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The Fourth Hand by John Irving
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Jun 21, 2010

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Read in December, 2009

The one thing I can tell you for sure, is that Irving loves to write. This is my first Irving and I can feel how much he just loves to write. He is a natural. The best thing about reading this book was knowing that Irving has better books than this. I liked the book. I gave it 4/5 stars. I would like to have given it 3.5 stars but I upped it because I know Irving can be better.

This is about a journalist who loses his hand to a lion, live on public television. The story follows his love life and his attempt to get a hand transplant. I thought it was a bunch of different things to say the least. It was a love story, a comedy, nonfiction (so it seemed at times), and just simply a novel. Irving seems to be a very interesting character and has a very broad and creative imagination. He was meant to be a writer. I am glad that I own about 5 other books of his.

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12/23/2009 page 51
12/30/2009 page 128
40.89% "haven't really accomplished much but I moving along"
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm glad you liked this! I remember when it came out it was trashed pretty hard but I was quite captured.

Donna There were times when I thought I wasn't going to like it but I rated it on my overall feelings towards the book. I mainly thought that it was a very creative concept.

message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Yes, a creative concept indeed!

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