The Internet Book List - Spread the word

Book Information: Circus of Dr. Lao, the

Circus of Dr. Lao, the (1935) [Novel]
by Charles G. Finney Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
Reviews: 1 (show them) Review!

Summary (From the publisher):

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.

Original title: The Circus of Dr. Lao
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionFantasyHumorous
FictionFantasyA BestiaryMythical Beasts


  • The 2002 Bison trade paperback (0803269072) reproduces Boris Artzybasheff's illustrations from the 1st edition.

Edition #1: Circus of Dr. Lao, the

Circus of Dr. Lao, the (1935)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Licentious, irreverent, insolent. Between and among the lines of its obstreperous, imaginative orgies is satirical comment on our so-called civilization." Books
Search at Amazon!

Search at Powells!

Search at AbeBooks!

Manifested in:

Circus of Dr. Lao, the (1935)

ISBN: 0803269072

Add to my library

©Steven Jeffery /, 2017
Terms of Use