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You make all these sexual extremes seem normal--that what you do. John Irving doing that thing he do. In her presence he was overcome with a wave of unprecedented desire. While I say to everyone that I became a writer because I read a certain novel by Charles Dickens at the formative age of fifteen, the truth is I was younger than that when I first met Miss Frost and imagined having sex with her, and this moment of my sexual awakening also marked the fitful birth of my imagination. We are formed by what we desire.
While I say to everyone that I became a writer because I read a certain novel by Charles Dickens at the formative age of fifteen, the truth is I was younger than that when I first met Miss Frost and imagined having sex with her, and this moment of my sexual awakening also marked the fitful birth of my imagination.
We are formed by what we desire. In less than a minute of excited, secretive longing, I desired to become a writer and to have sex with Miss Frost--not necessarily in that order.
Billy has a problem with inappropriate crushes. He develops one for his step-father Richard Abbott, embarrassing and alarming all wrapped in one explosive heart pounding package. And how could I have told Elaine about my confounding lust for her mom? He has an impediment with certain words. In particular with a part of his anatomy that he is most assuredly most obsessed with. It comes out penith.
Miss Frost is his number one obsession, but easily his number two is a wrestler named Kittredge. The same boy that picks on him so mercilessly. The novel was reasonably well reviewed but failed to gain a large readership.
The novel became an international bestseller and cultural phenomenon. Irving makes a brief Cameo appearance in the film as an official in one of Garp's high school wrestling matches. The next was The Hotel New Hampshire , which sold well despite mixed reviews from critics. Henry Prize Stories collection. An epic set in a Maine orphanage, the novel's central topic is abortion. Many drew parallels between the novel and Charles Dickens ' Oliver Twist In Owen Meany, Irving for the first time examined the consequences of the Vietnam War —particularly mandatory conscription , which Irving avoided because he was a married father when of age for the draft.
Arguably his most complicated and difficult book, and a departure from many of the themes and location settings in his previous novels, it was dismissed by critics  but became a national bestseller on the strength of Irving's reputation for fashioning literate, engrossing page-turners.
Irving also made a cameo appearance as the disapproving stationmaster. During the interview, Irving criticized bestselling American author Tom Wolfe , saying Wolfe "can't write", and that Wolfe's writing makes Irving gag. I hold a couple of Irving's novels in very high esteem.
I enjoyed Last Night in Twisted River enough, but remember it taking me a long time to get into it. I know I struggled through the first half of Until I Find You and absolutely loved the second half the first half being around pages. I remember how hard I fell for John Man. I remember how hard I fell for John Irving when Derek introduced me to him 13 years ago.
I think Irving owns the ability to describe those small moments that could easily pass you by if you weren't present. He knows exactly how to capture the present, a moment, in a way that still catches me off guard. Sure, a lot of the characters come back to learn and realize much of what they didn't understand and how it affected them, but it's the experiences that many of these characters have once they've found that understanding and learned to be present that touch me the most.
I'm possibly not so great at saying how, but Irving's prose speaks deeply to me. This novel certainly surprised me and blew away my expectations. I felt a lot of the same emotions I experienced reading Garp: Completely satisfied on every level of a captivating read. May 05, Suzanne rated it liked it. John Irving's newest novel has a strong voice. It reads like a memoir. I'm having a difficult time reviewing this book, though I've been reading it for almost two weeks.
It feels like four. This is not a good sign. There were several characters who shape Bill Abbot, the protagonist, but not the hero. This epic begins when Bill is a child and follows him until he is almost seventy, but not in a linear fashion.
Bill's lfe journey takes him from Vermont to N. Bill's family, like most families, is complex, quirky, but in the end accepting and loving.
I guess Bill is trying to find himself. This is difficult for heterosexuals. I imagine homosexuals, bi sexuals and transexuals have more issues. I think that my problem with In One Person is that most of Bill's friends and family members also have many difficulties establishing who they are. Many of them struggle with their dishonest choices and AIDs.
Bill decides who he is and lives as a bi sexual openly in early adolesence. He has many partners and several lovers. He becomes a successful writer. He looses many of frinds and lovers to AIDs.
Yet the wrestling coach has taught Bill one good move, the "duck under. Finally Bill returns to "change" life at Famous River and Gee and her classmates. This part reminded me of Mr. Holland's Opus. I thought the ending was sacharrine.
Thinking about the whole book, the word false comes to mind. I think Irving wrestled with this book more than Bill struggled with his life. Irving, because of his past successes was able to publish and sell In One Person.
I think his one good move, the "duck under" will not be able to save this book. Mar 09, switterbug Betsey rated it it was ok. Too self-conscious and heavy handed.
It read like a freshman author's overreaching or a trunk novel. There were times I even squirmed because it was so twee.
Way too earnest, melodramatic, and repetitive. It borders on doddering. I am a huge heartfelt fan. I met him, too, when he came to speak in Austin, and I snuck into the stiff collar party afterwards. He was deliciously friendly.
I have a pic with him on my bookshelf. He's one of my literary heroes, ever since I discovered Garp while in colle Too self-conscious and heavy handed. He's one of my literary heroes, ever since I discovered Garp while in college. Ok, so he wrote a dud. He's human. I still love me some John Irving and I will undoubtedly be shoving my way to the front of the line for his next book.
Apr 12, Rebecka rated it it was ok Shelves: This book seriously annoyed me. This review may make me seem somewhat fanatic, but once I get hung up on something in a book, that's it, I can't really let it go. The low rating for this book is based on one huge pet peeve of mine: Also, I might throw in "extremely unrealistic and weird-sounding dialogue", "unrealistic events Hollywood movie style" and "generally zero credibility".
I never for a second while reading this bo This book seriously annoyed me. I never for a second while reading this book forgot that I was reading a book and that it was all "made up". That was pretty obvious. Regardless of all those minor issues , from the very moment the Norwegian Nils Borkman appears on stage, this book was pretty much ruined for me.
How many times does the author need to repeat that Nils is Norwegian or Scandinavian, and that he's depressed or suicidal? Every single time well, except for when he says "mortally mere" instead of "merely mortal" or "something saying" instead of "saying something", which are also mistakes that make little sense to make for a Scandinavian.
That is apparently the only issue this foreigner has with the English language. He takes a composite word - all of them, basically - and switches the order of the words around.
Hah, hilarious! Because Norwegian is not a language closely related to English with those same goddamned words with the same goddamned order in them? Those are not mistakes a Norwegian would make. Seriously, if you, as an author, are going to make this a major character trait of a character, then do some research. Or how about "stereo sex-types" when in Norwegian, it's "seksuelle stereotyper".
Not very different. Every single time there was a scene with Nils, I just waited for his obligatory mistake and got equally annoyed every time they appeared and were as stupid as the last one. After reading this book, I will never, ever use the expression "It suffices to say" again it appears 6 times! I may also never read another Irving book, even though I loved The world according to Garp. Segunda vez que leo esta novela. May 07, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: This is a very John Irving John Irving book.
He has elevated "write what you know" to an art form. There's a boy with a single mother and an absent father see also Owen Meany, Garp. He grows up to be a writer Garp. There's a character whose every sentence is cried rather than spoken Owen Meany. And of course, lots of wrestling.
That's just the physical resemblance. Stylistically, I was impressed as always by his ability to weave time backward and forward. Other familiarities grated a bit.
With the time-weaving comes a certain amount of necessary reminder, but I thought he didn't trust his reader enough, and spelled out every conclusion even when the event being referenced was fresh in my mind.
There were certain words and phrases that he italicized every time he used them, which also felt like it was meant to serve as a reminder to a neglectful reader. There were multiple characters with the same strange psychological affliction in which they could not pronounce certain words. Every character seemed to have a habit of discussing words separate from their meanings: To address the subject matter, this is the story of one man's life, and specifically his sexual development as a bisexual man.
Irving has done an interesting thing here. If this book had been a gay author's first novel, I think it would be filed under "gay fiction" and would not reach a mainstream audience.
Irving has a particular bully pulpit. He has a chance to reach a mainstream audience that he has already inured to shock, and then see if they are actually inured. I only guess at his desire to shock because of the italics and the fact that most of the beats of the story concern sexual reveals. Or perhaps that is meant to be Billy's writing style, since Billy is a novelist himself.
The characters don't always ring true, which might also be a product of Billy's style rather than John Irving's. She was treated as fragile and perhaps even mentally challenged, with minimal development beyond those characteristics; she seemed to be universally scorned or pitied. Also, I found it a little hard to believe that this many members of a single family turned out gay, and this many people in a single small town ended up with the same particular and specific proclivities repeating.
I can't tell if he's implying the cause lies with Shakespeare or genetics. In one family there are two men who enjoy wearing women's clothing one gay, one straight , one bisexual man, one lesbian. It almost felt like he was trying a little too hard. May 18, Melissa rated it liked it.
This book started off strong, but ultimately was dissatisfying. That doesn't make sense! Sometimes the words were something like "penis," but other times, it was a word like "shadow. That's interesting and unusual. Most people's speech impedi This book started off strong, but ultimately was dissatisfying.
Most people's speech impediment is not based upon individual words they cannot say, so this is an interesting defining character bit. I mean, WHAT?? Tom, who goes to his same high school with him, can't say "time"??
Then there are some kids later when he's an adult who also can't say random words? I'm sorry, no. That does not work for me. But why did Bill have to always call words "the time word" or "the penis word. I mean, come on. Now, I know, a lot of people are gay or transgendered. But it was too much damn coincidence. It struck me as pure absurdity.
You know what else? Some gay men didn't die of AIDS in the 80's. I swear. Many survived, uninfected. But you wouldn't know that from this book.
But, also, I basically enjoyed the book. Bill narrates that Elaine, despite constantly writing, had only written one book, which he believed was better than any of his own books. Sounds like Harper Lee, right? Also, it's a really great book for opening minds about male bisexuality. If you listen to as many Savage Lovecasts as I do, you know that there is a lot of suspicion about the actual existence of bisexual men -- people think they're gay but not willing to let go of their ability to pass as straight.
But this book gives decent insight into how a man can have attractions that vary, honestly. That's a worthwhile public service. It was a pretty entertaining book, even if it didn't always make a hell of a lot of sense. There are certainly worse books to invest your time in reading. Apr 02, DT rated it it was amazing. Garp, Franny Berry, Dr. Billy's transformation from scared and uncertain boy, from shame to pride -- nicely reflected in the "behind the scenes" goings one, with a production of "The Tempest" -- is handled with compassion and humor by Irving, whose deftness with plot and dialogue and character development only gets better with time.
In fact, the character of Miss Frost is the second, very welcome, revelation character-wise where Irving's latest novel is concerned. While longtime readers might see certain similarities shared between Miss Frost and Roberta Muldoon of "Garp" , Miss Frost is a far more complicated character. For Billy, Miss Frost plays many roles in his life, all of them good and wise and kind. And the secondary, or supporting, characters in this novel are likewise interesting.
Elaine, in some ways, follows in the line of assertive women lovers, or would-be lovers, found in many other Irving novels: With their continuous negative statements and observations, Victoria, Muriel, and, eventually, Mary are almost the complete opposites of Granny Wheelwright, Tabitha and Martha.
A side note: One has to ask, Why do these "nattering nabobs" never "whing" about painters who revisit images?
There are no bears! Why is Irving writing about a serial killer? And so on]. And, coming as it does during a time when Americans are experiencing increased intolerance of people's sexuality just check out the news some time -- the stories out of Washington, D.
May 07, Jessica rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Recommended to Jessica by: Review crossposted to www.
He writes journeys. I once read a director I believe quoted regarding adapting A Widow for One Year for film The Door in the Floor that adaptations of John Irving novels ought to be considered an art forum unto themselves. Certainly, the scope alone makes adaptation difficult--we meet William "Bill" Abbott at age fifteen in the beginning of the novel, and at the end he's seventy. But the beauty of Irving is that he can make a sixty-year journey in the same head a worthwhile read.
The writing: Irving's writing is somehow always magnificent. There are many literary fiction writers I otherwise adore but whose prose in places can't hold my attention; that was not the case here. In this, the writing does its work best bringing to life the incredible cast of characters; and importantly, the fluidity of gender and sexuality among them.
Often in writers' circles, you'll hear talk of "How do you write a man if you're a woman writer" or vice versa. Well, how do you write a bisexual man surrounded by characters who are transgendered, cisgendered, straight, gay and everything in between? If you're Irving, the answer is "You write them well. Another Goodreads reviewer describes Bill as a cipher, and I'm not sure that's entirely inaccurate here. Although I certainly didn't find him a weak character by any means, it is much more fun in this novel to watch the colorful people who populate his world, such as Elaine, Kittredge and Miss Frost.
But to me, this makes sense for this book. The immediacy of the first-person narrator means that we see the world through Bill's eyes, and really, he slowly comes to the realizations he does about himself as he discovers the private lives of those around him. So, yes. Bill himself isn't a take-charge, bust-the-walls down kind of narrator.
But it's exactly that process that makes the novel so interesting. The plot: However, and perhaps it's because it's been a few years, this one felt more twisty to me, but in a very good way. My only minor quibble with the plot and it's only a quibble which came to me several weeks after I finished the book , was that in some ways, the things which happened to the other characters were too convenient.
I'm gung-ho for books which challenge heteronormativity, but let's face it, there are a lot of boring, straight people in the world and there conveniently weren't very many in Bill's. Upon thinking about it again, I found that odd--but as I was swept up in reading the book over the course of a weekend, I didn't notice it one bit. When I finished this book, I immediately jumped on my phone and tweeted about what a wonderful read it was and how sad I was to finish.
Irving doesn't write novels, he writes journeys, and I found Bill Abbott's journey to be a journey more than worth taking. Rounded down for the coincidental character bit.
I'd heard of John Irving naturally but I'd never read any of his books, quite possibly never would have either if not for GoodReads. The number of ratings and high average scores told me enough to know he's a popular author. So when I saw some of his books at bargain prices I decided to give him a try.
I bought two titles but in all honesty they could have remained unread for months or years given the huge backlog of TBR titles on my shelves. Then a couple of ladies in BT were commenting on how I'd heard of John Irving naturally but I'd never read any of his books, quite possibly never would have either if not for GoodReads. Then a couple of ladies in BT were commenting on how much they love his books so I decided to bring him forward and I wasn't disappointed.
This book was about Bill Abbott and we heard about his life from roughly the age of 13 until he was approaching If asked that old question "what was it about?
It's about his life as a bisexual man, about his family, his friends and his lovers. Importantly it's about his opinion of himself and how others treated him.
It's about two early "crushes" or fixations he had and how they followed him through life. It's about the AIDS epidemic and what it was like to live through such an experience whilst many of your friends and even lovers were dying of the disease. In the story Bill was an author and one of his live in lovers and very dear lifelong friend Larry described Bill as " To me that perfectly summed up how I felt about John Irvings writing in this novel. Another line in the book was " before you can write anything you have to notice something ".
This writing was so convincing either John Irving really was writing a memoir style book which he wasn't because I Googled to check or his powers of observation must be impeccable. And for one last quote that described the way I read when I'm particularly enjoying a book. Miss Frost Bills first and longest love acused him of " Her advice was to slow down and savor, don't gorge.
I think I gorged I definitely gorged but I'm sure that now it's finished I'll will continue to savour and will look forward to many more John Irving books. Apr 15, Julie rated it liked it Shelves: I wish I could give this another star or two, just because it's Irving, but really he is not wearing well. The infinite parenthetical commentary like there's always something else to add becomes very irritating.
So why I ask doesn't he just construct a full sentence and add it into the flow? The resultant prose if one could call it that becomes very choppy making one almost seasick with the rising and falling of voice.