A Son Of The Circus (Ballantine Reader'S Circle)

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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 ofThe World According to Garp

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

A Son of the Circusis 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 achievementa 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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