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Panina Manina, a trapeze artist, falls and breaks her neck. As the ringmaster bends over her, he sees around her neck an amber charm—just like the one he gave his own child before she was swept away in a torrent 16 years earlier. This tale is narrated by Petter, a precocious child and a fantasist, and perhaps Jostein Gaarder’s most intriguing creation since Sophie. Petter ...more
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Published September 1st 2003 by Phoenix (first published July 12th 2000)
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Huda Yahya
If you aren't a Jostein Gaarder's fan , you might probably not like this one very much.

This is a very well written book . Jostein always takes us to a very unique place where we dream under kinda a vanilla sky!

There are many stories in this novel narrated in his astonishing way .

Gaarder is one of my very fav. authors , but this one can't be compared with Sophie's World or The Solitaire Mystery.

Still, am gonna read each and every book he wrote that i can find.
I just love this man !

Loved the chess
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Endah
Satu lagi novel karya penulis Norwegia, Jostein Gaarder, Putri Sirkus dan Lelaki Penjual Dongeng (seterusnya disebut Putri Sirkus saja), diterjemahkan dan diterbitkan dalam bahasa Indonesia menyusul tiga novel sebelumnya : Dunia Sophie, Misteri Soliter, dan Gadis Jeruk. Jika pada dua novel pertama Jostein memasukkan kandungan filsafat yang cukup kental, maka untuk Gadis Jeruk dan Putri Sirkus nyaris tanpa bumbu filsafat, sehingga, buat pembaca awam filsafat seperti saya, lebih mudah mengunyahnya ...more
Reinhold
Wahrheit oder Phantasie?

... diese Frage muss man sich als Leser die ganze Zeit über stellen. Der Icherzähler der Geschichte berichtet über sein Leben. Schon von Kindheit an hat er eine überquellende Phantasie, die er nicht vollständig mit seinem Geist beherrschen kann. Dies führt zu zwei wichtigen Erkenntnissen, nämlich erstens dass er permanent seine Geschichten an den Mann oder die Frau bringen muss um seinen Geist zu beruhigen und vor allem auch dazu, dass er nicht immer zwischen Realität und
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Martina
First off, a disclaimer: I'm a big fan of Jostein Gaarder. I've been enamored with his work ever since I've read the masterpiece that is Sophie's world, and I have been his constant reader ever since.

This novel stands out from Gaarder's opus. Usually his books have philosophical undertones, or philosophy is somehow strongly linked to the plot. They also include some delightful surprises, and are, in a way, didactic. If anything, they try to make the readers think about themselves and the world a
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PurplyCookie
"My brain is seething. I'm bubbling with hundreds of new ideas. They just keep welling up. Before I manage to dwell on one of my inspirations, it generally melts into an even better idea, but this, too, is so fickle of character that I struggle to save it from the constant volcanic stream of new ideas..."

In an old fairy story Panina Manina, a trapeze artist, falls and breaks her neck. As the ringmaster bends over her he notices an amulet of amber around her neck, the same trinket he had given hi
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delnaz
یک کتاب برای آدمهای خیالبافی مثل من !!!
من ترجمه مهوش خرمی پور رو خوندم، بسیار عالی و روان است، واقعا یه مترجم خوب خودش دوباره داستان رو خلق می کنه و اینکاریکه خانم خرمی پور به خوبی از عهدش براومده.
خوندن این کتاب به تمام کسانی که فکر می کنند می تونند نویسنده بشن توصیه می کنم.
داستان راجع به مردیکه مالیخولیای داستانسرایی داره و مثل دولت آبادی برای خلاصی از دست این داستان ها اونها را تعریف می کنه یا می فروشه و در مقابلش خیل عظیمی از آدمها رو می بینیم که حتی به خودشون زحمت فکر کردن رو نمی دن.
به قول پ
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Palindrome
Atraktivnog naslova, privukla mi je pažnju. "Devojka sa pomorandžama" nije ostavila na mene utisak jak koliko "Sofijin svet" jeste. Možda ponajviše zbog moje ljubavi prema filosofiji.
"Kći direktora cirkusa" je roman koji me je oduševio!

Peter Pauk, junak romana jeste biće na granici mašte i stvarnosti. Prisutan u stavrnosti, postojan od krvi i mesa, maštom doseže u visine tek slućene, neisprobane. Insipraciju, genijalnost ideja dobija u svemu što ga okružuje. Prirodne nauke, likvona, književna, p
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Khatereh
من ترجمه‌ی خانم خرمی‌پور رو از این کتاب خوندم و نمی‌دونم که ترجمه‌ی دیگه‌ای هم از این کتاب هست یا نه. غیر از چند تا جمله که مشخص بود خود مترجم هم چندان ازش سر در نیاورده و یه جوری سر هم کردش تا لابلای کلِ متن گم بشه، ترجمه‌ی روانی بود. تنها نقطه ضعف این کتاب به نظرم ویراستاریش بود که بسیار ناشیانه و بی‌دقت بود که حواس من رو به شخصه خیلی از پیگیری مدامِ سیرِ داستان پرت می‌کرد.
ایده‌ی کتاب خیلی نو بود؛ شیوه‌ای که برای پردازش و بال و پر دادن به این ایده انتخاب شده بود هم کاملاً با سلیقه‌ی من مطابقت
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Chris
The Baltic Sea is well known for its amber, solidified resin from forests around 44 million years old, and frequently trapped in these deposits are various flora and fauna of the period. The most striking image in The Ringmaster’s Daughter, which symbolises one of its major themes, is of a spider caught in this matrix, just like its victims might be caught in its web. The story that gives the novel its title concerns a trapeze artist who falls and breaks her neck. As the ringmaster bends over he ...more
Jeane
I read so many books by Jostein gaarder (or that is how it feels) which all gave me the same feeling that I expected all of his books to be like each other. Exactly the book I decided to read with others, is different.

The story about Petter, a storyteller, is les phylosophical than the other books. It tells about his life, the beginning of the stoy being where it also ends. He makes up amazing stories which I wish would be taken to write a complete book but as I was ready for another phylosophic
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Nadia Fadhillah
Hai Petter,
Aku membaca tentang dirimu dalam buku The Ringmaster's Daughter: Jostein Gaarder. Itu buku tulisanmu sendiri, kan? Tulisan yang sangat panjang tentang dirimu dan hidupmu sendiri.

Meskipun sejak awal hingga akhir buku itu, kau tidak ingin sama sekali -katamu tidak akan- menjadi penulis, tapi apakah kau sadar Petter, kalau akhirnya kau pun menjadi seorang penulis. Kau menulis tentang hidupmu dan dirimu sendiri. Kau secara tidak sadar telah menjadi penulis dan berhasil membuat tulisan sep
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James Purkis Purkis
This is one of the most intriguing and beguiling books I have read in a long time. The narrator introduces himself in such a way that it is hard to know what is real and what is not and by the time you do it seems far from possible. The premise, a child with a fertile and overactive imagination becomes a ghost writer of plots for famous authors in his own country before fleeing possible assassination, is immediately gripping and engaging. As he retells his life story you develop a skeptical but ...more
O Informador
O Vendedor de Histórias foi o terceiro livro que li de Jostein Gaarder e depois de aos quinze anos O Mundo de Sofia me ter conquistado e de A Rapariga das Laranjas me ter passado complemente ao lado, agora chegou a vez deste vendedor me fascinar.

Jostein Gaarder escreve de forma filosófica e não é de todo um autor para as grandes massas. A escrita deste homem caminha pela filosofia e intelectualidade como nenhum outro, dando assim asas ao pensamento sobre os comportamentos de cada ser que vive p
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sinta nisfuanna
…dalam satu kesempatan Calvero berkata: Saat kecil aku biasa mengeluh kepada Ayah karena tidak punya mainan. Kata Ayah: (Calvero menunjuk kepalanya) Ini mainan terdahsyat yang pernah diciptakan. Disini letaknya semua rahasia kebahagiaan! [hal 225:]

Imajinasi. Itulah mainan terdahsyat yang dimiliki oleh manusia. Manusia bebas melakukan apapun lewat imajinasinya. Bahkan segala kehidupan tak lepas dengan imajinasi. Dari imajinasi, kreativitas muncul, tak ayal lewat imajinasi karya-karya besar lahir
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DC
I adore anything Gaarder. This definitely didn't disappoint.

While it may not be as centered on philosophy as Gaarder's other books are, the book still presents to us a couple of unique and quirky characters (which is almost Gaarder's characteristic trademark). Here we see Petter, a genius in making up story-lines. He is so incredibly gifted with his stories that he is able to manipulate his peers from near and far for his own purposes! His life story, which we hear from his own words, is refresh
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♥
In the past I have enjoyed reading Gaarder's work and I was looking forward to reading The Ringmasters Daughter. However, I got up to p95 and have to say I put it away. I hate not finishing a book, hate it! I will often fight to get to the end but on this occasion I just thought 'either life is too short or I am just not feeling Gaarder anymore'.

I shouldn't review a book I never finished and I suppose I won't review this fully. It is each to her/his own and other reviews give glowing accounts of
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Janina
Gaarder recreates the magic of Sophie's World with a great story line combined with deep, deep thoughts. My favorite paragraph: "Watching Limelight with my mother really brought home to me the brevity of life. I realized in a little while that I would die and leave everything behind. Unlike vain people, I had the ability to think this right through. I had no difficulty in picturing full theatres and cinemas long after myself was gone. Not everybody can do that. Many are so intoxicated with sensu ...more
Sarah
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Erica
I have long been an admirer of Jostein Gaarder's style of writing since my high school days. As a native Chinese I have read most of his works in Chinese translated editions, however under unusual circumstances I have happened to read this in its English edition and I'm glad I have done so.

As similar to Gaarder's favourite magical realism style of writing in most of his works besides philosophy, he writes a story of a story seller in this book, which is as engaging as ever. As usual I've loved
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Brian Baker
A whimsical novel about a man so overbrimming with ideas, conceits if you like, for novels that he has to unburden himself to other, lesser, authors to flesh them out. A number of these synopses appear in the text, including a couple of variations on the theme of the titular 'lost' circus ringmaster's daughter, and one on game of chess played with living pieces. Playful and entertaining as Gaarder usually is, however the ending seems to be more of a surprise to the protagonist than it should, gi ...more
Erfan Abedi
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Πάνος Τουρλής
Χμ....Μου φάνηκε περίεργο αρκετά. Ήταν μια ιστορία με όμορφη εξέλιξη και λίγο παρατραβηγμένη πλοκή. Είχε καλά σημεία που πρέπει να προσέξουν οι επίδοξοι συγγραφείς, θα το χαρακτήριζα συμβουλές προς νέους συγγραφείς, που όντως είναι χρησιμότατες. Η επιπεδη αφήγηση με κοίμισε. Οι εμβόλιμες ιστορίες αν και συναρπαστικές σαν πλοκή ίσως κουράσουν ή ξενίσουν κάποιον άλλον. Προς το τέλος μου άρεσε που αποκαλύπτεται η πραγματικότητα (SPOILER κάνει έρωτα με την ξεχασμένη του κόρη που δεν την αναγνωρίζει ...more
Judith
One of the most depressing things I have ever read. The ending was kind of hopeful, with the way it was left hanging, but still pretty depressing. The main character was incredibly disconnected with the world for most of the book, I felt awful. The book was well written and interesting, but I really don't think I'll read it again.
Em
Dec 21, 2007 Em rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Hated this book. I have enjoyed every Jostein Gaarder book I've ever read, but not this one. Kept reading in case it might get better, but it got worse instead. Very unlikeable character. What a disappointment, to find a Gaarder book in this unlikely place, and then for it to be crummy.
Mahsa Sharifi
گرچه نويسنده كتاب رو بسيار دوست دارم ولي انتظارم از كتاب بيشتر بود و از اواسط كتاب اخر ماجرا را حدس زدم و شايد همان لذت كتاب را از من گرفت چند تا جمله كه مي تونه خاص باشه از اين كتاب :
او رفتي و آن چيزي را كه در چشمانم ديده بودي با خود بردي.
ادم ها مي توانند سخنگوي مردم باشند فقط اين موضوع فكري من نيست .
او نمي خواست تمام عمرش را با يك مرد سپري كند ، در ان لحظه احساس مي كردم در گودال خودم افتاده ام .
اولين بار بود كه از واژه يك عمر و طول كشيدن خوشم امده بود به نظرم واژگان جالبي بود
اگر فكري در ذهنمان
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Ryan James
Jun 03, 2012 Ryan James rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes to be mentally stimulated
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I would read anything this man writes. I have had some minor disappointments, but 90% of the time, I am scratching my head wondering how someone can come up with such incredible ideas consistently. Long live Jostein Gaarder and may he continue writing for many more decades.
Parnian
it is so good to read a book and feel that the writer is smart and you like his way of telling the story.
when you read this book,you can really feel that.
it was an open-ended story,and it makes you think and enjoy...!
Lisa Julianna
The beginning and the end of the book was good. The middle was kind of boring, I felt the author was saying the same thing over and over again. I haven't decided if I liked the end or not.
Isidora Đolović
Pre svega, zaista ne znam ko sastavlja ove kratke prikaze radnje romana, jer često nemaju veze sa samom knjigom i stvaraju pogrešnu predstavu, podstiču pogrešno očekivanje kod čitalaca. U ovom slučaju, ipak, drago mi je što je bilo tako. Ako bih morala da u samo dve reči sažmem svoju preporuku, ona bi glasila: OČEKUJTE NEOČEKIVANO!

Da, baš tako. Mogu da potpišem kako je upravo ovo (uz "Misteriju pasijansa") najbolji Gorderov roman od svih koje sam do sada pročitala, a koji većim delom koketiraju
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Evalangui
Second reads are strange. Particularly when they are about a decade apart. I still love Jostein´s writing but his content... His main character´s attitude to women rattles. And his attitude to people in general is rather too detached, which I can see my younger self loving. But while I still sympathy with how stories are the end of all of life for him, his complete disregard for human beings that he clearly understands SO well, comes off as creepy and psychopathic. If the character was not a gro ...more
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Jostein Gaarder is a Norwegian intellectual and author of several novels, short stories and children's books. Gaarder often writes from the perspective of children, exploring their sense of wonder about the world. He often uses metafiction in his works, writing stories within stories.

Gaarder was born into a pedagogical family. His best known work is the novel Sophie's World, subtitled A Novel abou
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“Watching Limelight with my mother really brought home to me the brevity of life. I realized in a little while that I would die and leave everything behind. Unlike vain people, I had the ability to think this right through. I had no difficulty in picturing full theatres and cinemas long after myself was gone. Not everybody can do that. Many are so intoxicated with sensual impressions that they're not able to grasp that there is a world out there. And therefore they're not able to comprehend the opposite either - they don't understand that one day the world will end. We, however, are only a few missing heartbeats away from being divorced from humanity forever.” 5 likes
“It was all too easy to make things up, it was like skating on thin ice, it was like doing dainty pirouettes on a brittle crust over water thousands of fathoms deep.” 3 likes
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