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In One Person

A Novel
Irving, John, 1942- (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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The author's most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, this novel is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself "worthwhile."
Authors: Irving, John, 1942-
Statement of Responsibility: John Irving
Title: In one person
a novel
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
Characteristics: 425 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: An unsuccessful casting call
Crushes on the wrong people
Masquerade
Elaine's bra
Leaving Esmeralda
The pictures I kept of Elaine
My terrifying angels
- Big Al
Double whammy
One move
Espana
A world of epilogues
Not natural causes
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Summary: The author's most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, this novel is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself "worthwhile."
Subject Headings: Bisexual men Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Bisexual men
LCCN: 2011039707
ISBN: 9781451664126
1451664125
Branch Call Number: FIC I
Research Call Number: JFE 12-5058
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Sep 15, 2013
  • mymaewest rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fabulous book!

Sep 09, 2013
  • archiedog1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An interesting read to say the least. I found myself drawn into the story the more I read. Your attachment to the main character evolves as the story does. Definitely the kind of book that you either love or hate.

I read this as a book club choice. If I hadn't had to read it I would have given up after the first few chapters. Very hard to follow as his stories switch from one era to another within the same paragraphs. Also found the ending very dissapointing. If I was asked what the plot of the story was, I would have to say, not sure. If this had been an autobiography I wouldn't have expected a plot but it wasn't. By the way, this was the general opinion of the 8 other members of our book club.

Apr 13, 2013
  • esk1033 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I just finished reading IN ONE PERSON.
I find Irving`s characters quirky and interesting. His characters intertwine with great detail and colour. I loved Billy`s relationship with Elaine. They were on a plain most people can`t or refuse to achieve. I just wanted Kitteridge in their relationship shown more. Loved this book!!

Mar 12, 2013
  • Lauren31 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What can you say about any of John Irving's books? A master story-teller, and In One Person is no exception. It reads like a memoir, even though you know it's not. The storylines had me in tears more than once, for the complex relationships and the what-ifs. My one (small) disappointment is that I found the storylines wrapped up a little to easily at the end - everything works out and you're not left wondering.

Jan 29, 2013
  • jdaigle3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I picked this book up on the basis of it being fairly new and having seen it in many peoples hands. That said, it was nothing like what I expected. It seemed quite a circular book. It felt like it was the author making up a story about how he got to the point that he was writing this book. Still, I could not seem to put in down because there was always something happening and I had to see how it worked out only then something else would happen.

i agree; i really tried to get into this book but it was too slow; predictable plot.

Nov 28, 2012
  • lstaehling rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Really tried with this one but kept getting bogged down.Loved his early books.Think he has become a very self indulgent writer.

Aug 07, 2012
  • occy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Just cldn't get into it. Finally gave up !!!

Aug 06, 2012
  • betsyrina rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Typical" Irving novel with well-developed interesting characters. And unlike some other reviewers, I liked the end. I didn't find it drawn out at all, in fact, I wanted to know more. I would love it if he wrote another novel with Gee as the main character. I think it would be interesting to see how Billy and Gee's experiences might or might not be different.

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Jun 18, 2012
  • pscho rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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