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A Son of the Circus Read ☆ 100 Ourse In the tradition of A Prayer for Owen Meany Irving's characters transcend nationality They are misfits coming from eve. Returning for a second novel by John Irving I was transported to India where the culture shock was massive and the storytelling proved to be uite non linear All that being said with patience and perseverance I made it through this uniue piece of writing and even feel that I enjoyed it The circus is preparing for its next performance and as always there is something going on that is of interest In India the use of Achondroplastic dwarfs is uite common in the circus allowing for some of the tricks to seem even death defying However it is not that which interests Dr Farrokh Daruwalla Instead he prefers to locate a gene that might identify this dwarfism trying to do so every time he returns home to Toronto That Dr Daruwalla is an orthopaedic surgeon seems of little concern to him or anyone else though his medical specialty is also relevant at times As Dr Daruwalla is unable to locate a dwarf genetic marker he is back for blood testing in hopes of being lucky this one time While dining with a friend at the private club Dr Daruwalla is alerted to a murder on the golf course where someone has been struck by a club Unable to decipher what has gone on Dr Daruwalla uses some of his intuition to deduce what could have happened Little known to anyone Dr Daruwalla is the author of a series of screenplays about an Inspector Dhar one of India s most renowned film stars This is truly the central premise of the book finding out who murdered the club member on the ninth green but there is so much backstory to decipher about a handful of characters and how their interactions over the span of forty years has led to this point Irving weaves many highly intricate storylines together most in India to tell of how the elder Dr Daruwalla taught his son Farrokh some of the ins and outs of orthopaedics and what a chance filming of a horrible movie in India did for the community as well as how it enriched the next generation of people who come to play their part in this book From child prostitutes to accepted and praised alternative lifestyles all of these flavourings of India come together to create this massive tome that has uite the story to tell as long as the reader is patient and attentive in eual measure Well crafted but not for all readers I found this to be yet another winner by John Irving Recommended for the type of reader who can handle tangential writing as well as those who love all things IndianI will be the first to admit that this book will not be for everyone I read this book and found myself stuck within the story but could tell that had this been my first Irving I likely would have pulled the plug It does not read in a linear fashion in the least leaping from different timelines in order to fill in many of the cracks and offer backstories for the characters Irving has so many characters that I chose not to hone in on one to be labelled protagonist Rather he fills the chapters with a wonderfully complex and non linear story that has tangents than a high school math class It is by focussing on these stories as central building blocks to the larger narrative that the reader can see how things piece themselves together I found myself able to devour large chunks of the story at once if only to better comprehend how things fit together Irving s style of detailed discussions will surely cause some readers to feel drowned while others will relish the experience With long chapters that are broken into small vignettes the reader can digest Irving s massive undertaking in manageable bites With a uniue story and many strong characters this piece by John Irving is not to be missed by those who have the patience and fortitudeKudos Mr Irving for this wonderful piece that challenged me from the start and throughout This book serves to fulfil the March 2020 reuirement of the Mind the Bookshelf Gap reading groupLovehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge

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A Son of the Circus Read ☆ 100 Rywhere belonging nowhere Set almost entirely in India this is John Irving's most ambitious novel and a major publishing eve. I ve always been a John Irving fan but this one took me by surprise It has a very slow start I found myself struggling to get into it thinking Why on earth would I care about an Indian circus and an Orthopedist s uest for dwarf blood And yeah it s exactly as weird as it sounds at least at first I almost gave it up Suddenly though after I pushed through the first two chapters the dozens of characters started to gain their own identities and all of a sudden bang I was in an Irving novel This book surprisingly at least to me had the almost certainly unintended and definitely unanticipated effect of making me want to learn about India Which is weird since as the book makes clear time and time again it s not really about India It s part detective mystery part rumination on global racial relations part unapologetic schmaltz funny as hell and surprisingly heartbreaking it has a sneaky habit like than one of Irving s books of catching you off guard You d think I d be ready for him by now but it seems like I never am This novel is a lot like A Prayer for Owen Meany in that its last chapters wherein everything starts getting wrapped up have a sense of mourning about them at least in a general time marches on kind of sense that s sort of hard to pin down I really love this book It s kind of a slog at 682 pages but I think I read it every single night for two weeks Highly highly recommended

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A Son of the Circus Read ☆ 100 A Hindi film star an American missionary twins separated at birth a dwarf chauffeur a serial killer all are on a collision c. The son of the circus from the title is Doctor Farokh Daruwalla a somewhat surprising choice as main character that has to carry on his shoulders such a hefty narrative At first glance he is a placid little man of a rather short stature and rotund girth neat and fussy but in general shy and insecure As I followed his interior monologues for page after page I have come to compare him to a still pond that hides great depths beneath the calm surface as a Parsi and a Christian a Bombayite and a Torontonian an orthopedic surgeon and a dwarf blood collector Dr Daruwalla could never have been satisfied by just one club The choice of focus on this confused conflicted personage was intentional on the part of the author who probably has little use for clear cut opinionated inflexible heroes And Dr Daruwalla is a true hero of the ordinary kind I m thinking Ikiru trying to do good even when he is not sure of the right path doing unpaid work in children hospitals researching a cure for genetical dwarfism rescuing street urchins raising other people s abandoned offspring being a good husband and father volunteering to help the terminally ill His insecuritites and his unuenchable curiosity are in fact the motors that constantly push him forward together with a rampant imagination and ingrained sense of justice The doctor was no the incarnation of a god than he was a writer he was like most men principally a dreamer Bored by the routine of a successful professional and family life he seeks to discharge his creative energies through writing specifically Bollywood film scripts His shyness and self deprecation will make him act from the shadows renouncing the limelight for the uiet satisfaction of the secret observer of human folly The results are often than not absolutely hilarious and I would rate A Son of the Circus as one of the best comedies I ve read this year For sure the humor is often bitter and sarcastic aimed eually at the outside world and at his own person Farrokh had conceived Inspector Dhar in the spirit of satire of uality satire Why were there so many easily offended people Why had they reacted to Inspector Dhar so humorlessly Had they no appreciation for comedy Only now when he was almost 60 did it occur to Farrokh that he was his father s son in this respect he d uncovered a natural talent for pissing people off or Except when eating Farrokh embraced procrastination as one greets an unexpected virtue Inspector Dhar is the doctor s most famous creation a tough Bombay policeman moulded as the exact opposite of the creator s personality athletic and uick witted a smooth operator when it comes to the ladies and an acerbic critic of the sins of his peers He is played in the movies by a friend of the doctor John D a younger man whose backstory and present tribulations are linked intimately to the main plotThe main plot is structured similarly to one of the doctor scripts a grotesue murder in the opening chapter a chase after a serial killer targetting prostitutes in the Bombay red lights district a pair of twins separated at birth a wily police inspector and his emotionally unstable wife beggars dwarves overbearing butlers a 20 years old unsolved case and so on The relation between the plot and the movie scripts is also deliberate illustrating the tendency of Dr Daruwalla to retreat into his imaginary world in times of stress where he uses the godlike powers of auhtorship in order to reshape events into a palatable version of reality one that makes sense and where lessons can be learned and happy endings are still a possibility Damn other people s messes Dr Daruwalla was muttering aloud He was a surgeon as such he was an extremely neat and tidy man The sheer sloppiness of human relationships appalled him especially those relationships to which he felt he d brought a special responsibility and care Brother sister brother brother child parent parent child What was the matter with human beings that they made such a shambles out of these basic relationships As a character study the novel succeeds spectacularly in presenting not only the many facets of Dr Daruwalla but of all the numerous players gravitating around his stocky frame The narrative jumps effortlessly to these other points of view only to return to the anchor point of Farokh The actual timeline of the events cover less than two weeks of the doctor s visit to Bombay helping to give the story a sense of unity and simmetry but the pacing is leisurely with lengthy flashbacks within flashbacks going back decades to Farokh s early childhood fascination with the circus his studies and courtship in Austria a first contact with an American film crew in Bombay his medical career in Toronto his periodical returns to India his success as a scriptwriter The wealth of details is often overwhelming Irving is aware of the fact and turns it into a self referencing joke The missionary wasn t a minimalist he favored description but my patience was rewarded when all the trivia turned out to have a role to play in the script after all No one who s still trying to find himself at thirty nine is very reliable exclaims Dr Daruwalla at one point in the story apparently unaware that he himself is still searching for his identity at the age of 60 His search leads him to religion to scientific studies to the already mentioned literary career Most of all his uestions relate to his cultural and spiritual heritage In Toronto Farrokh was an unassimilated Canadian and an Indian who avoided the Indian community In Bombay the doctor was constantly confronted with how little he knew India and how unlike an Indian he thought himself to be At this level the books scans as an overlong study of alienation with Farrokh reiterating a favorite phrase of his father An immigrant remains an immigrant all his life Rejected by extremists in his adopted land viewed with suspicion in India because of his Western mannerisms and sensibilities his plight will find resonance in readers like me who are bilingual and immersed in a foreign culture or two on a daily basis finding few chances to relate and discuss it with my immediate friends and family The theme of alienation is not limited to Farrokh Daruwalla it touches every secondary character in one form or another be they a Jesuit missionary a redneck girl on the run a transexual boygirl with long held grudges an actor with a double life a butler who feels superior to his patrons or a dwarf who can no longer perform in the circus In our hearts there must abide some pity for those people who have always felt themselves to be separate from even their most familiar surroundings those people who either are foreigners or who suffer a singular point of view that makes them feel as if they re foreigners even in their native lands Dr Daruwalla seeks refuge in familiar places his exclusivist and rigidly traditional club his religious epiphany the love for his wife literature As with his scriptwriting the results are hilarious especially the story of his conversion to Catholicism or the discovery of the beneficial effects of purple prose during a second honeymoon Note to self check out James Salter A Sport and a Pastime Other literary references deal with religious identity mostly in the books of Graham Greene uoted repeatedly in the text and in the polemic between the doctor and the missionaryI m not an expert on the work of John Irving beside Cider House Rules but it appears social issues and a general uality of mercy towards his characters are a constant feature of his novels Intransigence homosexuality the exploitation of children poverty drug abuse alcoholism religious fervor are among the hot button issues touched upon in the text The intensity of emotions and the subtlety of the observations make me recommend the book wholeheartedly but my own struggles with the text I spent two months on it instead of the usual 7 10 days stop me short of a full endorsement I experienced a lack of urgency a self indulgent streak for getting lost in minute details and painful moral considerations that illustrate well the personality of Farrokh but stopped me from reading than a few pages at a timeOn another personal note a comparison to my other sprawling Indian saga I ve read this year The Midnight Children is inevitable Salman Rushdie and John Irving have little in common stylistically and the personalities of the main protagonists could not be divergent one a riotous volcanic extrovert subversive and irreverent in language and deed the other a laidback introspective meticulous and detached observer yet I found both accounts true to human nature with their differences important than their similarities in revealing an Indian culture too big and too wild to fit into a rigid frameworkI would like to close with some praises for the author s use of metaphor and catchphrases oneliners reiterated like a song refrain many dealing with the circus world even if the actual story only visits the circus in a short episode For Farrokh Daruwalla though the circus comes to represent the whole meaning of life from the childhood exuberance of miracles possible to the ever present danger falling into the net and constant struggle for survival and ultimately to the revelation of the whole grotesue absurdity of reality Since the show must go on all we can ultimately do is relax and enjoy the rideedit 2016 spelling

  • Paperback
  • 680
  • A Son of the Circus
  • John Irving
  • English
  • 14 April 2019
  • 9780345915627