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The Imaginary Girlfriend: A Memoir Paperback – 1 Mar 1997
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"Interesting and surprising revelations" (Michael Moran Literary Review)
"His "inexpressible personal opinions" as a critic are wonderful, slaying many a sacred cow" (Tobias Jones Spectator)
"The patent sincerity of his passion gives an appealing authenticity to this memoir... compelling and alive" (Andrew Rosenheim The Times Literary Supplement)
"Irving can transform sex and violence mythology with the best of 'em" (Adrianne Blue Independent on Sunday)
"Concise, original and enjoyable" (The Times)
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The reader is taken through Irving's wrestling and academic/writing career meticulously, but personal details to do with his family are virtually omitted (there are fleeting references to his parents and wives), although he does describe his sons' wrestling accolades with great pride and affection.
I enjoyed the book because Irving's gift for describing characters shines through, as we are introduced to friends and colleagues he has met during his lifetime. I finished the book feeling as if I had known some of them personally.
If you admire Irving's work, you will probably like this book; otherwise I would suggest that you stick to reading his fiction (all of which is fantastic).
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It was depressing because it was so off and so not what I had become used to. Am reading his autobiography now and enjoying it so much more.