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In One Person By John Irving,

  • Title: In One Person
  • Author: John Irving
  • ISBN: 9781451664126
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Hardcover
  • His most daringly political, sexually transgressive, and moving novel in well over a decade Vanity Fair.Winner of a 2013 Lambda Literary AwardA New York Times bestselling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love tormented, funny, and affecting and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences Billy, the bisexual narHis most daringly political, sexually transgressive, and moving novel in well over a decade Vanity Fair.Winner of a 2013 Lambda Literary AwardA New York Times bestselling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love tormented, funny, and affecting and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story lasting than half a century of his life as a sexual suspect, a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of terminal cases, The World According to Garp.In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy s friends and lovers a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself worthwhile.
    In One Person His most daringly political sexually transgressive and moving novel in well over a decade Vanity Fair Winner of a Lambda Literary AwardA New York Times bestselling novel of desire secrecy and

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    1. There is a scene near the end of John Irving s latest novel, In One Person,in which a character who is a writer is confronted I ve read all your books and I know what you do I mean, in your writing You make all these sexual extremes seem normal that is what you do Like Gee, that girl, or whatever she is or what she s becoming You create these characters who are so sexually different, as you might call them or fucked up, which is what I would call them and then you expect us to sympathize with th [...]

    2. Rating 3.75 of five The Publisher Says A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love tormented, funny, and affecting and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story lasting than half a century of his life as a sexual suspect, a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of terminal cases, The World According to Garp His [...]

    3. Look, here it is I just have to say this, young Kittredge said he almost couldn t look at me i don t know you, I admit I don t have a clue who my father really was, either, But I ve read all your books, and I know what you do I mean, in your writing You make all these sexual extremes seem normal that what you do Like Gee, that girl, or what she is or what she s becoming You create these characters who are so sexually different, as you might call them or fucked up, which is what I would call them [...]

    4. John Irving is a unique force in contemporary fiction He can be a brave and bold voice for fairness and common sense The complexity of his plots is matched by the quirkiness of his characters Sexual identity, with all its twists and permutations, would seem like a perfect fit for the Irving treatment Sadly, it is not This story is narrated by Bill Abbott, an impressionable adolescent who is struggling with his bisexuality at a repressive boarding school in the waning days of the 1950 s He comes [...]

    5. Got to page 102 and it was a struggle John Irving is a fine writer, but like many men his age, John Updike among them, he goes into his later years with one foot in the grave and one hand on his genitals I never read so much about breasts and penises in one place without anyone having actual sex This is fair he s the author and he can do what he wants But I m getting too old for this.

    6. As a graduate student I had a great interest in gender studies I thought that domain was where both the most interesting fiction and scholarship was happening Unfortunately while reading this novel, it seemed like it was intended a be political statement on gender studies filled with maxims about sexual difference The actual story was meandering and flat it needed to be about 150 pages shorter It should not take a novel 350 pages to become compelling I kept going because I knew Irving had someth [...]

    7. john, john, john you suck me in every time there s this matrix on now deleted, but preserved here skshk r 5BKP i am sure you have seen it the matrix makes me sigh and amuses me it s a conundrum near the end of the book, I felt like you were ticking boxes giving readers a list of socially important things to mull i don t take issue with the issuesey are important and need to be written about so that tolerance and acceptance become the normsi take issue with the fact this device is that what it wa [...]

    8. IN ONE PERSON 2012 John Irving I never thought that an Irving novel would get less than four stars, but this one, in my opinion, did I had lots of trouble with this novel right from the start We meet Billy, the hero of the novel Billy leads us along through his early life in the small town of First Sister, Vermont, where he grew up and met his first group of sexual rebels although that isn t apparent from early descriptions Billy, it turns out, is bisexual His problem is that he carries a load o [...]

    9. I am the editor and publisher of this novel Here s what I think about it We use the word great so often that we ve degraded its meaning Great haircut Great idea Great casserole So what can I say, without committing sins of hyperbole, about an author who truly does possess greatness IN ONE PERSON is John Irving s thirteenth novel Having closely read all of the others, I can say with some confidence that it is as relevant to our time and as satisfying a story as were THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP, T [...]

    10. I can remember the first time I heard anything about John Irving I was in college, at a family reunion My Dad had two cousins, spinsters, sisters ,never been married In their 70 s They were in something called a bookclub This was the early 80s I d never heard of a bookclub What was that They were talking about the different books they had been reading in their club,and all their members were about their age Except this one girl as they called her Now considering their age this girl could have be [...]

    11. DNF 36%I have decided to move on from this one There is just nothing in this story that keeps me interested, and that is a huge shame because the premise of the book a coming of age story of a young guy who discovers he is not fitting in with the people around him because of his outlook on life and his sexuality sounded somewhat intriguing.I have no idea what to expect, but after just over a third in the book, I just cannot buy into the story or the characters This is meant to be a tragic comedy [...]

    12. In One Person is the tragi comedic rollicking ride through the life of Bill Abbott a boy who has crushes on the wrong people , bisexual writer, graduate of Favourite River Academy in Vermont and finally successful novelist As is usually the case in John Irving s novels, it features a family of quirky characters, wrestling and tackles the subject of sexual identity Full of the usual suspects, the novel includes one with a speech impediment, a cross dresser, a lifelong best friend sometime lover, [...]

    13. I m going to have to say that this book is my least favorite of Irving s I can sum it up in three words Wash, Rinse, Repeat There were times when I thought I was reading A Prayer for Owen Meany Change the name of the narrator and the town, and instead of focusing on friendship and the Vietnam War, focus on homosexuality and the Aids Epidemic.Like I said wash, rinse, repeat.

    14. I am conflicted in my feelings about this book The tone of the story is everyday, and that serves to normalize the deviant sexualities on display This is sucessful, and in many ways, the point However , there is a strange tension between the hard to believe and the boring I found it hard to accept the high percentage of gay, cross dressing, or transgender people there is just one lesbian woman, Gerry in a small town, all of whom are connected somehow to Billy, the bisexual narrator Billy, who wr [...]

    15. I was a John Irving devotee for much of my life Since I first read Garp, I have been an avid fan of Irving s writing, and have enjoyed much of it But since The Fourth Hand, I ve been feeling somewhat cheated, and this latest novel was the last straw I confess I have not finished it, but I am so completely detached and disinterested in the story and characters I am not compelled to spend my time slogging through to the end On top of the familiar people and places New England town with a boys scho [...]

    16. I loved this big hearted novel that portrays the life trajectory of boy growing up bisexual in a small Vermont town in the 50 s and his erotic and personal transformations to old age Coming of age for Bill begins to veer in disturbing fashion by crushes on the wrong people These include a fellow private school student, who is a champion wrestler and actor in the town drama group, and older women such as the town librarian, Miss Frost Despite the usual homophobic repression and antagonism from th [...]

    17. Irving is known to tackle the tough issues of our times, sexuality, Vietnam, abortion, and in this novel gender crossing.Billy, the bi sexual narrator, is a successful author in his late sixties, who has had an upbringing and career not unlike Irving s, who is reflecting on his life and his outsider status His theatrical family helped confuse gender for him right from the get go his grandfather was a cross dresser, so was his absentee father, the Shakespearean theatre productions put on by his h [...]

    18. Let me preface this review by saying I am reading this book for my book club And now let me say I would rather be reading anything but this book Okay, perhaps not Toni Morrison s Beloved but pretty much anything else.Good golly, this book is tedious Very I don t care about the main character and the storyline is meandering and boring Literally counting down the pages and then I ll be giving this book away to the first taker Anyone want it after this glowing review It probably burns pretty well.U [...]

    19. Man.Despite reading a couple of good reviews I was still pretty skeptical of this book I hold a couple of Irving s novels in very high esteem I enjoyed Last Night in Twisted River enough, but remember it taking me a long time to get into it I know I struggled through the first half of Until I Find You and absolutely loved the second half the first half being around 400 pages The Fourth Hand was pretty much disappointing but A Widow for One Year I adored I remember how hard I fell for John Irving [...]

    20. John Irving s newest novel has a strong voice It reads like a memoir I m having a difficult time reviewing this book, though I ve been reading it for almost two weeks It feels like four This is not a good sign There were several characters who shape Bill Abbot, the protagonist, but not the hero This epic begins when Bill is a child and follows him until he is almost seventy, but not in a linear fashion Bill s lfe journey takes him from Vermont to N Y to San Francisco to Europe and finally back t [...]

    21. This book seriously annoyed me This review may make me seem somewhat fanatic, but once I get hung up on something in a book, that s it, I can t really let it go The low rating for this book is based on one huge pet peeve of mine authors not doing their research combined with ridiculous stereotypes Also, I might throw in extremely unrealistic and weird sounding dialogue , unrealistic events Hollywood movie style and generally zero credibility I never for a second while reading this book forgot th [...]

    22. Too self conscious and heavy handed It read like a freshman author s overreaching or a trunk novel There were times I even squirmed because it was so twee Way too earnest, melodramatic, and repetitive It borders on doddering.I am a huge heartfelt fan I met him, too, when he came to speak in Austin, and I snuck into the stiff collar party afterwards He was deliciously friendly I have a pic with him on my bookshelf He s one of my literary heroes, ever since I discovered Garp while in college Ok, s [...]

    23. I d heard of John Irving naturally but I d never read any of his books, quite possibly never would have either if not for GoodReads The number of ratings and high average scores told me enough to know he s a popular author So when I saw some of his books at bargain prices I decided to give him a try I bought two titles but in all honesty they could have remained unread for months or years given the huge backlog of TBR titles on my shelves Then a couple of ladies in BT were commenting on how much [...]

    24. Segunda vez que leo esta novela Irving me gusta por su humor comedido y por su maestr a a la hora de manejar el tiempo de la narraci n Algunos lo podr n tachar de repetitivo en sus temas y no creo que anden desatinados con esa cr tica , pero compensa su mundo cerrado con peque as variaciones en sus personajes y sus historias.

    25. If I judge IN ONE PERSON by how fast I read it just under a week, fast for me , it rates five stars but if I judge it solely by the quality of the characters and whether or not the plot is compelling, I d have to give it 5 and a half stars In the pantheon of undeniably memorable Irving characters, Billy Abbott is right up there with Bogus Trumper, Jenny Fields, T.S Garp, Franny Berry, Dr Larch, Owen Meany, Ted and Ruth Cole, Doris Clausen, Jack Burns and Ketchum, the irascible logger from LAST N [...]

    26. This is a very John Irving John Irving book He has elevated write what you know to an art form There s a boy with a single mother and an absent father see also Owen Meany, Garp He grows up to be a writer Garp view spoiler There are transgendered former athletes see Garp and little boys who play dressup Hotel New Hampshire hide spoiler It s set in New England Owen Meany, Hotel New Hampshire, Cider House Rules, um, almost all of his books with a boys boarding school Hotel New Hampshire and a trip [...]

    27. ARC received from Simon Schuster via Barnes Noble Review crossposted to jessicaschley John Irving doesn t really write books He writes journeys I once read a director I believe quoted regarding adapting A Widow for One Year for film The Door in the Floor that adaptations of John Irving novels ought to be considered an art forum unto themselves Certainly, the scope alone makes adaptation difficult we meet William Bill Abbott at age fifteen in the beginning of the novel, and at the end he s sevent [...]

    28. This book started off strong, but ultimately was dissatisfying It was really fun to read, but I have to admit that there were plenty of parts where I was saying to myself, WHAT That doesn t make sense First of all, much of the structure of the book is related to our narrator Bill s inability to say words that made him uncomfortable Sometimes the words were something like penis, but other times, it was a word like shadow Fine That s interesting and unusual Most people s speech impediment is not b [...]

    29. I wish I could give this another star or two, just because it s Irving, but really he is not wearing well The infinite parenthetical commentary like there s always something else to add becomes very irritating So why I ask doesn t he just construct a full sentence and add it into the flow The resultant prose if one could call it that becomes very choppy making one almost seasick with the rising and falling of voice Add to that hmmm well that irritating and disturbing perpetual hyphenation Good L [...]

    30. Irving has written two great novels Owen Meaney and Cider House , but he became one of my favorites with a couple of preceding works that were bigger, boisterous, definitely outrageous, but somewhat flawed Garp and Hotel New Hampshire These are the novels I come back to again and again These have characters I ve never forgotten about With his new novel, I think he s back in that territory The novel has it s problems it pushes the coincidences, it forces humor in places although it s plenty fun [...]

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