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The Man In The Window

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  827 ratings  ·  136 reviews
A poignant, darkly comic novel by the author of Max Lakeman and the Beautiful Stranger. A disfigured man stays in the safety of his parents' house for 16 years--until a fateful accident causes him to meet the woman who changes his life. "A gentle romantic fantasy of piercing and eccentric beauty".--Boston Globe. Optioned for a film by Scott Rudin (Flatliners).
Published February 1st 1993 by Warner Books (NY)
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Utterly unique in every way. I LOVED and I will always LOVE this book.

"The Man in the Window" was quirky, off beat, and written in a way that carried me through like riding waves of all sorts, and I never had a "wipe out" - high praise from me because I'm a very picky reader.

Denise Vasak
I feel cheated. I was sold a charming, albeit sad, love story; what I got was a mess of stories that really didn't have that much to do with the blurb on the back of the book.

The descriptions says:

"Since he was disfigured in a fire sixteen years ago, recluse Louis Malone has remained hidden from the prying eyes of his neighbors in the small town of Waverly.

Across town, Iris Shula, a lonely and unlovely nurse, knows at thirty-seven it is unlikely that her Prince Charming will ever appear. But Ir
I received a copy of this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.

I just finished reading this book this afternoon. I'm not even sure how to review it. It was very unique. I totally loved it. It was a heartwarming page-turner that was laugh out loud funny. I really enjoyed getting to know the other characters, like Gracie, Atlas, and Arnie, even though clearly it was Iris and Louis that were the main focus. Getting to know those other characters too was integral in getting to know Iris and Louis. By the en
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This book was a total surprise.
The synopsis did not do this book justice.
I feel in love with the coupling of the two main characters.
Brenda Coody Leon
This book was a kindle monthly deal. I downloaded it thinking it sounded cute and quirky, but was not sure what to expect. As it happens, I wound up being blown away. I cannot say enough good things about this book, and from this day forward, it will be one of my most highly recommended books. I laughed out loud over many parts, and cried over some as well.

It is really difficult to describe the plot of this book. Louis is a burn victim and recluse. Iris is a nurse who is very short, overweight,
A Simon & Schuster sale brought this book to my attention. The story description + steady reviews of 4 & 5 stars enticed me to buy. Then another sale happened & I'm encouraged to spend just a little bit more and purchase the audio book, too. So, I've bought this book twice. And I although hated it I stuck it out to the very end because I. Bought. This. Book. Twice.

This author just rambles and drones on forever! He certainly has a unique idea for a plot, but he kills the story by dra
Jenna Anderson
I received a complimentary copy of this book via Goodreads giveaways.

Such a unique and quirky story. Each character was vivid and special in their own way - some I liked, some not so much... But that was the beauty of the writing.

I found myself laughing at things I shouldn't. Wishing for encounters and breakthroughs. I wanted everyone to have a happy ending right from the start.

And Johnny Depp.... Louise needs to be played by Johnny Depp if a movie is ever filmed.

I plan to suggest this title
Aaron Mcquiston
As a healthcare worker, understanding ER and ICU and how nurses deal with things, I enjoyed a majority of this book based on the merit he has for telling the inner workings of a hospital correctly instead of just turning it into Grey's Anatomy Hollywood trickery. Even with little touches of secret healthcare lingo (Code Brown and The Fifth Floor for example), he really turns this into a shining example of an authentic retelling of hospital life. For this part, he had my attention.

I have always
I wish I knew where I found out about this book. I would have to agree with many of the reviews that the blurb really doesn't represent the book at all. I suppose it is a love story ultimately, but Louis and Iris are really only in the same place about 5% of the book.

That isn't why I rated it 3 stars. I think it just wasn't written in a style that I respond to favorably. It was slightly humorous, but not laugh out loud funny for me. Some of the characters were interesting (and human which I app
The Man in the Window by Jon Cohen features a cast of characters all living in one small town with a monster. Of course, Louis isn't really a monster, but some of his neighbors have begun to think of him that way. As a teenager, Louis was terribly burned in a fire that caused his face to become unrecognizable. His mother and father, Atlas and Grace have spent the last sixteen years caring for him, but Louis has become a recluse. He is never without his hat and purple scarf even at home and he al ...more
Stefani Akins
Sometimes, only sometimes, a book gets tossed into your lap that turns out to be something special. This is one of those books. It begins with the best opening chapter I have ever encountered and continues on in the same manner, unfurling slowly, revealing a new tiny treasure in each successive chapter. I literally could not put it down. I am too enthralled to give you a synopsis without potential spoilers, so look elsewhere for that. Inevitably, you will find The Man in the Window described as ...more
Kayla Anderson
When I read the description I was eager to jump into this book. I was about 45% into the book before I couldn't put it down. The author builds on every character's emotions. I had a heartfelt connection to everyone in this story. Once I came to the realization that this book wasn't what I expected-I'm not sure what I expected, but this wasn't it-I let go of my expectations and embraced it.

It was soooooooooooo funny! I literally laughed out loud at a few really funny parts and laughed internally
This was a strange little story. A bit surreal at times from the opening when Atlas views the angel under the horse chestnut tree until the end when Louis propels himself into the world and the waiting arms of Iris. The story also has quite a bit of humor especially the characters of the neighborhood who are all just a little bit odd. The main story, though, is about Louis. A man/child who was disfigured in a fire at sixteen and has been isolated in his home for 16 years. After the death of his ...more
Shelly Itkin
Mismatched? Only Chance? Fate? Desperation? Love? These are some of the questions you will ask yourself after reading this story.

Louis Malone has not left his home in sixteen years since a terrible accident occurred, scaring his face during a horrible fire. When his father, Atlas passes away he finally leaves the house to attend the funeral and then returns to his prison on Waverly Place. The monster, now 32 goes back to looking out the window as life is passing him by.

In a strange accident he m
This was a quirky book that I didn't quite know what to make of. It centers on two families: the Malone family (the book opens with the death of the patriarch), and the Shulas, Iris and her one-armed father. Louis Malone was terribly burned at the age of 16, and has spent the years since then observing the world from his window, but never leaving the house, until he leaves for his father's funeral. Meanwhile, Iris is a nurse, and a very good one, but she's rather unattractive, and people tend no ...more
Amy Vey
Awesome book! My favorite line in the book was: "Arnie, my dear, the beauty of being old is that one is unable to take a good look." What a wonderful story about how we live, how we perceive dying, and what happens to us in the middle as well. A worth while read!
I was initially intrigued by the description of the book (and it was cheap on Kindle). I was somewhat disappointed by it. It was sort of a mishmash of a story. At times, the story would go somewhere really great and then drop off and then pick up later. Even so, it was not difficult to follow. I kept hoping that it would do something else, unidentifiable, but it never did. The characters are not well developed. The writer makes assumptions about how we are to know and understand people he barely ...more
Molly Campbell
This was both a beautiful book and a beautifully written book. I will never forget it. It is one of those books that vibrates with supressed emotions and deep loneliness. One that touches the soul.
Sonia Sherrod
Beautiful and humorous love story set in a small town of quirky, but caring people. Told tenderly with a touch of spiritual magic. A quick and uplifting read and laugh out loud moments.
Mina Singh
Interesting book. I was a bit apprehensive to read it at first as I thought it would be more on the sad, which it is, but it also quite humourous. Although the book is about 2 characters in particular, Louis and Iris there are a number of very interesting supporting characters. This is not your typical love story. Louis was badly injured in a fire when he was a teenager and Iris is described as being a short homely person. But, despite those not so typical physical characteristics, both characte ...more
Louis and Iris, another classic couple in a very non-traditional manner: Louis with his burns and hiding from the world; Iris with her non-beauty but meeting the world head on.
Louis has a badly burned face which happened when he was a teenager. He's never left his house ever since. Iris is a nurse who isn't very pretty. When they meet something changes for both of them.
I liked this unusual love story. The main characters weren't perfect and that was a nice change. Louis doesn't want anyone to see him and only lives through what he can see from his window, that's a pretty miserable existence. Iris is a nurse who doesn't think she'll ever find a man, which is sad. They
Nice quirky novel until the end, which I hated. A disfigured man, a recently widowed Mother, an old man falling into dementia, and the ugliest nurse in the world (in her opinion) come together in what is really a delicious and funny tale. The hospital bits with Iris Shula are priceless.

This is a Nancy Pearl "rediscovery" And if you don't know Nancy Pearl, go immediately to read her books and pretty much anything she recommends. You may not like every one, but she is a librarian whose broad cath
Cheryl Bouckaert
A Beautiful Book

This book is a perfect book for those of us who seem to always feel a bit insecure about some characteristic of our looks, our character, etc. This book reminds us to focus on the little things that really matter, and to acknowledge that we're all imperfect in some way. I loved the character of Iris, and the beautiful way she comes to love "the perfect man" for her. A funny, beautiful book that truly captured my heart! I wasn't sure I was going to like this book when I first star
Donna Y Graves

What a wonderful book! Even tho it was painfully sad to imagine such a terrible thing happening to Louis, he found a way to keep on living...his own way of surviving...right up to the unexpected ending. To find a way of living through emotional and physical pain..he made his own way through the unimaginable yet had such an awesome view of his world through his window. I loved the characters and their personalities. I think if you choose to read this book, it might make you a bit more carin
Charming. Wonderfully flawed, realistic characters.
I love picking up inexpensive books on amazon - that's how I came upon this wonderful book! Beautifully written. Funny. Sad. Even a bit contrived at times. but the characters! How can you NOT root for Louis & Iris? How can you NOT want for them everything that's been denied them? And the rest - the parents, the neighbors, even the ER doc. All so skillfully drawn. I felt enveloped by it's warmth, touched to my very soul by the longing. And then just as quickly, laughing out loud at the way th ...more
I just loved this book!
Book originally published in 1992; slightly changed ending [from both former U.S. and U.K. versions].

Intriguing story, but I'm not happy with the "up in the air" ending. I don't find it clever so much as frustrating that the ending is so abrupt that this reader, who had invested herself in the book (and who really, really liked the story) could not figure out what happened. Was Louis forgetting about his mother standing nearby? Was Iris's no-nonsense advice consistent with her nurse's training?
I must put a little disclaimer on this review. I cut my reading teeth on my mother’s cheap Harlequin Romance novels from the 70′s and 80′s. Even today I count Loving Rescue by Dixie Browning as one of my top 50 favorite books because it evokes a particular time of neon plastic accessories popular during the early 90′s and being utterly clueless to anything to do with the male anatomy. While The Man in the Window had a noticeable lack of “milky breasts” and “engorged members,” it still had the fe ...more
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