A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.
His most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving’s In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy’s friends and lovers—a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself “worthwhile.”
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"A profound truth is arrived at in these pages. It is Irving at his most daring, at his most ambitious. It is America and American writing, both at their very best.” (Abraham Verghese)
"His most daringly political, sexually transgressive, and moving novel in well over a decade." (Vanity Fair)
“In One Person is a rich and absorbing book, even beautiful.” (Esquire)
Yes I would highly recommend this to a friend. Hickey does an great job with the different characters' voices. Many times the narration will take away from the book as in Jean Auel's latest, but this time it was right on the money. I am an Irving fan and he didn't disappoint.
I liked Elaine, Billy's best friend. She was an interesting character and always true to Billy and to herself.
I enjoyed it immensely when Billy stood up to the bullies that were torturing G. Definitely need more of his type in these days and especially in the 1980's when Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals were finally being heard, and in a limited forum, being accepted.
Obviously the most memorable would be Billy, as he is the main character, but also Mrs. Frost. It was apparent to me from the beginning that she was a biological he, but I liked the way Irving didn't come right out and say it. I liked how she went out of her way to fit in and how the wrestling coach never gave her away. Irving told a story, made his views known without bashing me in the face with it. Great JOB Irving. Applause, applause, applause. Keep 'em coming and I'll keep listening.
The characters are not at all believable. A transgender librarian has intimate relations with an 18 year old student and his family defends the adult?
Clear, good variations between characters.
Say something about yourself!
I am a fan of John Irving. This book really let me down. The story is flat and unremarkable. Only the retelling of the AIDs crisis in the 80s had any emotion to it. It the story of closeted gay man who enjoys his men to have breasts and dress in women's clothing. I would really love money and hours of listening returned to me after this awful listening expereince.
Avid book listener. I love anything James Lee Burke,John Sandford and Nelson Demille. Stephen King has entertained me recently.
Just finished listening and I loved In One Person. Irving has certainly produced a winner.It ranks with A Prayer For Owen Meany. As a 59 year old straight woman I loved all the characters with diverse sexual orientations. In one word great penithesis!! Hickey did a superb job with narration. I rarely listen to a book again but will come back to this one for sure. If you only read one novel this year let it be In One Person. Bravo John Irving!!!!
It is a great story. Speaker should go to German diction
coach first. As all John Irving books he can make you sad and laugh at the same time.
the sympathy and compassion used in telling the story of a bisexual young man's coming of age.
Miss Frost - the town librarian. She is later unveiled as a transgender former wrestler.
Miss Frost. She was the most sympathetic.
Yes. But that was impossible.
John Irving has written several fine books, but like most liberals has no solid ground under his self indulgence. I simply have no interest in reading long detailed passages about a man having sexual congress with another man's digestive system. The prose was excellent, the subject repulsive. Trashed it after he made a disturbing attempt to justify himself. This is truly a pathetic end to what was once a fairly good writing career.
Having read and enjoyed A Prayer for Owen Meany, I'm glad to say that John Ervin has done it again with this title.
The book describes the coming to terms of the main character with his bisexuality in the 1950s and 1960s and follows his life up to close to the present day.
The narrative is told with the character in old age, looking back on his life and the significant events in it.
While his struggle with his sexuality is an important element of the story, there is so much more colour added to the story by Ervin's portrayal of small town life. As in A Prayer for Owen Meany, the book is populated with larger than life characters who we come to know, and in some instances like, over the course of the book.
Ervin's description of the plight of those dying from aids in the 1980s is a particularly touching part of the novel.
It could be argued, that particularly in the first half of the book, the author lays on the introspection a bit too heavy, but this is more than justified by what follows.
It is true that there is a lot of talk of sex in the novel, but surprisingly enough very little actual descriptions of sex.
Even so, if you are put off by either the idea of bisexuality or homosexuality, then you might want to steer clear of this book.
In the end though, what we take from the book is that people are who they are, complete with their own attitudes, abilities, loves, hates and fears. We should never label or categorise people but accept people for who they are.
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