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.