Search Results: "John Irving"


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IN ONE PERSON by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2012

"Woody Allen's bon mot about bisexuality is that it doubled one's chances for a date, but in this novel Irving explores in his usual discursive style some of the more serious and exhaustive consequences of Allen's one-liner."
Billy Dean (aka Billy Abbott) has a difficult time holding it together in one person, for his bisexuality pulls him in (obviously) two different directions. Read full book review >

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AVENUE OF MYSTERIES by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Though not as irresistible as early works such as The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire, a welcome return to form."
Sex, drugs, and mariachi: Irving's (In One Person, 2013, etc.) latest ventures south of the border and then back again, tracing the long road and unforeseeable turns that we travel in this world. Read full book review >

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THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE (BALLANTINE READER'S CIRCLE) by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1981

How many times can Irving, novelist-as-juggler, throw the same subjects, metaphors, and tricks—bears, motorcycles, prep schools, hotels, Vienna, muscle-building, feminism—up into the air? Read full book review >

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A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 1989

"The result is a novel that seems sincere but turns too bombastic and insistent in its opinions about literature, religion, and politics."
Irving's novels, which often begin in autobiographical commonplace, get transformed along the way: sometimes into fairy tale (The Hotel New Hampshire), sometimes into modern-day ironic fable (The World According to Garp). Read full book review >

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A SON OF THE CIRCUS by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"Irving has no such excuse."
Irving (A Prayer for Owen Meany, 1989, etc.) sets his new book about outcasts and freaks in India, but the story is weighed down by the same stale bag of tricks he has been trotting out since Garp, only now they are more tedious than ever. Read full book review >

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LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2009

"Will entertain the faithful and annoy readers who think this author has already written the same novel too many times."
Irving's new doorstopper (Until I Find You, 2006, etc.) addresses a strong theme—the role accident plays in even the most carefully planned and managed lives—but doesn't always stick to the subject. Read full book review >

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THE FOURTH HAND by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2001

"Recently Irving has been alternating his usual doorstoppers with slighter books like the miscellany Trying to Save Piggy Sneed (1996) and the memoir My Movie Business (1999). Don't be fooled by The Fourth Hand. He's still between novels."
A handsome TV newsman has his left hand chomped off by a hungry lion, and a former lacrosse star stays in game shape by hurling dog turds into the Charles River . . . hmmm, probably not the new Eudora Welty novel, you say? Read full book review >

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THE WATER-METHOD MAN by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 1972

"But then a very likable, imaginative child, with a tremendous comic drive."
John Irving is the hypermotor young man who wrote Setting Free the Bears and this is about another one — volatile, confident but lost, all on the surface since he doesn't "convey" anything, and on some special frequency which doesn't relate to much unless it might be Moby Dick, another grandiose geyser. Read full book review >

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THE CIDER HOUSE RULES by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 1985

"Finally, this effort is sometimes moving or amusing, but also irritating and ultimately disappointing."
As in The World According to Garp, a young man is trying to find his way as he grows up amid institutional, individual, familial, and social craziness in upper New England. Read full book review >

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THE 158-POUND MARRIAGE by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1974

"Hardly spiritual, but serious and ebullient — with some elemental symbolism for those looking for a little more."
This energetic, often intelligent novel about a four-way marriage has as much sleight-of-hand as the earlier Nabokov but avoids the master's aestheticism. Read full book review >

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UNTIL I FIND YOU by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2005

"Is this Irving's worst novel? No doubt about it. Will it sell gazillions of copies nevertheless? Absolutely."
The life of an actor is compromised and traumatized by his many relationships with older women, in Irving's sprawling—in fact, overstuffed—11th novel. Read full book review >

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MY MOVIE BUSINESS by John Irving
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"If Irving had treated this subject as fiction, it would have been a much more grippingly incredible story."
From the master of the absurdist novel, an ordinary tale of moviemaking. Read full book review >