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A Son of the Circus Audiobook

A Son of the Circus

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Publisher's Summary

Born a Parsi in Bombay, sent to university and medical school in Vienna, Dr. Farrokh Daruwalla is a 59-year-old orthopedic surgeon and a Canadian citizen who lives in Toronto. Periodically, the doctor returns to Bombay, where most of his patients are crippled children.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    richard HERNANDO, MS, United States 01-15-15
    richard HERNANDO, MS, United States 01-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Irving the Unnerving, dwarf clown of India"

    It's not the book, it's not the plot, it's the sheer magnificent storytelling...

    And just like a star of the circus, he makes the apparently impossible appear effortless.

    Like the best vacation you've ever been on, at first I wasn't sure I would even enjoy the trip. And then suddenly, the all-too-soon conclusion was before me; a rather melancholy journey "home" was forced upon me.

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    Leslie W M 07-16-14
    Leslie W M 07-16-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Tried very hard to be quirky"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Winnipeg, Mb 02-25-14
    Amazon Customer Winnipeg, Mb 02-25-14 Member Since 2013

    Stitches23

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    "Another John Irving Gritty Tale"
    Where does A Son of the Circus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved it all. Every goofy, unbelievable scene after scene.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Son of the Circus and why?

    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.


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    Emma Skövde, Sweden 10-19-13
    Emma Skövde, Sweden 10-19-13
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    "Entertaining"
    Where does A Son of the Circus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Son of the Circus?

    Floating in the drink scenario.


    What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Have not read the book yet.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


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    Pamela K. Metzger Madison, Wisconsin 01-11-13
    Pamela K. Metzger Madison, Wisconsin 01-11-13

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    "I DON'T KNOW HOW TO LOAD IT ONTO MY MP3 PLAYER"
    Would you try another book from John Irving and/or David Colacci?

    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!!


    What could John Irving have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    n/a


    What didn’t you like about David Colacci’s performance?

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    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    anyone wanna help me???

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    Patty H 08-13-12
    Patty H 08-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Garp but odd characters & plot contortortions"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not unless an Irving fan.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Interesting information on dwarfism and the peculiarities of Indian society with regard to its underclasses.


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    suzi san luis obispo, CA, United States 06-26-12
    suzi san luis obispo, CA, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic!"
    What did you love best about A Son of the Circus?

    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.



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    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 06-12-12
    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Skip It!"

    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.

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    Merle Midrand, South Africa 05-17-12
    Merle Midrand, South Africa 05-17-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a glass artist, working from my studio at home. Audio books keep my mind stimulated while my hands are busy.

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    "amusing, entertaining, and humane"
    Where does A Son of the Circus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    amongst the top 5, will listen to it again


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Son of the Circus?

    the dwarf saving the missionary from transvestites


    Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, I loved listening to this performance


    If you could take any character from A Son of the Circus out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    The descriptions of India and life in India are the reasons to read this book, thoroughly enjoyable read.

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    Lori 05-10-12
    Lori 05-10-12
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    "Interesting but gets a little silly."
    Any additional comments?

    Interesting bits about circus life, India, transvestites, etc, but gets a little silly towards the end.

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