[E–pub] (A Son of the Circus)
O have the atience and fortitudeKudos Mr Irving for this wonderful iece 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 This is the 8th book in my John Irving Challenge I only have five books left As I said in my review of the Underground (Unbelievers, 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 thisroject 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 The Letters and Lessons of Teddy Roosevelt for His Sons part A Son of the Circus is a disjointed rambling meandering mess of a novel Part of theroblem 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 arts 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 ayoff The serial killer The Purposeful Graduate plot It fizzles out The circuserformers lives go nowhere We re asked to care about eople in the final chapter who we never truly know Madhu was important Since when We Knew Very Little About Her Other knew very little about her other her being a child rostitute 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 Thailand's Sickest - Hell To Pay 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 andoignant and it made me wonder what happened to the last 670 Huumetsaarin jouluyö 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 ofages 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 Retail. De digitale hysterie voorbij 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 mressed 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 "t recommend itFinally s all the circus shit I was Η γραφομηχανούλα - Nietzsche ex Machina promised There s very little in here Maybe 100ages of 680 ages 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 age 400 Mostly because of the reasons I stated in this review I only hung around because of this challenge I m doing Had I icked this up on a whim I d have tossed it in a fire by age 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 no. Rywhere belonging nowhere Set almost entirely in India this is John Irving's most ambitious novel and a major ublishing eve. H like everything else was overused as soon as it was introduced it s time to slip away from reading any of Irving s work 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 erfect blend of joy of telling a story and strange but likeable characters are keys to the whole I bought my battered brown aged copy of A Son of the Circus second hand at Blossoms Book House in Church Street Bangalore A 4000 Meilen durch die USA: Meine Reise zu den großen Fragen des Lebens previous owner had left an old used Bangladesh Biman airways boardingass inside it I used this souvenir of a journey completed long ag Returning for a second novel by John Irving I was transported to India where the culture shock was massive and the storytelling Interior Designs: An Adult Coloring Book with Beautifully Decorated Houses, Inspirational Room Designs, and Relaxing Modern Architecture proved to be uite non linear All that being said withatience and Gläsern perseverance I made it through this uniueiece of writing and even feel that I enjoyed it The circus is Detention of Doom preparing for its nexterformance 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 refers 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 rivate 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 Punishing My Slutty Little Sister 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 thisoint 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 "the community as well how it enriched the next generation of Blood+: Russian Rose, Volume 2 people who come tolay their art in this book From child rostitutes to accepted and raised 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 atient 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 "I likely would have ulled the lug It 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 rotagonist 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 iece 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 iece by John Irving is not to be missed by those wh. 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On some level it hurts me to write this review I first discovered Irving s books in high school and fell for them hard The obsession uieted down after a few years but seeing his "Name Was Enough To Give Me Nostalgia "was enough to give me nostalgia Son of the Circus has been in my to read ile for literal years and if I hadn t rocrastinated so much maybe I would have been kinder in this review Maybe I would have found some enjoyment in it Unfortunately this book was an absolute slog to say the least The actual lot is fairly simple the issue is that all too often the lot is buried in flashbacks or flashbacks within flashbacks or tangents that traverse several ages or even chapters By the time the story comes back around it s easy to forget what has actually happened in the Learn English: A Beginner's Guide for ESL Learners present timeline Sure these flashbacks and tangents may be rich in detail Irving s eye for that sort of thing for making environments come alive is on full display here but the detail overwhelms rather than enhances the story as you re forced to wade throughages and Who Is Gloria Steinem? pages of filler to find one detail that has a modicum of relevance to the actuallot Perhaps most frustratingly of all after over 600 ages the lot just eters off The climax of the book asses by in the blink of an eye peters off The climax of the book asses by in the blink of an eye event that the book has apparently been leading up to has such a weak ayoff that you could be forgiven for thinking that you d missed a few crucial Corazones solitarios pages Thelot isn t the only issue What I found egregious especially as I made it towards the mid Napříč nekonečnem point of the book and realized I still had over three hundredages left to go was the repetition Certain hrases and expressions are utterly overused it seemed like Dr Daruwalla cried appeared every other age and the that was used along with descriptors such as exclaimed or shouted the Dr Daruwalla came off as completely hysterical and overdramatic rather than the intelligent wise man he s supposed to be Additionally characters are referred to by descriptors over and over again Martin Mills is referred to as the scholastic and Dr Daruawalla is interchangeably referred to as the screenwriter or the doctor far too many times as if Irving is afraid that we will forget what these characters do if we aren t "Reminded Every Other Page On "every other age On related note the characters are also difficult to keep track of because in addition to their descriptors almost all of them have at least two names and there s no rhyme or reason as to which name they re referred to at any given time On a single age Irving may switch between John D Inspector Dhar or simply Dhar multiple times Perhaps this was supposed to be a comment on the different roles we all Now Pitching, Bob Feller: A Baseball Memoir play in our lives but it s done so haphazardly that it isn t very effective Also if you re looking forward to reading this book solely for the circus element don t bother Considering the title the circus features surprisingly little in the book and when it is discussed Dr Daruwalla s love of the circus doesn t come off as convincing he elevates some of theerformers to almost divine figures but I never really got a sense of why However while all of the above certainly contributed to my low rating of this book there s one factor that on its own would have convinced me to give A Son of the Circus a single star rating This book is nearly thirty years old and I want to give Irving the benefit of the doubt but I would also Variance (Raise Your Weapon, pay him all of my savings to never write about trans andor gender diverseeople again Their treatment in this book is simply abhorrent They are used for shock value you re repeatedly bludgeoned with the fact that they re freakish disgusting and worthy of mockery They re constantly reduced to nothing than their sexual organspractices and the bizarre nature of those organspractices At one oint the term it is used in reference to one trans character and I came very close to flicking the book out the nearest window Not to mention that the trope of having the trans character being the villainantagonist is tired and completely unnecessary Even in 1994 I imagine that it was getting old In conclusion I m tired The last few of Irving s books that I ve read have been merely disappointing This one left a bad taste in my mouth one that even my fond memories of The Hotel New Hampshire and A Prayer for Owen Meany can t erase To uote a line from the book whic. A Hindi film star an American missionary twins separated at birth a dwarf chauffeur a serial killer all are on a collision