A Son of the Circus

A Son of the Circus

Book - 1994
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"Usually, the dwarfs kept bringing him back--back to the circus and back to India." - Opening lines of John Irving's A Son of the Circus.

Born a Parsi in Bombay, sent to university and medical school in Vienna, Dr. Farrokh Daruwalla is a Canadian citizen--a fifty-nine-year-old orthopedic surgeon, living in Toronto. Once, twenty years ago, Dr. Daruwalla was the examining physician of two murder victims in Goa. Now, two decades later, the doctor will be reacquainted with the murderer...

Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 1994
ISBN: 9780676970463
067697046X
9780394280578
0394280571
9780345398208
0345398203
Characteristics: xviii, 682 p

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avocadotree
Aug 17, 2017

A book about movies. At least it's not a book about an author writing a book because those kinds of books are even more tedious than ones that are all about movies and movie making. It's like after rappers get rich and all they rap about is how rich they are now. Completely unreal unless your family is rich and you've had a privileged life from the day you were born. Were your parents doctors who also were involved with making movies? If this were written today they'd all be Instagram celebrities because of being born with more brains and money than everyone else on the planet. I'm just a stupid American. Isolated on the west coast. Why am I reading this? The shelves at the library really have become slim pickings. I can't believe how bored someone would have to be to read such a pointless and LONG novel. Better time spent sleeping or shopping online. Maybe not but real close.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 10, 2015

I wouldn't call John Irving old fashioned exactly, but he's never had much use for literary movements or trends. Of contemporary American novelists, he is proud to be heir to the Victorian novelist's long, densely plotted, colorful books. His eight novel "A Son of a Circus" can be described as the greatest Dickens novel that Salman Rushdie never wrote. It is dedicated to Rushdie and set in India. To describe the plot would be pointless, but it does includes a doctor who also writes screenplays, an actor, a serial killer, a golf club, a drug dealer, teenage prostitutes, the circus, and a dildo full of money. It is perhaps his most exuberant, sweeping, and ambitious novel and the Indian setting seems to have freed him up to really let his imagination run wild. It's a long book, but never a boring or taxing one. "Garp" may be his masterpiece, but this may be his boldest and best plotted book.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 18, 2014

With his uncanny ear for language and talent for creating memorable characters, Irving takes us to the streets of Bombay for murder, mayhem and much laughter.

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