5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Dissapointing, though well informed about Bombay/ India,
By A Customer
This review is from: A Son Of The Circus (Paperback)
As an Indian living in Bombay, and a fan of Irving since I was sixteen, I was pleased to see that, except for one or two bloopers, Irving's India facts are mostly right. (For that time and given his caste, MrIrving, Farokh's secretary would never have had as modern a name as that. And the basic premise of a character like Inspector Dhar succeeding .... rather unconvincing) .That is a credit one can bestow on very few foreign (Caucasian?) authors writing on India. And its funny! But, in the wake of Garp , Meany and Hampshire, this book fails to deliver. Where is the essential tragedy that makes for a quintessential Irving? Why do you finish the book not caring at all about any character, least of all the rather irritating Doctor? Two stars only .... because Garp and Homer Wells deserve better.