Book Reviews of A Son of the Circus

A Son of the Circus
A Son of the Circus
Author: John Irving
ISBN-13: 9780345417992
ISBN-10: 0345417992
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 656
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 22

3.6 stars, based on 22 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Reviews: Amazon | Write a Review

19 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

reviewed A Son of the Circus on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
If you like John Irving, I think you may like this. It reads like a murder mystery and of course there are bizarre characters.
reviewed A Son of the Circus on
Helpful Score: 4
I am a huge fan of Irving's but this was just not very good.
reviewed A Son of the Circus on + 52 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Filled with bizarre characters and several threads for the storylines, but why anyone would consider this a science fiction, or even a fantasy, novel is beyond me.

I enjoyed the book and will probably read more of John Irving, but it is not an easy read.
reviewed A Son of the Circus on + 25 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Not an easy read, but worth the effort. The story of a man born in India, schooled in Vienna, living in Toronto who never feels like he belongs anywhere. It's as colorful as a silk sari.
reviewed A Son of the Circus on + 26 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This book is a thrill to read. From Bombay to the Circus, Irving takes you on a wild and fun ride.
reviewed A Son of the Circus on
Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed the book, it was not like anything I had read before. The novel is not about India but there is lots of take of India, also broken sexual boundaries.
reviewed A Son of the Circus on + 35 more book reviews
All the quirkyness of a John Irving novel set against the patchwork quilt that is the nation of India.
reviewed A Son of the Circus on + 61 more book reviews
This was a REALLY good story! I REALLY enjoyed it!
reviewed A Son of the Circus on + 106 more book reviews
I'll begin by saying I certainly respect the author, he has received much acclaim for his work. The book presented a couple themes I love, the circus, and India. The author certainly created characters I grew to care about because I wanted to stop reading it after I gave it 150 pages of my time, but I couldn't bring myself to stop " in case" it got better. Once Nancy's character was introduced I was really drawn in, but not enough for me to really like it. I can fault the male narrator, and the human flaws of all the characters, and there were many, because I know I don't respond well to either of those themes. Worth a read, I think the author is excessively wordy and detailed, but some people might love that aspect of the book. Try it.
reviewed A Son of the Circus on + 43 more book reviews
Really an unusual book for it's time. If you liked Garp, you will love this.
reviewed A Son of the Circus on + 5 more book reviews
I love reading all of John Irvings books, he has a delightful perspective on how his world works, they always make me laugh, and cry and feel like I am part of the story. Captivating.
reviewed A Son of the Circus on + 52 more book reviews
I have to be honest...it sounded good to me, but I only got maybe 1/4 of the way and I quit. I did get some laughs out of it though and even now I'm smiling remembering one "scene." A short review from the book, "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. Periodicallly, 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." Now that I re-read it, I'm thinking maybe I didn't give it a good enough chance...but NO. The reading is now up to you! What I read about was Dr. Daruwalla trying to get blood samples from dwarfs, mostly in the circus in Bombay. I don't remember any crippled children in the story and I never got as far as any murder. Have fun!
reviewed A Son of the Circus on + 34 more book reviews
never actually finished this, tho i love irving's other books
reviewed A Son of the Circus on + 43 more book reviews
An excellent novel by the aclaimed writer of Garp, A prayer for owen meaning and cider house rules.
reviewed A Son of the Circus on + 270 more book reviews
A moving tale about a little of everything. A John Irving classic!
reviewed A Son of the Circus on + 10 more book reviews
Bombay people who do not feel at home in the world: immigrants
reviewed A Son of the Circus on + 14 more book reviews
CIRCUS AS INDIA
reviewed A Son of the Circus on + 335 more book reviews
From the back of the book part of a New York Newsday review:
"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 remarkable achievement - a pandemonium of servants and slubmen, dwarf clowns and transvestite whores, missionaries and move stars. This is a land of energetic colliding egos, of moderm media clashing with ancient cultures, of broken sexual boundaries"
reviewed A Son of the Circus on + 222 more book reviews
"Ringmaster Irving introduces act after act, until three (or more) rings are awirl 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