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A Son of the Circus: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

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A Hindi film star, an American missionary, a pair of twins separated at birth, a diminutive chauffeur, and a serial killer collide in a riotous novel by the author of The World According to Garp

"His most entertaining novel since Garp." -- The New York Times Book Review

"A Son of the Circus is comic genius... get ready for [John] Irving's most raucous novel to date." -- The Boston Globe

"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 imagined India, which Daruwalla visits periodically, is a remarkable achievement -- a pandemonium of servants and clubmen, dwarf clowns and transvestite whores, missionaries and movie stars. This is a land of energetic colliding egos, of modern media clashing with ancient cultures, of broken sexual boundaries." -- New York Newsday

"His most daring and most vibrant novel... The story of circus-as-India is told with gusto and delightful irreverence." -- Bharati Mukherjee, The Washington Post Book World

"Ringmaster Irving introduces act after act, until three (or more) rings are awhirl 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

"Irresistible... powerful... Irving's gift for dialogue shines." -- Chicago Tribune

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from John Irving's In One Person.

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  • Print Length: 788 Pages
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