The Circus Performers

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9780889222182
Pages: 160
Pub. Date: January 1 1984
Dimensions: 8.5" x 5.5" x 0.5"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Fiction / FIC029000

  • FICTION / Short Stories (single author)

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The Circus Performers' Bar

By David Arnason

The Circus Performers’ Bar is a second collection of finely crafted stories by David Arnason, written in every conceivable style: the urbane New Yorker story, the fireside chat, the war correspondent’s report, the poignant personal memoir and the hysterical small-town gossip. Hilarious role reversals and role substitutions provide the context through which a male neo-consciousness takes shape in a world dominated by the feminist vision. Various adorations of Snow White by her seven dwarves and the de-fanging of the wolf by Little Red Riding Hood are guaranteed to leave the reader choking with laughter and howling far into the night. Each story constitutes a new search for competence in a world where innate ability may have become historically déclassé, and laboriously-acquired facility may lead only to seasickness.

“This is a clever, trenchant stuff, by a master of the art.”
Globe & Mail