Okay, so I will admit it. I have not researched the author one bit, so this review will come clean from my head with no supporting material. This novel is an extremely entertaining read, though it does feel a bit as if it had been written by a novice writer. One with great talent, but one who is not quite at the top of his game yet.
The book is a wild ride, I will give it that. It has a touch of magical realism, a healthy dose of the absurd, and an absolute fascination with the Circus. In many spots, it is quite haunting, and for that alone, it is worth the read.
One of the small flaws I noticed, was the absolutely unnecessary (and somewhat anti-thematic) adultury. Didn't quite get the purpose for all of that when the book is basically the main character's search for his wife. Absolute conviction and dedication don't really mix with infidelity on a plot level.
Still, at around 10 bucks, it's worth ignoring the few flaws. All-in-all, an easy-to-read entertainer with some higher aspirations.