A Son of the Circus - John Irving

A Son of the Circus

By John Irving

  • Release Date: 1994-08-16
  • Genre: Literary
A Son of the Circus book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 45 Ratings)

A Son of the Circus John Irving Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

A Hindi film star, an American missionary, a pair of twins separated at birth, a diminutive chauffeur, and a serial killer collide in a riotous novel by the author of The World According to Garp

“His most entertaining novel since Garp.The New York Times Book Review

A Son of the Circus is comic genius . . . get ready for [John] 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

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from John Irving's In One Person.

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  • A Son of the Circus

    5
    By CapricornLynn
    Terrific novel and a wild ride of memorable characters and offbeat scenarios. It flows and entertains......I have read this novel at least 3 times and it will never leave my bookshelf. A long twisty story, but isn't Dickens the same? If you love the absurd, adult comedic, offbeat John Irving try this one. One of my faves, and apparently under-rated by original reviewers. Nonsense!!!!

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