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.”
©2012 Garp Enterprises, Ltd. (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
"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)
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.
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