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A Son of the Circus Review ☆ 102 Rywhere belonging nowhere Set almost entirely in India this is John Irving's most ambitious novel and a major publishing eve. 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 uniue 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 goingStill 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 Behind the Mountain entirely in India this is John Irving's most ambitious novel and a major publishing Addiction eve. 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 uniue Harry Gruyaert 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 Burning Central Coven 2 ever A Cry in the Wilderness Poetry from Pakistan 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 goingStill 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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A Son of the Circus Review ☆ 102 A Hindi film star an American missionary twins separated at birth a dwarf chauffeur a serial killer all are on a collision c. 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 reviewBy Goodreads standards two stars euals 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 Stephen King s It and all of Frank Herbert s Dune Those two books read naturally whereas this one reads like a clunky nightmare I had to reread whole sub chapters because I didn t know what had happened to who andor I d fallen asleep mid sentence Which brings me to the fact that this book is boring as fuck This is compounded by the fact that whole sections of it go absolutely nowhere with little to no emotional payoff The serial killer plot It fizzles out The circus performers lives go nowhere We re asked to care about people in the final chapter who we never truly know Madhu was important Since when We knew very little about her other than her being a child prostitute Ganesh He was offscreen forever and then the end comes and you expect me to feel something I felt bad for Vinod in the end but everyone else was just well they were just there Not even Martin and John D had satisfying endings Simply put this didn t feel like a John Irving novel aside from Martin Mills being the reincarnation of Owen Meany Seriously Same character less CAPSLOCK That being said the final subchapter with Daruwalla was terrific It was touching and heartfelt and poignant and it made me wonder what happened to the last 670 pages It didn t feel like the same book And that gives me a theory I believe so many Irving fans myself included are enad with this book because of the way he ended it You can hate entire chapters even hundreds of pages at a time but then you get to the end and he sticks the landing This gives you a false sense that the book as a whole was far better than it actually was The problem with my theory is it s glaringly obvious how terrible the rest of the book is It s just not any fun to read And then I m given a gorgeous closing chapter and I sit back and say Man what the fuck was that Did the same author write the rest of the book Sure as shit doesn t feel like itSo if I m pressed I give the majority of the book one star Even though there are numerous uote worthy lines the style and meandering narration kill all enjoyment But I can t give it a one star because of that final subchapter Thus I m giving it two stars Overall it was just okay Still I wouldn t recommend itFinally where s all the circus shit I was promised There s very little in here Maybe 100 pages of 680 pages have anything remotely circus related How the fuck you gonna title a book A SON OF THE CIRCUS and give a reader so little circus time That s fucked up manIn summation I tried reading this with two other friends who I ve rarely seen uit books One of them buys Ruth Ware novels even though he s never read a Ruth Ware novel he s liked If that ain t a dedication to finishing something man I don t know what is Both of them uit this book before page 400 Mostly because of the reasons I stated in this review I only hung around because of this challenge I m doing Had I picked this up on a whim I d have tossed it in a fire by page 200 Which would ve been sad because then I d never have read that final subchapter and that final subchapter damn near made the entire book worth the read CrazyFinal Judgment Irving s worst novel for now Kiss of Flame The Dragons Virgin Tribute #1 euals 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 Stephen King s It and all of Frank Herbert s Dune Those two books read naturally whereas this one reads like a clunky nightmare I had to reread whole sub chapters because I didn t know what had happened to who andor I d fallen asleep mid sentence Which brings me to the fact that this book is boring as fuck This is compounded by the fact that whole sections of it go absolutely nowhere with little to no Tyrant emotional payoff The serial killer plot It fizzles out The circus performers lives go nowhere We re asked to care about people in the final chapter who we never truly know Madhu was important Since when We knew very little about her other than her being a child prostitute Ganesh He was offscreen forever and then the Split Second Thinking; Mastering the Art of Impromptu Speaking end comes and you Taking Shots Assassins #1 expect me to feel something I felt bad for Vinod in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association® end but Tycoons Tender Touch Second Sisters # 3 else was just well they were just there Not After We Collided even Martin and John D had satisfying Hold Tight The Embrace Series #2 enad with this book because of the way he Basic Documents in Medieval History ended it You can hate UnBonded Ruth Gron #3 entire chapters Bead and Weave Primer even hundreds of pages at a time but then you get to the TheMoving Pictures Generation end and he sticks the landing This gives you a false sense that the book as a whole was far better than it actually was The problem with my theory is it s glaringly obvious how terrible the rest of the book is It s just not any fun to read And then I m given a gorgeous closing chapter and I sit back and say Man what the fuck was that Did the same author write the rest of the book Sure as shit doesn t feel like itSo if I m pressed I give the majority of the book one star Even though there are numerous uote worthy lines the style and meandering narration kill all In the Hall with the Knife enjoyment But I can t give it a one star because of that final subchapter Thus I m giving it two stars Overall it was just okay Still I wouldn t recommend itFinally where s all the circus shit I was promised There s very little in here Maybe 100 pages of 680 pages have anything remotely circus related How the fuck you gonna title a book A SON OF THE CIRCUS and give a reader so little circus time That s fucked up manIn summation I tried reading this with two other friends who I ve rarely seen uit books One of them buys Ruth Ware novels The Collar even though he s never read a Ruth Ware novel he s liked If that ain t a dedication to finishing something man I don t know what is Both of them uit this book before page 400 Mostly because of the reasons I stated in this review I only hung around because of this challenge I m doing Had I picked this up on a whim I d have tossed it in a fire by page 200 Which would ve been sad because then I d never have read that final subchapter and that final subchapter damn near made the Live and Let Fly entire book worth the read CrazyFinal Judgment Irving s worst novel for now

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A Son of the Circus Review ☆ 102 Ourse In the tradition of A Prayer for Owen Meany Irving's characters transcend nationality They are misfits coming from eve. Returning for a second novel by John Irving I was transported to India where the culture shock was massive and the storytelling proved to be uite non linear All that being said with patience and perseverance I made it through this uniue piece of writing and even feel that I enjoyed it The circus is preparing for its next performance and as always there is something going on that is of interest In India the use of Achondroplastic dwarfs is uite common in the circus allowing for some of the tricks to seem even death defying However it is not that which interests Dr Farrokh Daruwalla Instead he prefers to locate a gene that might identify this dwarfism trying to do so every time he returns home to Toronto That Dr Daruwalla is an orthopaedic surgeon seems of little concern to him or anyone else though his medical specialty is also relevant at times As Dr Daruwalla is unable to locate a dwarf genetic marker he is back for blood testing in hopes of being lucky this one time While dining with a friend at the private club Dr Daruwalla is alerted to a murder on the golf course where someone has been struck by a club Unable to decipher what has gone on Dr Daruwalla uses some of his intuition to deduce what could have happened Little known to anyone Dr Daruwalla is the author of a series of screenplays about an Inspector Dhar one of India s most renowned film stars This is truly the central premise of the book finding out who murdered the club member on the ninth green but there is so much backstory to decipher about a handful of characters and how their interactions over the span of forty years has led to this point Irving weaves many highly intricate storylines together most in India to tell of how the elder Dr Daruwalla taught his son Farrokh some of the ins and outs of orthopaedics and what a chance filming of a horrible movie in India did for the community as well as how it enriched the next generation of people who come to play their part in this book From child prostitutes to accepted and praised alternative lifestyles all of these flavourings of India come together to create this massive tome that has uite the story to tell as long as the reader is patient and attentive in eual measure Well crafted but not for all readers I found this to be yet another winner by John Irving Recommended for the type of reader who can handle tangential writing as well as those who love all things IndianI will be the first to admit that this book will not be for everyone I read this book and found myself stuck within the story but could tell that had this been my first Irving I likely would have pulled the plug It does not read in a linear fashion in the least leaping from different timelines in order to fill in many of the cracks and offer backstories for the characters Irving has so many characters that I chose not to hone in on one to be labelled protagonist Rather he fills the chapters with a wonderfully complex and non linear story that has tangents than a high school math class It is by focussing on these stories as central building blocks to the larger narrative that the reader can see how things piece themselves together I found myself able to devour large chunks of the story at once if only to better comprehend how things fit together Irving s style of detailed discussions will surely cause some readers to feel drowned while others will relish the experience With long chapters that are broken into small vignettes the reader can digest Irving s massive undertaking in manageable bites With a uniue story and many strong characters this piece by John Irving is not to be missed by those who have the patience and fortitudeKudos Mr Irving for this wonderful piece that challenged me from the start and throughout This book serves to fulfil the March 2020 reuirement of the Mind the Bookshelf Gap reading groupLovehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge


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    Read & download A Son of the Circus John Irving × 2 Free read Review Þ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free × John Irving 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 uest 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 a

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  • Paperback
  • 680
  • A Son of the Circus
  • John Irving
  • English
  • 24 June 2020
  • 9780345915627