In One Person

A Novel

Irving, John, 1942-

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
In One Person
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."

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451664126
Branch Call Number: FIC I
Characteristics: 425 p. ; 25 cm.


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Nov 11, 2014
  • Merryfeather rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This might be the best Irving I have read yet. He takes on transsexuality and does a wonderful job of it. As with all of his novels that I have read, his regard for sexuality of all kinds is frank and honest.

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.

May 15, 2013

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.

Feb 26, 2013

John Irving's <i>In One Person</i> reads more like a fictionalized memoire than a novel, more like a fictionalized plea for the understanding and tolerance of LGBT individuals than a story. The protagonist (with a G father and cross-dressing maternal grandfather) grows up B in the 50's and 60's and frankly exhibits an amazing lack of self-doubt and angst, suffers a surprising minimum of violence or humiliation, encounters an incredible network of others with gender conflicts, and enjoys a most fortunate economic and social standing in his small New England community. Perhaps the greatest joy in this work is the reappearance of Roberta Muldoon from <i>The World According to Garp<i/> reincarnated here as Miss Frost. That cameo and its unfortunately brief story line did hold my interest and to some extent made this book worth wading through.

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.

Jan 06, 2013

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.

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