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In One Person by John Irving
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May 13, 12

Read in May, 2012

I unapologetically loved this book. Is it flawed? Yes. Does it revisit any number of tropes that Irving has visited and revisited again and again? Sure. BUt ultimately, by the end of the book I FELT something. I felt that attention had been paid to something that needed attention paid to it. Yes, I did find Kitteridge's transformation a ltlle hard to take. It did not ring true to me. But the rest really, really did. I read Janet Maslin's review in the New York Times and I felt that she was actually scoffing at Irving's fans, more than she was reviewing the book. Then, Jeanette Winterson reviewed it this week and I think she captured the essence of the book much more completely than did Maslin. The book I read directly after this one was Winterson's book Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, and they both had me thinking on similar tangents--about mothers, about "normal", about human connection..
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