The Circus of Dr. Lao

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Monday, June 05, 2006
by Charles Finney #15

Hmmm. I read this AGES ago now, and had to take it back to the library. This review is a pretty good one that seems to hit the highlights. For me, the hardest thing to overcome while reading was the casual racism. I know it was written in 1935, but some things will stop me dead on the page no matter when they were written.

What's stuck with me in the 6 weeks or so since I've read it is the blase reaction of the townsfolk of Abalone to the truly bizarre and/or wonderful things they encounter at this circus. Just a little scratching reminder at the back of my brain to not take delightful things for granted. Also, the illustrations are totally trippy.

I understand there was a movie made from this book. Has anyone seen it? Was it any good?
3 comments on "The Circus of Dr. Lao"
  1. weirdly enough TONY RANDALL played the doc, and even as a child i could tell the movie was a total tanker...
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  2. Can't believe I missed this review, what with that bright cover design. I did not know there was a book. You know of course that The Circus of Dr. Lao is one of my all-time favorite movies. (Not tanker, if I understand that term.) I had it out for ever so long watched a few times and foisted it off onto my kids and grandkids. (I am not sure any of them experienced the magic I did.) So, you have seen the movie--is the book as good?

  3. Patty, read the book (it's really short) and tell us what you think! I've not seen the movie, and I don't know if my brain is ready for Tony Randall as Dr. Lao. checks... no. Still not ready.


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