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message 1: by Diane (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:51AM) (new)

Diane  (dianedj) I am a huge John Irving fan (especially his early works), and I never put a book aside without finishing it...except for this one. Couldn't get past page 21. I'd love to hear from someone that I should give it another go.....


message 2: by Christen (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:51AM) (new)

Christen | 61 comments LOL Diane - this one sat on my shelf for years until I finally decided to release it! I never really tried to read it...something held me back. Now I am glad.


message 3: by Marsha (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:51AM) (new)

Marsha | 9 comments Son of the Circus is Dickensian and hard to get into but a fabulous novel and well worth reading. I love John Irving, and this is my favourite of his.


message 4: by Diane (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:51AM) (new)

Diane  (dianedj) Thanks Christen and Marsha! I said I was hoping someone would tell me to give it another go and Marsha did, even stating that it's your favorite. I thought Garp was brilliant, and I loved Widow for One Year...what do you think Christen are you more intrigued after Marsha's comment?


message 5: by Christen (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:52AM) (new)

Christen | 61 comments I used to really like Irving...in fact there was a time I would've probably called him "My Favorite Author". While that is no longer the case, I may give Son of a Circus a try. I did like Widow for One Year although I thought he wasn't very good at writing from a woman's perspective.

Oh hey did another ever read one of his latest...I think it was called Until I Find You...it has a tattoo on the cover. That one always intrigued me.


message 6: by Xysea (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:52AM) (new)

Xysea  (xysea) I gave Widow for One Year to my mother - she liked it. She also like A Prayer For Owen Meany and Cider House Rules...I thought they were both okay, not loathsome - but I'm certainly no devotee..

I probably will skip Son...


message 7: by Diane (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:57AM) (new)

Diane  (dianedj) I have Until I Find You, but have not yet read it. I'd be interested to hear others' thoughts. I should have called this topic John Irving instead of Son of A Circus!!


message 8: by Marsha (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:57AM) (new)

Marsha | 9 comments I read Until I Find You last year and loved it. I don't want to give too much away, but suffice it to say that it will surprise you.


message 9: by Marsha (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:57AM) (new)

Marsha | 9 comments Diane, do read Until I Find You. I had it sitting around here for quite awhile. Kept on avoiding it for some reason, but then picked it up and started and was thoroughly engrossed. The end of the story isn't what you think it might be from the first half. Very good novel.


message 10: by Diane (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:57AM) (new)

Diane  (dianedj) Hi Marsha, like you I've had it sitting around for a long time, since it came out actually. And like you I can't say why I haven't started it....but i'll try to prioritize it. thanks for your thoughts on it!


message 11: by John (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:39PM) (new)

John I really liked it; it's the only one of his I've read.


message 12: by Diane (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:41PM) (new)

Diane  (dianedj) If you liked Son, you shoud read The World According to Garp....his first book, I believe, and it pretty much put Irving on the map.


message 13: by Jess (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:41PM) (new)

Jess | 7 comments I liked Until I Find You, but I am not sure if I'll pick it up again. Most of Irving's books I will definitely read again! Have not read Son of the Circus yet, but now I am intruiged whether I'll love it (like Owen Meany and Garp) or or not (Fourth Hand, 158 Lb. Marriage.)


message 14: by Bethany (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:45PM) (new)

Bethany I was a huge John Irving fan, and read all his books until just recently (Widow for One Year was the last I read). Son of a Circus had a really tough beginning, but I found that when I got to the end, all the work was worth it! I would recommend giving it another go. It came close to being as good as Prayer for Owen Meany.


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