'John Irving has been compared with Kurt Vonnegut and J.D. Salinger, but is arguably more inventive than either. Wry, laconic, he sketches his characters with an economy that springs from a feeling for words and mastery over his craft.' The Times 'Irving has a literary style similar to a snowball effect: with each novel he creates symbols and develops themes to accompany those he has already accumulated. Grief, loss, abortion amputation, sex, children, America's political history and the power of foresight are all explored' Observer 'Irving's novels are not just page-turners. Time and again, he forces his readers to consider important social issues - war, rape, incest, the fragmentation of the family, feminism, the culture of celebrity - in a way reminiscent of Dickens As ever Irving is peerless at presenting action, writing without a wasted second.' Guardian 'The most important American humourist to appear in the last ten years' Kurt Vonnegut
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A tragic-comic classic from one of the world's greatest living writers.
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