Our Lady of the Circus Book Summary and Study Guide

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'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!
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Other aspects:    -   story of the poor Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   farm poverty    -   general poverty story Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   two guys doing it Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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