Not anything new.
Again, nothing he writes from now on.
Actor's range was a little too limited for such a nuanced story.
Disappointment. Irving has clearly lost his talent and gifts and started re-writing his novels. This one may have been called "Johnny Wheelwright has sex." It's Owen Meany all over again, from a sadly only slightly different perspective. Pathetic.
Oh my god, this is what is left of the author of milestones like "Garp" and "Hotel New Hampshire"...?!? The former master of original, quirky, engaging characters and thoughts and stories delivers a chatty, empty, tired and convoluted heap of blabber that tries so hard you almost feel pity. But while.some of his last books were inferior only when compared to his best works, this one is just "inferior, period." Just like T. C. Boyle he attempts in vain to make his "old same-same" work but without creating anything remotely as interesting as he once did. Cross-dressing grandpa, hot wrestler, mythical father figure, sexually confused adolecents... yada, yada, YAWWWN. He once was brealing literary ground, now he is only breaking literary winds.
This does not seem like a contemporary novel. There is endless tedium in references to Shakespearean characters and other classical literature/opera. There seems be more of this kind of dialog than there is story. I have enjoyed other Irving novels, but this was a waste of money....not sure if I can even finish it.
A very difficult book to relate to. I can't think of the minuscule audience it might appeal to but those may be my limitations. I tried. Put it down three times. Eventually finished it but there were no redeeming features for my efforts.
Yes! I've enjoyed Irving a great deal over the years. This one relating to the difficulties transsexuals encounter in growing up, the difficulties faced in having sexual relations (over and over) all of this without relief was beyond my pail (pale?).
He's a good reader.
None that I could find. I'm returning it.
John Irvings quirky insites to peoples lives.
Billy and his Grandfather
excellant as always.
I think I am now a reall Irving fan and would love to meet him. Send him on tour to Australia
7 out of 10
John Irving could write about protoplasm and make it interesting.
He sounded familiar, smooth delivery, I'll remember his name.
By bringing to life the arrogent, in your face, selfish attitudes and life styles of the homosexuals, transexual, and perverse characters in this book and by detailing the resulting agonizing death and despair that this lifestyle has brought to society, Mr. Irving has only served to further alinate real life homosexuals to mainstream society.By serving up what most folks in our society find perverse and taboo and presenting it as normal does not enlighten, it repulses.
Any author that can write a story that angers and repulses, but at the same time captivate a reader(listener) is a great writer. I will stand in line to read Irving's next offering.
Irving has lost nothing of his humor nor unabashed irreverence. I found myself laughing out loud throughout the book. A great "READ"
at first I was not sure that I wanted to listen to a novel based primarily on cross dressing and the gay life. I am sure glad I didn't give in to that initial attitude. riviting, inciteful and real. My only regret is that it was not written 20 years earlier.