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on 14 August 2017
I find the book boring.
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on 27 March 2013
I'm a massive John Irving fan so am completely biased. This book was as great on my kindle as I remember it as a book. His stories always have so much going on and I love the leaps backward and forward in the story line.
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on 5 April 2014
Having read Son of the Circus, I had trouble putting down, I thought I would give The Fourth Hand a try.
Not quite as unput down able as Son of the Circus but stoll a good read.
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on 1 November 2016
genius !
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on 23 May 2017
casually fun science reading
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on 6 June 2016
Easy read
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on 10 January 2016
as described
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on 29 May 2017
Good quality and I get it before time.
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on 8 December 2014
good
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on 8 July 2001
For a John Irving novel, this book is an 'easy read' and more lightweight than previous novels. It has traditional Irving trademarks - eccentricity, twists in the plot, coincidences (for example, the 'left hand' fertility symbol), loss and grief. There are some recurring themes, e.g. a Father's love for his son, but it is still refreshingly original - with the loss, gain and loss of a 'hand' being the central story. Patrick Wallingford isn't immediately likeable, but this is his story, and you grow to like him more throughout the book, and begin to hope that he finds his way, developing into more than the somewhat shallow, good-looking 'lion guy'. This novel will not give you the same gut-wrenching feeling as Owen Meany or Garp, but it is so, so much better than other books around. Well worth reading more than once.
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