A Son of the Circus by John Irving

By John Irving

The surgeon was once fated to return to Bombay; he may preserve returning time and again - if no longer without end, at the very least for so long as there have been dwarves within the circus.
Born a Parsi in Bombay, despatched to school and scientific tuition in Vienna, Dr Farrokh Daruwalla is a Canadian citizen - a 59-year-old orthopaedic health care professional, residing in Toronto. as soon as, 20 years in the past, Dr Daruwalla was once the studying health care provider of 2 homicide sufferers in Goa. Now, 20 years later, the physician might be reacquainted with the murderer...

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Force de lorgner sur l’Europe, ils ont pris tous nos défauts (le principal étant de verrouiller les acquis). Il se trouve néanmoins que lorsque je découvris le charme des librairies, tous les livres que j’en rapportais avaient traversé l’Atlantique. Mais cela ne me gênait pas beaucoup. Comme je n’imaginais pas qu’un jour l’on viendrait me chercher des poux dans la tête à propos de l’étroitesse de mes goûts littéraires, je n’hésitais pas à leur consacrer tout mon temps. La raison de cet engouement ?

Et c’est un peu mon problème avec lui car je l’ai immédiatement aimé et n’ai pu me défaire de ce sentiment, malgré que j’en eusse. Il représente pour moi le styliste absolu. C’est trop me demander que de mettre sa haine des juifs dans la balance. Je ne comprends pas, sinon d’une manière abstraite, ce qu’était ce monde de fous furieux avant ma naissance. J’imagine mal ce que pouvait être un monde peuplé de millions de connards. La haine, développée à ce point-là, est un sentiment que je ne connais pas.

J’étais sans doute une proie idéale, à ce moment-là. Non seulement je n’étais pas sur mes gardes mais je n’avais aucune expérience de ce genre de terrain. J’étais comme un enfant qui découvre une machine infernale et se met à la retourner dans tous les sens. Je finis par découvrir que je n’étais pas le seul à être tombé sous le charme de L’Attrape-Cœurs. Des millions d’exemplaires s’en étaient vendus à travers le monde et les errements de Holden Caulfield continuaient à faire des ravages. Sa désinvolture, son cynisme, son sens du pathétique, son humour, ses rêves de fuite et l’impuissance de sa révolte n’étaient pas tombés dans l’oreille de sourds.

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