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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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    "Classic John Irving"

    I love John Irving and if you do, you know what's contained in his novels. Novels inside novels, writers, unusual sexual relationships, and a complete story. Having read many, but not all of John Irving's books, I found the story and themes contained in this lengthy book consistent with his other writings. The narration and characterization was excellent and helped carry the story. About Part III I got a little bored because John Irving stretched this one out a bit far--there were sections of the book that didn't contribute to the overall story at all--but then for entertainment, I guess that's ok. If this were Garp or Owen Meany, I think it would have rated five stars instead. The narrator was great, it was the story that was slow or too lengthy.

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    "Long tedious book"

    After reading A Prayer for Owen Meany I had expectations..... but alas, nowhere close. In it's own right a good story. But way to long. at one stage hoped that the various bad guys and "girls" will just die or get caught so that I dont have to read about them any longer.

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    "Great Book"

    This is my firt Irving book that I have listenedto/read. It will not be my last. Very enjoyable book with many different characters and story lines. At first you wonder how will they all mesh together - but they do and in a humourous way. The narrator is also a plus to this book.

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    lindablue Salisbury, MD 08-16-09
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    I'm constantly listening to recorded books. Right now I'm a bit sick and weak, but can still enjoy a good listen. I'm so glad I have this resource available.

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    "A Son of What?"

    This is a very l-o-n-g book. I can't imagine listening to the whole thing. I love John Irving, but I couldn't listen for more than a few hours. There was nothing exciting enough to make me want to continue.

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