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Understanding John Irving

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Hardcover, 157 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by University of South Carolina Press (first published 1991)
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Terri Jacobson
This small volume of literary criticism analyzes the first seven novels written by John Irving: Setting Free the Bears, The Water-Method Man, The 158-Pound Marriage, The World According to Garp, The Hotel New Hampshire, The Cider House Rules, and A Prayer for Owen Meany.

The book starts with a basic biography of John Irving, and then goes on to analyze the biographical elements of his fiction. These include private New England prep schools, athletics in the form of wrestling or body building, a s
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Jamie
Mar 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Sometimes I like to read criticism about authors as I read their books. Thanks, Chicago Public Library! John Irving, while one of my favorites, is definitely not someone who requires much criticism, as proven by this little volume. There's not as much to parse in his novels as in those of, say, Pynchon or Nabokov (previous entries into this pantheon of writers I read about), but I enjoyed this.

Turns out I can read his criticism faster than his actual novels.
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