January 23, 2012

Book: Son of a Circus by John Irwing.

Filed under: Books — Tags: , , — krishnafromtoronto @ 4:17 pm

I apologize in advance for all those Irwing fans, and the review of this book is not intended as the review of all of John Irwing’s work. Now, on to the review.

Not an excellent book.

The plot has its possibilities, with the story of twin brothers,
American, one an eccentric priest and another a Bombay star called
Inspector Dhar. Add to it Dr Dharuwalla who can be neither Canadian
nor Indian because of his life at various places. Consider his
Viennese wife, Julia.

A subplot involves Nancy, an American hippie who marries Inspector
Patel. Also in the background is Rahul, a cruel killer and a trans-
sexual. The story is entwined with the elite Duckworth Club of Bombay.

What marred the story for me is the very artificial telling. Irwing
is known for his ‘Ciderhouse Rules’ and other stories but I had not
read any of his books.

I found that the situations were contrived and the storytelling very

I would give no more than 2/10.
— Krishna


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