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By John Irving

--The Boston Globe
"Dr. Farrokh Daruwalla, reared in Bombay by means of maverick foes of culture, knowledgeable in Vienna, married to an Austrian and lengthy a resident of Toronto, is a 59-year-old and not using a nation, tradition or faith to name his own....The novel will not be 'about' India, yet Irving's imagined India, which Daruwalla visits periodically, is a outstanding achievement--a pandemonium of servants and clubmen, dwarf clowns and transvestite whores, missionaries and picture stars. it is a land of vigorous colliding egos, of recent media clashing with historic cultures, of damaged sexual boundaries."
--New York Newsday
"HIS so much bold AND such a lot brilliant NOVEL...The tale of circus-as-India is informed with gusto and pleasant irreverence."
--Bharati Mukherjee
The Washington submit booklet World
"Ringmaster Irving introduces act after act, till 3 (or extra) jewelry are awhirl at a lunatic pace....[He] spills characters from his mind's eye as agilely as inconceivable numbers of clowns pile out of a tiny car....His Bombay and his Indian characters are bright and convincing."
--The Wall highway Journal
"IRRESISTIBLE...POWERFUL...Irving's reward for discussion shines."
--Chicago Tribune

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