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#21 Maurizio Pietrantuono

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Posted 20 July 2016 - 01:07 PM

Owen Meany is a surprising book, his other novels not so interesting. 



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Posted 22 July 2016 - 03:41 PM

I've never tried John Irving myself and to be honest, I've never even felt curious about his novels. Sure, I've seen some as movies, and they're okayish, but to me it seems that all his novels are extremely lengthy and it would take some serious recommending by one of my bookish friends who I know has an excellent taste to actually try one of his novels.

 

I've tried The Water-Method Man since, and I couldn't get into it... Has anyone read it? 

 

My boss is a big fan of John Irving and she's convinced me to try his books. I can't remember which one she recommended, I've written it down somewhere but I can't find the piece of paper. However, I'm really liking the sound of his latest novel and I have reserved a copy from the library :) Has anyone read it yet? 



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Posted 07 August 2016 - 10:00 AM

I read 'Garp' years ago and have to say it left me totally underwhelmed!

Many of my friends loved it, so it was obviously a matter of taste!



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Posted 07 August 2016 - 10:21 AM

I read 'Garp' years ago and have to say it left me totally underwhelmed!

Many of my friends loved it, so it was obviously a matter of taste!

 

Not that I've read any of Irving's books myself, but my boss has said that Garp isn't his best novel. Do you think you'd like to try some other one? 



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Posted 13 August 2016 - 08:38 AM

I have so many new authors to check out, plus new works from

favourite authors appearing all the time, I honestly don't think I

can be bothered to try again! One book,whilst not a true guide,

generally gives a flavour of the writer,and Garp failed for me, so

no. I appreciate your thinking though,and were I much younger

I would probably give him another try!



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Posted 26 August 2016 - 04:22 PM

I have so many new authors to check out, plus new works from favourite authors appearing all the time, I honestly don't think I can be bothered to try again! One book,whilst not a true guide, generally gives a flavour of the writer,and Garp failed for me, so no. I appreciate your thinking though,and were I much younger I would probably give him another try!

 

That's more than understandable! Always so little time, and always so many books to read... :blush:

 

I got my copy of the latest Irving novel from the library and I started reading it, and it seemed very promising.... But it didn't stick. I guess I'm fearing the size of it. I'll try again later. 


Edited by frankie, 26 August 2016 - 04:23 PM.





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