Trailer ¸ A Son of the Circus PDF by ä John Irving

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5 stars My least favorite John Irving book and the only one I can say that I did not especially like, not that it isn t written with his usual level of skill and attention to detail But I found the plot and the characters far less addictive than that of the typical John Irving book I probably would have rated this a little higher if it was written by someone else but I have the highest of expectations for Irving novels He set a standard for himself with masterpieces such as The World According to Garp to name just one that I suppose is impossible to write up to every time out.
I bought my battered, brown paged copy of A Son of the Circus second hand at Blossoms Book House in Church Street, Bangalore A previous owner had left an old used Bangladesh Biman airways boarding pass inside it I used this souvenir of a journey, completed long ago, as a bookmark By the time I finished this long book, this fragile strip of paper was a mere shadow of its former self The book begins with some pages of Author s Notes These start with the words This novel isn t about India I don t know India I was there once, for less than a monthI strongly disagree with this Irving may have only been in India for a short time, but he has certainly managed to write a beautifully detailed account of the parts of the country that feature in this lengthy novel His eye for detail is amazing, as is his ability to fondly and sympathetically characterise the Indians who appear A Hindi Film Star An American Missionary Twins Separated At Birth A Dwarf Chauffeur A Serial Killer All Are On A Collision Course In The Tradition Of A Prayer For Owen Meany, Irving S Characters Transcend Nationality They Are Misfits Coming From Everywhere, Belonging Nowhere Set Almost Entirely In India, This Is John Irving S Most Ambitious Novel And A Major Publishing Event I read this book by accident and discovered how rich a a story can be.
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 quest 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 DNF Page 355 Yep, I m giving up after investing so much time into this shaggy dog of a novel I wanted to like it, really Irving is one of my favorite authors and reading his stuff is always an unique experience But this thing is ALL over the place it doesn t know what it wants to be, or why I can t keep up with the ever expanding cast of characters nor can I find a reason to care about them I don t know where the hell this thing is going, and I m only halfway done I just cannot keep going.
Still, Irving s prose is impeccable in places and I did like a couple of the characters hence my 2 stars Maybe I will finish this one day I buddy read this with my friend Edward We will be tackling A Widow for a Year next.
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Well, H how bout you What have you been reading GR Oh, I have just finished a chicklit by Rainbow Row My favorite John Irving I m having a bit of hard time to single out what makes this one a notch above the rest and above a huge number of others , but I m certain that the intriguing setting of India and this time perfect blend of joy of telling a story and strange but likeable characters are keys to the whole.

This is the 8th book in my John Irving Challenge I only have five books left As I said in my review of the previous book, A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving was not the best choice for a year long chronological study of an author s growth and decline His books and characters are far too similar I do not suggest recreating this project with this author On with the review.
By Goodreads standards, two stars equals okay I wish there was something between okay and I hated it , because that s where I m at with this book I didn t hate the book, but it s also far from okay For the most part, A Son of the Circus is a disjointed, rambling, meandering mess of a novel Part of the problem here is the omniscient narration To have been written by such an accomplished, award winning author, the book is amateur hour Examples of good omniscient narration would be parts of S My favorite Irving book I have a love hate relationship with Irving s work Son is a madhouse of a novel, even for Irving The plot s are dizzyingly complicated the characters as bizarre as always, but somehow believable I loved the feeling for India in the book and the humor oh my The scene in the cab made me laugh until I cried, thus waking up my husband, as I was reading in bed If you can tolerate really, really weird situations, don t mind some mild but off the wall sexual references, and just want to read something completely different, this is a book for you.

John Irving

Trailer ¸ A Son of the Circus PDF by ä John Irving JOHN IRVING was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942 His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, was published in 1968, when he was twenty six He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, and coached wrestling until he was forty seven Mr Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times winning once, in 1980, for his novel The World According to Garp He received an O Henry Award