You have to wonder what Mr. Irving thinks of his readers. Does he actively seek to weed out the casual, detached fiction reader? Where in works like "Son of the Circus" and "Until I Find You" he intricately weaves parallel and oft intersecting story lines, in Twisted River he weaves past and current events. Jumping from the present to the past and frequently to all points in between, he demands that his reader pay close attention and keep ever watchful of the bigger, evolving picture.
I am probably not among Mr. Irving's target audience. I found the book a difficult read (re-reading passages 5 and 6 times). Nonetheless, I have rated the book 5 stars mostly because of my admiration of Mr. Irving's skill. Still, I wonder if there was an assertive editor involved in the publishing of the book, and, if so, what was the nature of the dialog that transpired between Irving and editor. My suspicion is that the will of a top selling writer trumps the wisdom of a careful editor.
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