E–pub READ [A Son of the Circus] ☆ John Irving

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A Son of the Circus Download Þ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ourse In the tradition of A Prayer for Owen Meany Irving's characters transcend nationality They are misfits coming from eve. I bought my battered brown paged copy of A Son of the Circus second hand at Blossoms Book House in Church Street Bangalore A previous owner had left an old used Bangladesh Biman airways boarding pass inside it I used this souvenir of a journey completed long ago as a bookmark By the time I finished this long book this fragile strip of paper was a mere shadow of its former self The book begins with some pages of Author s Notes These start with the words This novel isn t about India I don t know India I was there once for less than a month I strongly disagree with this Irving may have only been in India for a short time but he has certainly managed to write a beautifully detailed account of the parts of the country that feature in this lengthy novel His eye for detail is amazing as is his ability to fondly and sympathetically characterise the Indians who appear in the story On page 635 of my copy published by Corgi in 1995 I read I m going to tell you a little story about my mother said Martin Mills Somehow Dr Daruwalla knew that the story wouldn t be little The missionary wasn t a minimalist he favoured description In fact Martin left out no detail This brief extract summarises Irving s writing perfectly and accounts for the great length of this novelPage after page the author keeps on introducing new characters bits of information and freuently goes off at a tangent with seemingly irrelevant sidetracking I found this a little disturbing at first but soon realised that almost everything that Irving introduces eventually helps to drive the plot later on So if you feel that you are not sure where the book is heading when you have read about 300 pages don t despairI will not attempt to summarise the complicated plot which is at least as complex as and often even enjoyable than that of a long Bollywood film The only thing that this novel lacks is the song and dance scenes that make Bollywood movies so much fun to watch Needless to say Dr Daruwalla a Parsee physician who resides most of the year in Toronto with Julia his Austrian wife is the hero of this epic tale Not only does he cure cripples and perform medical research during his regular visits to Bombay but he also writes risu film scripts for Bollywood films His prot g Inspector Dhar is the hero of these films Martin Mills mentioned above is Dhar s identical twin Trouble begins when Martin a fanatical Jesuit arrives in Bombay to take up missionary work But Daruwalla is already facing difficulties on account of his films having upset a large number of people including Rahul a malevolent transvestite who has recently married Mr Dogar a fellow member of the Duckworth Club which may be an alias for one of Bombay s leading clubs such as the Willingdon Club If you want to know then get started on the oddly compelling A Son of The Circus Although it has taken me ages to finish this book and the gold writing on its attractive green cover has worn away during many hours of holding it this is an exciting book an adventure or maybe even a thriller set in India I recommend it highly I intend reading other books by Irving but first let me tackle something briefer

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A Son of the Circus Download Þ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Rywhere belonging nowhere Set almost entirely in India this is John Irving's most ambitious novel and a major publishing eve. My favorite John Irving I m having a bit of hard time to single out what makes this one a notch above the rest and above a huge number of others but I m certain that the intriguing setting of India and this time perfect blend of joy of telling a story and strange but likeable characters are keys to the whole

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A Son of the Circus Download Þ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF A Hindi film star an American missionary twins separated at birth a dwarf chauffeur a serial killer all are on a collision c. This is the 8th book in my John Irving Challenge I only have five books left As I said in my review of the previous book A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving was not the best choice for a year long chronological study of an author s growth and decline His books and characters are far too similar I do not suggest recreating this project with this author On with the reviewBy Goodreads standards two stars euals okay I wish there was something between okay and I hated it because that s where I m at with this book I didn t hate the book but it s also far from okay For the most part A Son of the Circus is a disjointed rambling meandering mess of a novel Part of the problem here is the omniscient narration To have been written by such an accomplished award winning author the book is amateur hour Examples of good omniscient narration would be parts of Stephen King s It and all of Frank Herbert s Dune Those two books read naturally whereas this one reads like a clunky nightmare I had to reread whole sub chapters because I didn t know what had happened to who andor I d fallen asleep mid sentence Which brings me to the fact that this book is boring as fuck This is compounded by the fact that whole sections of it go absolutely nowhere with little to no emotional payoff The serial killer plot It fizzles out The circus performers lives go nowhere We re asked to care about people in the final chapter who we never truly know Madhu was important Since when We knew very little about her other than her being a child prostitute Ganesh He was offscreen forever and then the end comes and you expect me to feel something I felt bad for Vinod in the end but everyone else was just well they were just there Not even Martin and John D had satisfying endings Simply put this didn t feel like a John Irving novel aside from Martin Mills being the reincarnation of Owen Meany Seriously Same character less CAPSLOCK That being said the final subchapter with Daruwalla was terrific It was touching and heartfelt and poignant and it made me wonder what happened to the last 670 pages It didn t feel like the same book And that gives me a theory I believe so many Irving fans myself included are enad with this book because of the way he ended it You can hate entire chapters even hundreds of pages at a time but then you get to the end and he sticks the landing This gives you a false sense that the book as a whole was far better than it actually was The problem with my theory is it s glaringly obvious how terrible the rest of the book is It s just not any fun to read And then I m given a gorgeous closing chapter and I sit back and say Man what the fuck was that Did the same author write the rest of the book Sure as shit doesn t feel like itSo if I m pressed I give the majority of the book one star Even though there are numerous uote worthy lines the style and meandering narration kill all enjoyment But I can t give it a one star because of that final subchapter Thus I m giving it two stars Overall it was just okay Still I wouldn t recommend itFinally where s all the circus shit I was promised There s very little in here Maybe 100 pages of 680 pages have anything remotely circus related How the fuck you gonna title a book A SON OF THE CIRCUS and give a reader so little circus time That s fucked up manIn summation I tried reading this with two other friends who I ve rarely seen uit books One of them buys Ruth Ware novels even though he s never read a Ruth Ware novel he s liked If that ain t a dedication to finishing something man I don t know what is Both of them uit this book before page 400 Mostly because of the reasons I stated in this review I only hung around because of this challenge I m doing Had I picked this up on a whim I d have tossed it in a fire by page 200 Which would ve been sad because then I d never have read that final subchapter and that final subchapter damn near made the entire book worth the read CrazyFinal Judgment Irving s worst novel for now


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  • Paperback
  • 680
  • A Son of the Circus
  • John Irving
  • English
  • 23 March 2019
  • 9780345915627