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A shade disappointing for Irving,
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I always look forward to a new book by John Irving. Reading 'Hotel New Hampshire' in my teens is still such a vivid memory for me, and I have been hooked on his work ever since. It is fair to say that over the years the quality of his work has varied quite widely and some books are way, way better than others, but he is never not interesting.
This latest book is really not one of my favourites. I enjoy his writing about people on the periphery of society. I love that he tackles differences in gender and sexuality so openly and frankly, but this novel seemed rather laboured and he did bang on a bit. The story itself, which could have been magnificent, peopled as it is by his usual cast of freaks and outsiders, who always capture the imagination, seemed drowned by the weight of polemic in what was effectively a four hundred page rant about sexuality. I stuck with it to the end because I love Irving dearly, but unlike some of his other work, this is not one of his books that I will be rereading.
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Initial post: 19 Jun 2013 12:06:43 BDT
Amazon Customer says:
Exactly my thoughts! My first Irving book was The World According to Garp in 1982 and I read most other books because they make you think and laugh at the same time. This book was a bit slow, a bit too long and too much about sexuality for my liking.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2013 18:32:41 BDT
Mrs. K. A. Wheatley says:
I hope his next one will be back on form. He generally pulls it out the bag again after a tricky one.
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