBN : 9788493488154
159 pages
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Filmed as the 7 Faces of Dr. LaoThe novel is set in the fictional town of Abalone, AZ, the inhabitants of which epitomize ordinary Americans as they are simultaneously backhandedly celebrated & lovingly pilloried for their emergent reactions toMoreFilmed as the 7 Faces of Dr. LaoThe novel is set in the fictional town of Abalone, AZ, the inhabitants of which epitomize ordinary Americans as they are simultaneously backhandedly celebrated & lovingly pilloried for their emergent reactions to the wonders of magic & of everyday life. A circus owned by a Chinaman named Dr Lao pulls into town one day, carrying legendary creatures from all areas of mythology & legend, among them a sea serpent, Appolonius of Tyana, a medusa, a satyr etc. Thru interactions with the circus, locals attain various enigmatic peak experiences appropriate to each ones particular personality. The tale ends with the town becoming the site of a ritual to a pagan god whimsically given the name Yottle, possibly an allusion to the Mesoamerican god Yaotl, whose name means the enemy. The ritual ends when the god himself slays a virgin, her unrequited lover & the priest. The circus over, the townsfolk scatter to the winds. Few of them profit from the surreal experiences. A Catalogue appendix notes all the people, places, items & mythological beings mentioned in the novel, summing up the characters pithily & sardonically, revealing the various fates of the townsfolk & listing a number of plot holes & questions unaddressed by the book.