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From the author of SOPHIE'S WORLD, 'A masterful mixture of fantasy and reality...a simply wonderful read' SHE.

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 his own lost child, who was swept away in a torrent some sixteen years earlier.

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 27th 2012 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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Gypsy
Jan 24, 2016 Gypsy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
فک نکنین از فرط جذابیت، با اینسرعت خوندمش ها؛ جنون پسامتحانی دارم! :)) خب میتونم بگم کتاب، اسم غلطاندازی داشت. البته برای من. یادمه با " آرسنیک"- که اینجا هم هس- خریدمش. ینی اسمش یهجوری بود که گف: منا! این خوراک خودته! و خیلی با دیدنش ذوق کردم حقیقتاً. چقد خیالپردازی کردم دربارهش- و خلاقیت من از نویسنده ـه بیشتره، شک نکنین. :دی - ولی اون چیزی نبود که انتظارشو داشتم. شاید برای بقیه هم همینطور بود، نمیدونم. ولی من ترجیح میدادم واقعاً در مورد دختر رهبر سیرک باشه.

مثل خیلی از داستانا، ما یهشخصیت خیل
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Gypsy
Apr 08, 2016 Gypsy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
اگه " دختر رهبر سیرک" رو خونده باشین، اینکتاب براتون جاذبه چندانی نخواهد داشت؛ چون در واقع نسخه شخصیتره همونه. جزییات پیرامون شخصیت اولمون خیلی بیشتره و راستشو بخواین، ما عملاً داستان نداریم. مشتی خاطره و اتفاق ِ در هم پیچیده داریم که چون بخش اعظم داستان همینخاطرهها و فلشبکهای متعدد و جزیی هستن، آدم نمیتونه کتابو دوست داشته باشه. ایده اولیه خیلی چیز خوبیه. اما نویسنده نمدونسته چطور باید بخش حسی ِ کارو قوی کنه. لذا با خودش گفته اگه دست بهدامن ِ خاطرات جسته و گریختهی نه چندان جذاب ِ شخصیت شم، خوان ...more
Parastoo Ashtian
Dec 31, 2015 Parastoo Ashtian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
در حالی که احساس می کردم پاهایم هیچ تماسی با زمین ندارد، به طرف هتل رفتم. شاید مشکل این بود که تا به حال هرگز احساس نکرده بودم جای پایم را محکم روی زمین می گذارم؛ تمام عمر روی ابرها بودم و همیشه در ابرها سیر می کردم. همانند مغزی متفکر عمل کرده بودم که از همه چیز بریده است و فقط با دو حیطه سر و کار داشتم؛ مغزم و جهان، جهان و مغزم. قوه ی تخیلم بیش از آن حدی بود که برای کل عالم قابل استفاده باشد. واقعا هیچ گاه زندگی نکرده بودم، بلکه پیوسته درصدد جبران زندگی بودم. نمی دانستم چه کسی-مادرم، ماریا یا ح ...more
Kaya
Apr 04, 2016 Kaya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
„We, however, are only a few missing heartbeats away from being divorced from humanity forever.”

Petter is one of the most unique protagonists I have had a pleasure to read about. Gaarder's fluent and rich writing style is again of the stronger points of the book and, like always, he isn't afraid to tackle complex topics and darker sides of his characters. The ending could've been better executed but isn't incomplete in any way.

Petter's childhood, the relationship with his mother, his years as
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Sara Kasraee
Nov 17, 2015 Sara Kasraee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: رمان
یک سوم آخر کتاب رو بیشتر دوست داشتم و دو سوم اولش خیلی کند پیش رفتم.
ایده اصلی کتاب خیلی خلاقانه بود. یه جورایی چند مجموعه داستان در قالب یک داستان آورده شده بود.
Endah
Jan 12, 2009 Endah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Martina
Aug 11, 2011 Martina rated it really liked it
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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Palindrome
Sep 21, 2012 Palindrome rated it it was amazing
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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Khumar Musayeva
Apr 25, 2016 Khumar Musayeva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jostein Gaarder bu əsərində sonsuz xəyal gücünə sahib olan Peter'in həyat hekayəsindən danışır. Peter uşaqlıqdan xəyal gücünü idarə edə bilmir. Hər dəqiqə beyninə yeni fikirlər gəlir. Bir-birinin ardınca gələn bu yeni fikirlərdən qurtulmaq, beynini rahatlatmaq üçün Peter onları mütamadi olaraq kağıza tökür. Peter bir gün pula ehtiyac duyduğu bir vaxtda fikirlərini satmağa qərar verir və hər şey onda başlayır. Əsərdə Peter'in uydurduğu hekayələrdən bəziləri də verilir. Hekayələr çox maraqlı eyni ...more
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
Jul 24, 2008 delnaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Sara Kamjou
Feb 22, 2016 Sara Kamjou rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: رمان
در مورد کتاب مرد داستانفروش فقط همین را بگویم که شاید یک زمان دیگری دوباره بخوانمش و شاید زمان انتخابی برای خواندنش را اشتباهی انتخاب کردهام، هر چه که بود اصلا مرا جذب نکرد. داستان جالب و متفاوت بود اما غرق نمیکرد.
از میان کتابهای گاردر این یکی را کمتر دوست داشتم.
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جملات ماندگار کتاب:
فکر نکردن امری است محال.
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در فواصل معین قلم و کاغذی به دست میگیرم و شروع میکنم به حجامت فکری خودم...
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چنین زندگیهای روشن و مرزبندیشدهای به مذاق من خوش نمیآید.
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همیشه در همصحبتی با شخص
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Reinhold
Dec 11, 2008 Reinhold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Nadia Fadhillah
Oct 17, 2012 Nadia Fadhillah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, favorites
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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Nafis
Dec 05, 2015 Nafis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
پایان بندی کتابهای گردر رو شدیدا دوست دارم ، هر چند کلیت داستان رو به اندازه دختر پرتقال و راز فال ورق دوست نداشتم ولی شوک پایانی داستان خیلی خوب بود ، تجربه روایت در دروایت کل کتاب هم جالب بود .
Priska
Aug 22, 2016 Priska rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
4,5 bintang. Dinaikin ke atas soalnya saya masih overwhelmed. Twistnya apa-apaan.......


Pasang tag spoiler dulu. Ini cuma review pendek (+ potentially baper) dan nggak bermaksud tebar spoiler yang eksplisit, tapi buku ini jauh lebih nendang kalau langsung dibaca sendiri (+ kaget sendiri). Jadi, silakan.


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James Purkis Purkis
Jun 30, 2013 James Purkis Purkis rated it really liked it
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
Emanuela
Apr 17, 2015 Emanuela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi è piaciuto molto fino ai tre quarti, l'ultima frazione è quella che mi ha soddisfatto meno perché un po' troppo psicologica e con rivelazioni che, a mio avviso, hanno poco a che fare con l'impianto narrativo generale.

C'è da aggiungere che i giochi logici di Gaarder sono sempre divertenti, così come ci ha abituato l'autore negli altri romanzi che ho letto e, tutto sommato, anche questa lettura risulta scorrevole e gradevole.
Khatereh
Jun 13, 2013 Khatereh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 داشت و به ه
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Sirkusdirektørens datter=Der geschichtenrerkauter=The Ringmaster's Daughter : roman, Jostein Gaarder
عنوان: مرد داستان فروش؛ نویسنده: یوستین(یاستین) گوردر(گاردر)؛ مترجم: مهوش خرمی پور؛ ویراستار: غلامحسین سالمی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، کتابسرای تندیس، 1386، در 240 ص، شابک: 9789645757890؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان نروژی قرن 21 م
Chris
Dec 20, 2013 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: magical-realism
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
Nisa Rahmah
Aug 17, 2015 Nisa Rahmah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite, romance, adult
Saya tidak merasa kesepian sampai ada sesuatu yang layak dirindukan. Kesepian dan kerinduan adalah dua sisi mata uang yang sama. (Halaman 21)



Kisah ini adalah tentang Petter, seorang lelaki yang memiliki banyak sekali imajinasi. Imajinasi itu bahkan sampai merenggut ingatan Petter sendiri, hingga dia tidak mampu membedakan mana yang merupakan ingatan masa lalu mana yang hanya ada dalam benaknya saja. Anugerah ini tentu saja mengganggu Petter karena imajinasinya terus berkembang apabila tidak disa
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Erfan Abedi
Sep 06, 2014 Erfan Abedi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Jeane
Nov 29, 2010 Jeane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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O Informador
Sep 02, 2013 O Informador rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 07, 2011 DC rated it it was amazing
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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Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 17, 2012 Janina rated it it was amazing
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
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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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“I didn't feel lonely until there was something to yearn for. Loneliness and longing are two sides of the same coin.” 10 likes
“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.” 7 likes
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