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A Son of the Circus

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Born a Parsi in Bombay, sent to university and medical school in Vienna, Dr. Farrokh Daruwalla is a 59-year-old orthopedic surgeon and a Canadian citizen who lives in Toronto. Periodically, the doctor returns to Bombay, where most of his patients are crippled children. Once, 20 years ago, Dr. Daruwalla was the examining physician of two murder victims in Goa. Now, 20 years later, he will be reacquainted with the murderer.

Review:

"It takes quite a bit of daring to write a 633-page novel set in India and then to confess to your readers in the preface: 'I don't know India. I was there only once, for less than a month.' But daring is something John Irving does not lack, and one leaves this novel feeling that if India is different from his picture of it, then India is missing its vocation. Irving's talent for drawing edification from the grotesque is not to everyone's taste; but if it is to yours, read this novel." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Review:

"A Son of the Circus is comic genius.... Get ready for Irving's most raucous novel to date." The Boston Globe

Review:

"The reader is swept along by a torrent of vigorously dramatized incidents, jostled by a crowd of instantly (if momentarily) vivid characters. Though seldom memorable or particularly quotable, the language has an energy that keeps pace with the fecundity of invention... All things considered, I found it his most entertaining novel since Garp." Robert Towers, New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Dr. Farrokh Daruwalla, reared in Bombay by maverick foes of tradition, educated in Vienna, married to an Austrian and long a resident of Toronto, is a 59-year-old without a country, culture or religion to call his own....The novel may not be 'about' India, but Irving's imagined India, which Daruwalla visits periodically, is a remarkable achievement — a pandemonium of servants and clubmen, dwarf clowns and transvestite whores, missionaries and movie stars. This is a land of energetic colliding egos, of modern media clashing with ancient cultures, of broken sexual boundaries." New York Newsday

Review:

"His most daring and vibrant novel... The story of circus-as-India is told with gusto and delightful irreverence." Bharati Mukherjee, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Ringmaster Irving introduces act after act, until three (or more) rings are awhirl at a lunatic pace....[He] spills characters from his imagination as agilely as improbable numbers of clowns pile out of a tiny car....His Bombay and his Indian characters are vibrant and convincing." The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Irresistable... Powerful... Irving's gift for dialogue shines." Chicago Tribune

Synopsis:

"A SON OF THE CIRCUS IS COMIC GENIUS....GET READY FOR IRVING'S MOST RAUCOUS NOVEL TO DATE."

--The Boston Globe

"Dr. Farrokh Daruwalla, reared in Bombay by maverick foes of tradition, educated in Vienna, married to an Austrian and long a resident of Toronto, is a 59-year-old without a country, culture or religion to call his own....The novel may not be 'about' India, but Irving's imagined India, which Daruwalla visits periodically, is a remarkable achievement--a pandemonium of servants and clubmen, dwarf clowns and transvestite whores, missionaries and movie stars. This is a land of energetic colliding egos, of modern media clashing with ancient cultures, of broken sexual boundaries."

--New York Newsday

"HIS MOST DARING AND MOST VIBRANT NOVEL...The story of circus-as-India is told with gusto and delightful irreverence."

--Bharati Mukherjee

The Washington Post Book World

"Ringmaster Irving introduces act after act, until three (or more) rings are awhirl at a lunatic pace....[He] spills characters from his imagination as agilely as improbable numbers of clowns pile out of a tiny car....His Bombay and his Indian characters are vibrant and convincing."

--The Wall Street Journal

"IRRESISTIBLE...POWERFUL...Irving's gift for dialogue shines."

--Chicago Tribune

From the Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345417992
Author:
Irving, John
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
India
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
India Fiction.
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;india;novel;circus;american;mystery;literature;murder;20th century;contemporary;american fiction;american literature;usa;indien;bombay;doctor;contemporary fiction;humor;toronto;dwarf;us;canada;bollywood
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19970631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
8.27x5.57x1.23 in. 1.20 lbs.

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Product details 672 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345417992 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A Son of the Circus is comic genius.... Get ready for Irving's most raucous novel to date."
"Review" by , "The reader is swept along by a torrent of vigorously dramatized incidents, jostled by a crowd of instantly (if momentarily) vivid characters. Though seldom memorable or particularly quotable, the language has an energy that keeps pace with the fecundity of invention... All things considered, I found it his most entertaining novel since Garp."
"Review" by , "Dr. Farrokh Daruwalla, reared in Bombay by maverick foes of tradition, educated in Vienna, married to an Austrian and long a resident of Toronto, is a 59-year-old without a country, culture or religion to call his own....The novel may not be 'about' India, but Irving's imagined India, which Daruwalla visits periodically, is a remarkable achievement — a pandemonium of servants and clubmen, dwarf clowns and transvestite whores, missionaries and movie stars. This is a land of energetic colliding egos, of modern media clashing with ancient cultures, of broken sexual boundaries."
"Review" by , "His most daring and vibrant novel... The story of circus-as-India is told with gusto and delightful irreverence."
"Review" by , "Ringmaster Irving introduces act after act, until three (or more) rings are awhirl at a lunatic pace....[He] spills characters from his imagination as agilely as improbable numbers of clowns pile out of a tiny car....His Bombay and his Indian characters are vibrant and convincing."
"Review" by , "Irresistable... Powerful... Irving's gift for dialogue shines."
"Synopsis" by , "A SON OF THE CIRCUS IS COMIC GENIUS....GET READY FOR IRVING'S MOST RAUCOUS NOVEL TO DATE."

--The Boston Globe

"Dr. Farrokh Daruwalla, reared in Bombay by maverick foes of tradition, educated in Vienna, married to an Austrian and long a resident of Toronto, is a 59-year-old without a country, culture or religion to call his own....The novel may not be 'about' India, but Irving's imagined India, which Daruwalla visits periodically, is a remarkable achievement--a pandemonium of servants and clubmen, dwarf clowns and transvestite whores, missionaries and movie stars. This is a land of energetic colliding egos, of modern media clashing with ancient cultures, of broken sexual boundaries."

--New York Newsday

"HIS MOST DARING AND MOST VIBRANT NOVEL...The story of circus-as-India is told with gusto and delightful irreverence."

--Bharati Mukherjee

The Washington Post Book World

"Ringmaster Irving introduces act after act, until three (or more) rings are awhirl at a lunatic pace....[He] spills characters from his imagination as agilely as improbable numbers of clowns pile out of a tiny car....His Bombay and his Indian characters are vibrant and convincing."

--The Wall Street Journal

"IRRESISTIBLE...POWERFUL...Irving's gift for dialogue shines."

--Chicago Tribune

From the Paperback edition.

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