A Son of the Circus

By: John IRVING [signed]

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A Son of The Circus l is suspenseful; the prose is energetic and sometimes lyrical; sometimes it verges on farce and other times is as sultry as the atmosphere of Bombay, where it is set. Irving is concerned with people who do not feel at home in the world: immigrants, social outcasts, pariahs because of physical handicaps, those uncomfortable with their sexual orientation. The characters include a Bombay-born physician and secret screenwriter who feels as much a foreigner in India as he does in his new home, Toronto; a movie star who is synonymous with the role he plays; his twin brother, who aspires to be a priest but doubts his vocation; assorted circus performers, dwarfs and cripples, prostitutes, transsexuals, policemen, Hollywood figures, a blond American hippie, Jesuit missionaries and more sad folk teeming with strange quirks and shameful secrets. The plot revolves around the murders of prostitutes by a transsexual serial killer, who carves a winking elephant on their bodies, and the legacies from the past that bring the main characters to the hunt for the murderer. The hefty narrative gives Irving plenty of room to speculate on outcasts of all kinds, the volatility of sexual identity, the false lure of organized religion, the insidious evil of class distinctions, the chasm between appearance and reality. He titillates by equipping a character with a giant dildo. He includes a strange homage to novelist James Salter. His provokes readers into empathy for humanity's lost souls.

Title: A Son of the Circus

Author Name: John IRVING [signed]

Categories: Fiction,

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: NY, Random House: 1994

ISBN Number: 0679434968

ISBN Number 13: 9780679434962

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Fine

Jacket Condition: No Jacket Issued

Type: Book

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: w11

Keywords: modern fiction signed