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A Son of the Circus by John Irving

A Son of the Circus (1994)

by John Irving

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Though the setting is Mumbay (Bombay) India and though the book describes the "Blue Nile" circus in details the novel has many other story lines, of which the most important is the growing human understanding in the main character, Farrokh Daruwalla. The novel includes a crime-story that links the other plotlines:

A series of murders take place in Bombay and nearby places. When this affects an upper-class club and Daruwalla's stepson is threatened, the killings are investigated by a sympathetic criminal inspector who long ago married a girl who had witnessed one of the murders.

Another story line concerns twin brothers who do not know each other at first. One is a famous movie actor starring in the Inspector Dhar series, which are scripted by none other than Dr. Daruwalla. The other is a Jesuit who causes all sorts of confusion when he arrives and gets on everyone's nerves. The twins meet when the Jesuit apprentice leaves his religious ambitions behind.

  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
I wish he would write a shorter book occasionally. As with the last Irving I read there was a lot of filler to get through and the first half is very slow in the setup for the second half.

I would give it and extra half star if the system allowed as it was better the "Until I Find You" which I had read before as that had all the flawa above but more so. ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
A little slow for me to get into, but quite entertaining once I did. Dr. Durawalla was very endearing once I got used to him Nancy, Patel, Rahul and the inimitable twins Dahor and Martin, were wonderfully drawn characters. The plot was a little weak as far as I was concerned, though. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 22, 2014 |
I continue to be a fan of John Irving.....the stories just go 'on-and-on' and somehow, i always want to keep reading. ( )
  JosephKing6602 | Aug 15, 2014 |
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--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

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An Indian-Canadian doctor returns to Bombay to seek a cure for a disease which afflicts circus dwarfs and is caught up in a serial killing of prostitutes. The action is interspersed with commentary on the lot of social misfits: prostitutes, dwarfs, himself--the doctor regarding himself a foreigner in both India and Canada.… (more)

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