|Plot Summary of Our Lady of the Circus|
|"'Our Lady of the Circus', a book by Mexican writer David Toscana, tells the tale of a troupe of performers/"freaks" who struggle to make it on their own after being kicked out of a once-formidible circus. Travelling through a remote part of Mexico, they come across an abandoned mining town and decide to make it their own. However, trying to create a new life for themselves is hard for these eccentric individuals. They each randomly pick a piece of paper from the magician's hat to see which town role they should play: the midget takes the role of a priest, the bearded lady as doctor, the strong-man as whore, the contortionist as the town "Negro", and so on. The absurbities and tragedies that ensue are at the same time humorous, shocking and bizarre. An extremely hard book to categorise! "
J. Hatton, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Our Lady of the Circus|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- story of the poor
Kind of living:
- farm poverty
- general poverty story
- Being oppressed by outside culture
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
If story of urban/rural...
- Small town life
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- missing body parts/abilities
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- male homosexuals doing their thing
Lot of foul language?
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- No single main character?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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