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Until I Find You by John Irving
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Oct 12, 11

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I have read many many many John Irving books and this one is unequivocally my favorite. It's also the John Irving book that seems to incite the most vitriol. And I don't know why. It's a simple story about a man, a man searching for his father, and searching for himself. It's a road novel, back and forth and back and forth over Europe and America the mother and son characters move. It's also about the history of tattoos and you get to learn all the nifty language and parlance and colloquialisms of a fasciating sub-culture. But most of all it is about how our memories decieve us, they lie to us. And how our parents lie to us and decieve us. And how when we're young, when you're innocent and green and wide-eyed and naive you aren't aware of the wierdness that surrounds you. That surrounds your parents. You think it's normal. This huge sprawling novel reminds me of one line from Alan Moore's Lost Girls.

"You see, there's the way things seem and the way things actually are, and one is so often the total reverse of the other."
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“In increments both measurable and not, our childhood is stolen from us -- not always in one momentous event but often in a series of small robberies, which add up to the same loss.”
John Irving, Until I Find You

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It's my favourite Irving novel too, such is the ambition, scope and scale of the book.

Even when he's below par, there is still much in his fiction that is affecting and effective. While an oddly-constructed novel, *Last Night in Twisted River* has much that still lives on in my mind. *The Fourth Hand*, on the other hand, does deserve a bit of a kicking as it is very poor. Or I missed the point. Probably the latter.

Looking forward to next year's new novel from Irving, too...

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