The Circus Performers' Bar

By David Arnason

The Circus Performers' Bar
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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. ... Read more


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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.

David Arnason

David Arnason is the head of the English Department at the University of Manitoba and the acting head of the university's Icelandic Studies Department.He has written and edited dozens of books—poetry, short stories, drama, criticism, non-fiction, and novels.

 

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?This is a clever, trenchant stuff, by a master of the art.?
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