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Until I Find You

A Novel
Irving, John, 1942- (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Until I Find You


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The story of the actor Jack Burns. His mother, Alice, is a Toronto tattoo artist. When Jack is four, he travels with Alice to several North Sea ports; they are trying to find Jack's missing father, William, a church organist who is addicted to being tattooed. But Alice is a mystery, and William can't be found. Even Jack's memories are subject to doubt. Jack Burns goes to schools in Canada and New England, but what shapes him are his relationships with older women. John Irving renders Jack's life as an actor in Hollywood with the same richness of detail and range of emotions he uses to describe the tattoo parlors in those North Sea ports and the reverberating music Jack heard as a child in European churches.
Authors: Irving, John, 1942-
Statement of Responsibility: John Irving
Title: Until I find you
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xiii, 824 p. ;,25 cm.
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About as hetero as modern novels get. It's hard to tell if Irving is appaled or over joyed at the notion of boys being seduced (and lady-handled) by older women. Is the protagonist a cad or a victim? Is he deserving of his success or just really lucky? It's a book you can give yourself over to for about 50 pages before putting it down realizing what a "wet dream" of a read it really is. And then do it over again. It took me a few months to read this between other books I liked better, but I somehow felt I had to finish another John Irving novel. (The first being the exceptional "Son of the Circus). While there were enjoyable parts, it is ultimately long winded and repetitive. Alas, not really worth the time when there are better books out there.

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  • Languid5 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I like this book but it seems to run on a bit.

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  • mincvm rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Not one of his best. Good in parts, but generally slightly disappointing compared with his previous books.

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  • Cabby rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

800 pages but I only liked 200 of them.

Report This Dec 14, 2006
  • pscho rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very John Irving, complex, odd, light and dark. Not my all time favourite, but definitely recommended. May offend a few female readers, but only a few.

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