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A Son of the Circus (Inglese)

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65 di 69 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Irving shows (again) why he's the finest novelist around 6 maggio 2000
Di Douglas A. Greenberg - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
This is a wonderful novel--engrossing, well-crafted, moving, humorous, and profound. Even after 630+ pages, I was sorry to come to the end of the book. To this I must add: based on some other reviews I have read, a prerequisite for reading *A Son of the Circus* evidently is development of an attention span longer than that typical of today's channel-surfing, sound-byte-seeking generation.
The plot is Byzantine and carefully-woven, but ultimately predictable in some ways. The story and its ending are not particular strengths of the novel, but are mainly vehicles for Irving's skillful neo-Dickensian depiction of contemporary India--more specifically, some of its colorfully bizarre social settings and the diverse personalities that animate these unusual environments.
Oh, the characters! I will miss them so! The endlessly fascinating personages who appear, disappear, and reappear throughout this lengthy narrative provide the very heart of Irving's masterpiece. There are so many! Particularly unforgettable are the actor John D., whose alter ego is his forever-sneering on-screen persona, Inspector Dhar; John D.'s garrulous and impulsive Jesuit missionary twin (long-lost, of course!); the crippled elephant boy, with his dreams of skywalking on the circus high wire; the staid and forever disapproving steward at the exclusive Duckworth social club, at which much of the principal action in the novel occurs; the twisted and tortured transsexual, Rahoul; and finally, at the center of this circus there is the essential straight man, Dr. Farruk Daruwalla, a childrens' orthopedic surgeon (and screenwriter) who splits his time between his native India and his adoptive home in Toronto, where he feel "always an immigrant." Complementing these unforgettable characters is a lengthy cast of dwarfs, transsexuals, prostitutes, drug dealers, drunks, drifters, and other assorted misfits and freaks. As always, Irving shows his affinity for the strange and tortured underside of human existence.
At one level, the novel is simply another of Irving's jaundiced romps through the absurd, the socially marginal, and the unspeakable, and the author's typically ironic dry wit can lull the reader into thinking this is all just a lengthy exercise in twisted humor and world-weary cynicism. But there is so much more! In the end, Irving has succeeded in creating a profound, complex, poignant, and moving portrait not only of the rich and glorious chaos that is contemporary India, but of humanity as a whole.
1.0 su 5 stelle Long 14 giugno 2016
Di Amy - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I read a review that said this book was hard to read. That the reader had found themself rereading paragraphs a few times to follow them. This is exactly the way it was for me. I read pages and pages over again. It was as if the author wrote them backwards. Jane see run. There was a ton rrof story that was almost there as filler. I wish I remember why I had this on my list.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Best Irving novel ever written 29 gennaio 2007
Di Fly Fishing Philosopher - Pubblicato su
Formato: Rilegatura all'americana Acquisto verificato
I'm going to be honest, I'm partial to this book. I'm Indian, so anything related to India catches my eye. But I'm a stickler for good literature, and here, again, Irving shines. Regardless of the 600+ pages, I couldn't put this book down. Some say it is a little slow and dry, but that's India! Irving does a fantastic job on his research, this story is very true to life. The plot is gripping and exciting: dwarves, transvestites, actors, doctors, murder, suspense, intrigue. It has it all. I would definately recommend this book for the serious reader with an open mind concerning other cultures. It's also a great insight into Indian life as well. Five stars!
5.0 su 5 stelle I've read it 3 time and enjoy it each time 28 settembre 2016
Di Mindy Takara - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I've read it 3 time and enjoy it each time! So much suspense and laughter and of course sadness..just like life
4.0 su 5 stelle ... was a little slow but the character development is excellent. 1 agosto 2016
Di Libby Clemens - Pubblicato su
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The beginning was a little slow but the character development is excellent.

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