Once, 20 years ago, Dr. Daruwalla was the examining physician of two murder victims in Goa. Now, 20 years later, he will be reacquainted with the murderer.
©2007 John Irving; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Ringmaster Irving introduces act after act, until three (or more) rings are awhirl at a lunatic pace....His Bombay and his Indian characters are vibrant and convincing." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Irving's nimble humor springs from compassionate insights into cultural and sexual confusion and alienation, baffling questions of faith and purpose, and the kind of hope that thrives in even the most jaded atmosphere." (Booklist)
"His most daring and most vibrant novel.... The story of circus-as-India is told with gusto and delightful irreverence." (The Washington Post Book World)
I do like a quirky book, but I like a bit more than just quirky. Quirky isn't a bad quality, but it isn't a big enough concept to support an entire book. Maybe a quirky short story would have been amusing.
How does John Irving keep doing it? What must sound like a ridiculous story line and plot, and yet you keep listening. Loved it as always.
The almost unbelievable, quirky characters just keep coming. An East Indian/Canadian physician who writes corny detective trash screen plays? His dwarf, circus clown chauffeur/body guard? Really? And yet it works and you believe every bit of it. Somehow it's even plausible.
I loved it all. Every goofy, unbelievable scene after scene.
I just loved Inspector Dhar and all his complications, from his ability to step in and out of character as he enters or leaves India to his mysterious twin, I just couldn't figure him out.
One of the best
Floating in the drink scenario.
Have not read the book yet.
I can't wait to read anything by John Irving. I downloaded it onto my computer. I'm old and I can't figure out how to get it onto my darn MP3 player!!
anyone wanna help me???
Probably not unless an Irving fan.
Interesting information on dwarfism and the peculiarities of Indian society with regard to its underclasses.
Oh, it's so difficult to describe what I loved best. This has turned out surprisingly to be my favorite of Irving's novels. Perhaps part of it is that I live in Asia and am interested in the idea of trying to write a novel with a protagonist from a different culture than one's self. But I feel that the book has an incredibly complex layering of plots, and India is a such a perfect context for Irving's style and tone. I love that there is a good old fashioned murder mystery in the story, and meta-layer after meta-layer on top of that, each plotline engaging and moving in and of itself. As complicated as a million piece jigsaw puzzle and yet beautifully laid out.
another one of those very few books that I simply can't get into. Where is the story? I've heard some other John Irving books but this one is a sleeper that you should pass up and find something with a worthy story line.
I am a glass artist, working from my studio at home. Audio books keep my mind stimulated while my hands are busy.
amongst the top 5, will listen to it again
the dwarf saving the missionary from transvestites
no, I loved listening to this performance
the doctor's wife - I would like to hear the whole story again from her perspective. She is the character that is left in outline, yet seems to be the one who is the most perceptive, always there to nudge the situation out of a stalemate.
The descriptions of India and life in India are the reasons to read this book, thoroughly enjoyable read.
I like funny and quirky and mysterious, so I thought I would like this book.
Its mildly entertaining, but not very funny and a LOT of the back story is just a HUGE waste of time. This was one of those rare audiobooks that, while it wasn't so bad that it annoyed me, my mind would wander to the point where I missed entire sections and I didn't bother to rewind it. I didn't even bother to turn it off if I had to stop listening to answer the phone or type an email. I just let it run and picked up again 10 minutes later.
While some of the episodes might have been hilarious had the right joker told them, somehow they're not. Its like they tried for some Jacques Clouseau style moments but missed the mark. Ever hear a joke that made you fall off your chair, and later heard someone else tell the same joke and not get a single chuckle? This is the later. I can't tell who's fault it is, writer or narrator, (I'm leaning toward narrator) there are many situations that should be very humorous, laugh outloud on the subway humorous, but they way they are described, they simply aren't. One of these guys is a bad storyteller.
As for the mstery... there aren't any major twists or turns, The author never tried to trick you into thinking its a different character, its pretty upfront. You have no reason to suspect anyone until the author tells you who did it. You just have to wait for the author to give you the information. There is no mystery "tease". Its okay, there are no glaring discrepancies, and it does all come together, I simply can't manage to care....
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