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This is an alternate cover edition for isbn: 9026952392 / 9789026952395

Om af te komen van een afwijking aan zijn urinekanaal kiest Fred Trumper voor de watermethode - veel drinken voor en na het vrijen -, echter zonder veel succes zodat hij uiteindelijk toch besluit tot een operationele ingreep.
Hij is nog maar net geholpen of hij meent dat zijn vriendinnetje Tulpen hem bed
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Paperback, 420 pages
Published 1992 by Agathon (first published 1972)
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Edward Lorn
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of mature immature comedy
Shelves: paperbacks
I've spoken with several Irving aficionados concerning the finer points of reading John Irving. It is almost universally decided that his first three novels were the throwaways (the practice sessions, if you will) of an author trying to find his voice. Not terrible, unreadable drivel. But basic novels without a cemented voice. Having read Setting Free the Bears, I can almost see what my informants meant. Almost. While The Water-Method Man feels and reads nothing like Irving's debut novel, I can ...more
Sharon
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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this book is so unique in that it's absolutely not what you would expect from john irving. It's only his second or third book, and you can see the beginnings of Garp in it, but it's so simple and streamlined compared to some of his later work. It's a sweet, funny story with extremely memorable characters - in fact, I can't believe it hasn't been made into a movie yet. I think it's crying out to be. A movie about a book about the making of a movie.
Also, it made me start going around flipping my
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Allie Riley
To be honest, I found this novel something of a confusing jumble. It flits between first and third person narrative, the places Vienna, Iowa, New York and Maine and is continually moving back and forward in time. The beginning is promising enough - PhD student Fred 'Bogus' Trumper consults renowned urologist Dr Jean Claude Vigneron about a particularly painful dose of "clap" with which he has been afflicted, so it would seem, since he was a teenager. Not being enthusiastic about a possible surgi ...more
Peter Boysen
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When R.E.M. recently broke up, it occurred to me that I hadn't bought one of their CD's (or downloaded any of their songs for my iPod, now that CD's are passe), since "Automatic for the People" -- which was released in 1992. Everything else was from "Out of Time," "Green," "Document," or "Life's Rich Pageant" -- all released between 1986 and 1991. That means that their last seven albums never made it onto my radar.

Some of this has to do with the fact that I adopted many of my favorite songs betw
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Maggie
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Technically a 2.5 star rating.

I'm a big big fan of Irving's later books (Garp, Owen Meany, Cider House Rules, Until I Find You) so I was intrigued to read one of his earlier works. But, it was nowhere as good, which I should have expected. This was choppier and more uneven/inconsistent than I'm used to from Irving, and his storytelling skill is not nearly as good/compelling as it becomes.

Irving obviously naturally gravitates towards flawed, quirky characters, but in this book had not yet quite h
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christa
i want to read this because the main character has frequent urinary tract infections. but i cannot get into it.
Keri
Dec 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of his earlier books, and it is amazingly written. The first sentence alone still makes me shake my head in wonder.
Thomas Strömquist
The second book by Irving is a stumbling step forward (from Setting Free the Bears), but this is still for completistst only I think. Sex-obsessed and way to bizarro to be a truly enjoyable read.
Fred
May 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised in reading this early John Irving novel to find so many precursors of the documentary style I first encountered in The World According to Garp. In addition to both first-person and third-person passages of narrative, the book is filled with letters, bits of film scripts, translations of a supposed Nordic epic, and other bits of ephemera. Irving's liberal doses of humor, much of it morose if not actually dark, are also on display, as is his skill at creating memorable, ...more
Erin
Dec 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed by The Water-Method Man, which is John Irving's second book. No agent would be able to sell this book today; the story is interesting, but the execution is weak. Irving's prose is confusing and inconsistent, with jumps from first to third person and seemingly random changes in POV. Furthermore, the narrative has so many flashbacks that it is difficult to follow what is happening now, versus one year ago, versus two, three or four years ago.

The main character, Fred "Bogus" Trum
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JOHN IRVING was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942. His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, was published in 1968, when he was twenty-six. He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, and coached wrestling until he was forty-seven.
Mr. Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times—winning once, in 1980, for his novel The World According to Garp. He received an O. Henry Award
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