A Son of the Circus, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


'The doctor was fated to go back to Bombay; he would keep returning again and again - if not forever, at least for as long as there were dwarves in the circus'.

Born a Parsi in Bombay, sent to university and medical school in Vienna, Dr Farrokh Daruwalla is a Canadian citizen - a 59-year-old orthopaedic surgeon, living in Toronto.

Once, twenty years ago, Dr Daruwalla was the examining physician of two murder victims in Goa.

Now, two decades later, the doctor will be reacquainted with the murderer...


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As with (almost) all the Irving books I have read, I cannot exactly pinpoint what I love so much about this book. I guess he just has a writing style that makes me want to be in the world he creates. Or it's the fact that the characters in this book are just so absurd that you can't help yourself but be curious as to what crazy things will happen next.

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Unusual subject matter, an Indian doctor, who lives in Canada but writes film scripts for a mega star in India and who just loves everything about the Circus! It doesn't come much stranger than that. Dr Daruwalla doesn't feel at home anywhere, so feels out of water wherever he goes. He goes back to India every year to his apartment, goes to his old club The Duckworth club for a taste of old India, but this year there is a murder, which harks back to one that took place over 20 years ago. Dr Daruwalla's journey towards finding the culprit, takes us through some very strange neighbourhoods indeed, and we meet some less than wholesome characters, but the book is somehow captivating and you just have to keep on to the end. Another very good read, with a quriky plot. Great I really liked it1