A son of the circus by John Irving

sonofthecircus  lindaj  Review by Linda J.

Title:  A son of the circus

Author:  John Irving

Collection: Adult Fiction

Born on March 2, 1942 in Exeter, New Hampshire, John Irving pursued wrestling and worked as a teacher before shooting to fame with his bestselling 1978 novel, The World According to Garp, which won the National Book Award. He later crafted the 1985 novel The Cider House Rules, for which he also wrote the screenplay adaption, winning an Oscar for his efforts. He’s crafted many other novels, including A Prayer for Owen Meany and The Fourth Hand, and two memoirs.
I had read most of John Irving’s novels, and when I found one available for my Kindle, I downloaded it.  A Son of the Circus takes place in India and follows the life of a doctor who feels more Canadian than he does Indian. Dr. Farrokh Daruwalla is an orthopedic surgeon who lives in Toronto, but returns to  Bombay once in a while to help crippled children.  He has a fascination with Dwarfism, and attends the circus to convince dwarfs to participate in a study he is doing.  We also meet John D., a famous movie actor/villain who is hated and loved by his public.  John D. has a twin who is a priest, and neither of them knows about the other’s existence.  The story twists and turns, goes forward and backward in time, and there is even a murder mystery or two.  Almost every character has a secret, and somehow all the diverse characters are connected to each other somehow.   The characters are well developed and very diverse.  There is a dwarf who drives a cab, a priest who is unsure of his calling, but wants to save the world, and an exhibitionist or two at the elegant country club!
The story was a little hard to get into, but once I met the characters I wanted to read on to find out what happened next.
This is a very long book, 633 pages, but I recommend it if you like crazy characters and a plot that is unpredictable.

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