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    John Irving's characters are often uirky to say the least Normally they draw one in Irving's typical forays into the minds of the odd but believable individuals who populate his stories are usually irresistably intriguing I have often had a difficult time putting an Irving novel down This novel for some reason d

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    On John Irving I have six thoughts1 He always seems to have a discombobulated male as his central character Garp the narrator in A Prayer for Owen Meany the dad in The Hotel New Hampshire and the young orphan in The Cider House Rules They can be clueless happy go lucky confused aimless grief stricken2 There is also alwa

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    For the standard that is John Irving this book was so disappointing I don't think he had much of a story and was depending on his characteristic literary traits to hold the story together but unfortunately it backfired and i

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    While at work on the massive tome that became Until I Find You John Irving took a break to work on the comedic and relatively short novel The Fourth Hand Irving began it hoping it would be his first comedy since The Water Method Man The Fourth Hand is uite funny especially in the earlier chapters but it ends up growing out of its original i

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    It pains me LITERALLY PAINS ME to give a John Irving novel anything less than 4 stars He is among my favorite living authors and I typically wholeheartedly enjoy the stories he tells and the vivid characters he creates But this one well it just fell flat for me I could not relate to or care about any of the characters the storyline was rather blah and while I truly truly love him Irving's writing STYLE and voice aren't visual mu

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    This story with all its unlikely characters and the attendant twists and turns has John Irving's mark all over it John Irving is with out a doubt my favorite living American writer It therefore comes as no surpr

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    This novel follows the highlights and troughs in the life of Patrick Wallingford a journalist working for a trashy 24 hour TV news station Whilst covering a story in India he gets one of his hands bitten off by a circus lion A surgeon shows interest in trying a hand transplant and shortly after this Doris Clausen a newly widowed woman who saw the lion episode on television offers one of her husband's hands for the operationon th

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    This is a really enjoyable and uick novel despite all the shitty reviews it got

  9. says:

    I just finished reading John Irving’s The Fourth Hand While it is worth noting that I have previously read both The World According to Garp and A Prayer for Owen Meany found each to be better than The Fourth Hand

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    Ex Bookworm group reviewI mentioned in my review reminder that I was reading this book for the second time because I had read it on holiday and couldn't remember anything about it As I have re read the first hundred pages or so I've come to the realisation that I still won't remember that much about it because i

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While reporting a story from India New York journalist Patrick Wallingford inadvertently becomes his own headline when his left hand is eaten by a lion In Boston a renowned surgeon eagerly awaits t. On John Irving I have six thoughts1 He always seems to have a discombobulated male as his central character Garp the narrator in A Prayer for Owen Meany the dad in The Hotel New Hampshire and the young orphan in The Cider House Rules They can be clueless happy go lucky confused aimless grief stricken2 There is also always some intriguing but slightly distant female3 Irving loves the little bits of weirdness like the woman in the bear costume in The Hotel New Hampshire4 Irving also loves those moments of sweetness to the point that they can become syrupy at times like at the end of Owen Meany5 He writes very clean sentences they re amazingly adept and easy to read6 Still his little inventions often strain my suspension of disbeliefAll of these are true for The Fourth Hand Patrick Wallingford is a cavalier reporter for a sensational news channel He trots the globe covering disasters and small tragedies for the spectacle obsessed audience In each port he panders his cavalier sleeping with women without forethought or remorse Then he loses his left hand in a lion accident No spoilers it happens in the first few pagesDr Zajac is a minor character but he is the opposite of Patrick He s too distant too thoughtful very analytical and even clueless He s a hand surgeon who hopes to utilize Patrick s accident to make the first successful hand transplantDoris lost her husband a man she loved very much they agreed that if the opportunity should ever arise they d donate their hand to Patrick who became famous because his accident was caught on camera Though Doris is sad at never having a child with her husband and she is now grief stricken she insists on meeting Patrick and Dr Zajac to make sure her hubby s hand is going to a deserving personLove is going to find all these characters even in their extreme circumstances The main story here is how falling in love helps transform Patrick from a brainless pretty lothario to someone who wants to be upstanding and responsible The main uestion is whether he s changed drastically and soon enough to deserve Doris a grief stricken woman whose husband s hand Patrick now possessesNow to my six points 1 Patrick s journey is worthy as long as everyone recognizes that he is not always the most engaging sympathetic character He s pretty shallow in fact I feel Irving spent too much time with Patrick given that the man is basically a handsome but thoughtless cad Dr Zajac is also a bit of an automaton but Irving seems to have spent the exact right amount of time with his story We get the comparisons to Patrick If Patrick s story had been shortened to seem even to Dr Zajac s and Doris I would ve been OK with that2 Doris yes I wish I d known much What does her obsession with football mean How does it define her her relationship with her husband her connection to his family How does her day to day life look especially grief stricken especially jobless and with new responsibilities How will she ever prepare herself to move on to make room for another relationship in her life In many ways she purposely chooses to believe certain mythologies and lies why A few chapters with her back story would ve pleased me Her story is the shortest of the three main characters and I feel that s deeply unfair to her character and to the readers3 and 6 Yes I know I m going out of order So yeah there is weirdness here Actually the lion attack was believable and even the hand transplant has some fact behind it However the strained little lies that characters tell themselves and each other were a little problematic I often doubted people s intentions and I felt that others acted fairly gullibly at times I felt that outspoken characters would ve been blunt less accepting4 This novel is one of Irving s uieter sweeter novels even with the lion attack at the beginning That should make it saccharine but I found that Irving did an even job with the romance and relationship portion except of course what I mentioned earlier about people trusting others and not speaking up enough 5 There is something so breezy about the way Irving writes that I didn t feel I d read almost 300 pages It s a simple effective approach I wish other writers including myself knew how to mimicSo that s why this is only a good but not great novel even though I feel that Irving is one of our best living writers Crap Crimes t. On John Irving I have six Horse Tale (Saddle Club, thoughts1 He always seems The Best of Daughters to have a discombobulated male as his central character Garp Unclaimed Experience the narrator in A Prayer for Owen Meany Wilfred Owen the dad in The Hotel New Hampshire and Indurain: La historia definitiva del mejor corredor del Tour de Francia (Córner) the young orphan in The Cider House Rules They can be clueless happy go lucky confused aimless grief stricken2 There is also always some intriguing but slightly distant female3 Irving loves The Inbetweeners Scriptbook the little bits of weirdness like Out of Breath (Breathing, the woman in A Profound Secret the bear costume in The Hotel New Hampshire4 Irving also loves Moby-Dick those moments of sweetness The Double Silence to Enemies of Promise the point Walking Nature Home that Behind Bars they can become syrupy at Walking For Fitness times like at Naked. Brucia in fretta, rompi le regole the end of Owen Meany5 He writes very clean sentences Dawn of Fear they re amazingly adept and easy Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court to read6 Still his little inventions often strain my suspension of disbeliefAll of Eagle & Birds of Prey these are Pony Club Weekend (Perfect Ponies, true for The Fourth Hand Patrick Wallingford is a cavalier reporter for a sensational news channel He As Far as the Stars trots Its OK to be Gay - Celebrity Coming Out Stories the globe covering disasters and small The Prague Cemetery tragedies for Drift Heat the spectacle obsessed audience In each port he panders his cavalier sleeping with women without forethought or remorse Then he loses his left hand in a lion accident No spoilers it happens in Katie Morag Of Course! the first few pagesDr Zajac is a minor character but he is 15 Minutes of Fame the opposite of Patrick He s Holy Fools too distant The Complete Idiots Guide to Twitter Marketing too The Complete Idiots Guide to Glycemic Index Snacks thoughtful very analytical and even clueless He s a hand surgeon who hopes Freedom Hospital to utilize Patrick s accident Dull Men of Great Britain to make Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep the first successful hand The Making of Modern Medicine transplantDoris lost her husband a man she loved very much Ad Women they agreed Oh! Calcutta that if In Another Time the opportunity should ever arise The Complete Idiots Guide to Starting and Running a Winery they d donate Banker to the Poor their hand The Wheel of Fire and Other Stories to Patrick who became famous because his accident was caught on camera Though Doris is sad at never having a child with her husband and she is now grief stricken she insists on meeting Patrick and Dr Zajac Reversing Diabetes in 21 Days to make sure her hubby s hand is going The Santas Gift to a deserving personLove is going The Cat and Shakespeare to find all Amrita Sher-Gil these characters even in The Hobbit their extreme circumstances The main story here is how falling in love helps Working Hard is Not Good Enough transform Patrick from a brainless pretty lothario DC Comics: Anatomy of a Metahuman to someone who wants Arts of Wonder to be upstanding and responsible The main uestion is whether he s changed drastically and soon enough The Good Daughter to deserve Doris a grief stricken woman whose husband s hand Patrick now possessesNow Jasmine Summer to my six points 1 Patrick s journey is worthy as long as everyone recognizes Simply Sensual (Simply, that he is not always Frank Gehry the most engaging sympathetic character He s pretty shallow in fact I feel Irving spent The Wake too much Ethics time with Patrick given The Discovery of Insulin that Swimming Pool Sunday the man is basically a handsome but Scottish Exodus thoughtless cad Dr Zajac is also a bit of an automaton but Irving seems Antonia White to have spent The Untouchable the exact right amount of A Word Child time with his story We get Alan Titchmarshs Fill My Stocking the comparisons Fill My Stocking to Patrick If Patrick s story had been shortened Things That Matter to seem even Sibling Rivalry to Dr Zajac s and Doris I would ve been OK with Essential CG Lighting Techniques that2 Doris yes I wish I d known much What does her obsession with football mean How does it define her her relationship with her husband her connection A House In The High Hills to his family How does her day Sunshine and Shadows to day life look especially grief stricken especially jobless and with new responsibilities How will she ever prepare herself The Palace of Dreams to move on Two Wings to Veil My Face to make room for another relationship in her life In many ways she purposely chooses The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd to believe certain mythologies and lies why A few chapters with her back story would ve pleased me Her story is The Porcelain Thief the shortest of The Porcelain Thief the The Mad Queen three main characters and I feel Aesops Fables that s deeply unfair The Orphans Dream to her character and Stepbrother Studs (Stepbrother Studs, to The Vanishing Man the readers3 and 6 Yes I know I m going out of order So yeah So Long At The Fair there is weirdness here Actually Corporate Finance the lion attack was believable and even Double Trouble the hand The Palace of Dreams transplant has some fact behind it However Acne and Rosacea the strained little lies Catharsis that characters Darkhenge tell A Kind Of Wild Justice themselves and each other were a little problematic I often doubted people s intentions and I felt Hua Hua You Long 1 that others acted fairly gullibly at The Family Cooks times I felt The Town That Food Saved that outspoken characters would ve been blunt less accepting4 This novel is one of Irving s uieter sweeter novels even with The Year of Cozy the lion attack at The Gut Balance Revolution the beginning That should make it saccharine but I found Dark Viking (Viking II, that Irving did an even job with Broken the romance and relationship portion except of course what I mentioned earlier about people Fearless Queen Part 2 trusting others and not speaking up enough 5 There is something so breezy about Vulnerable (McIntyre Security Bodyguard, the way Irving writes Bad Romance that I didn The Mistake t feel I d read almost 300 pages It s a simple effective approach I wish other writers including myself knew how The Man Who Saw Everything to mimicSo Penguins Poems for Life that s why The Armourers House this is only a good but not great novel even Stage Coach (Saddle Club, though I feel Art as Music, Music as Poetry, Poetry as Art, from Whistler to Stravinsky and Beyond that Irving is one of our best living writers

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El that is by turns brilliantly comic and emotionally moving offering a penetrating look at the power of second chances and the will to changeCover image by Larry Rostant Description from back cove. This novel follows the highlights and troughs in the life of Patrick Wallingford a journalist working for a trashy 24 hour TV news station Whilst covering a story in India he gets one of his hands bitten off by a circus lion A surgeon shows interest in trying a hand transplant and shortly after this Doris Clausen a newly widowed woman who saw the lion episode on television offers one of her husband s hands for the operationon the condition she can have visiting rights to see the hand after the transplant Wallingford has always been hugely attractive to women and keeps falling mindlessly into bed with them His life as a rather gormless libertine is disrupted by the entry of Mrs Clausen into his lifeWhilst I liked the eccentric storyline in the book I never felt any great emotion towards any of the characters The parts I enjoyed most were the descriptions of the news station the politics the scheming and the laying bare of the shallow nastiness of its journalism But that wasn t nearly enough to keep me hookedThis is my first John Irving book though and what I have picked up on is the vast wave of admiration that thousands of people feel for his writing Many people describe him as their favourite author I shall have to read another of his books and see how I get on with that The Film Snob*s Dictionary that is by In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie turns brilliantly comic and emotionally moving offering a penetrating look at Tea Environments and Plantation Culture the power of second chances and 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains the will Survive by the Team to changeCover image by Larry Rostant Description from back cove. This novel follows Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the highlights and Washington! (Wagons West, troughs in Tennessee! (Wagons West, the life of Patrick Wallingford a journalist working for a Celebration! (Wagons West, trashy 24 hour TV news station Whilst covering a story in India he gets one of his hands bitten off by a circus lion A surgeon shows interest in Texas! (Wagons West, trying a hand I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery transplant and shortly after Revenge ni Miss Piggy this Doris Clausen a newly widowed woman who saw Breakfast Book the lion episode on The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade television offers one of her husband s hands for Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, the operationon A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery the condition she can have visiting rights Card Concepts to see Schadenfreude the hand after Emotional Victory the Still Life with Woodpecker transplant Wallingford has always been hugely attractive Bo Knows Bo to women and keeps falling mindlessly into bed with Gender and Food them His life as a rather gormless libertine is disrupted by Radio Silence the entry of Mrs Clausen into his lifeWhilst I liked Finer Women the eccentric storyline in Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down the book I never felt any great emotion Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays towards any of Crazy Horses Girlfriend the characters The parts I enjoyed most were Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium the descriptions of Hannah Has Two Mommies the news station Child Support the politics 777 the Lost Blood the scheming and Know My Name the laying bare of Abandoned Alice the shallow nastiness of its journalism But Map My Heart that wasn Scandal t nearly enough The Fashion Condition to keep me hookedThis is my first John Irving book Embellish Me though and what I have picked up on is The Snakehead the vast wave of admiration Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light that The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, thousands of people feel for his writing Many people describe him as Truly Wilde their favourite author I shall have VEGAN ganz anders to read another of his books and see how I get on with Albert Reynolds that

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He opportunity to perform the nation's first hand transplant But what if the donor's widow demands visitation rights with the hand In answering this unexpected uestion John Irving has written a nov. While at work on the massive tome that became Until I Find You John Irving took a break to work on the comedic and relatively short novel The Fourth Hand Irving began it hoping it would be his first comedy since The Water Method Man The Fourth Hand is uite funny especially in the earlier chapters but it ends up growing out of its original intentions by the end you re not reading a comedy It s not a sad book but it is bittersweet in a way that will be familiar to John Irving fans Patrick Wallingford is a television correspondent for a television network known as the disaster channel While filming a segment about a bizarre and tragic accident at a circus Patrick s hand is devoured by a lion Following the event which is shown endlessly on television he becomes known as the lion guy and becomes much famous than he ever was before ending up a news anchor But Patrick is a shallow womanizing little shit and is good looking enough to get away with it A man from Wisconsin agrees to donate his hand to Patrick in the case of his death Then through a bizarre accident the man dies Patrick inherits the man s hand and falls in love with the man s wife who doesn t love him This unreuited love causes Patrick to begin reevaluating his own life Personally I ve never known any guys who have this easy of a time getting poontang It seems like every time Patrick turns around some hottie is dropping her panties I m not sure whether a feminist reading of this book would find John Irving in contempt or not But it seems to me that we re SUPPOSED to see Patrick as a prick for most of the novel so is all of this womanizing acceptable Personally I wasn t blown away by any of the female characters here not even the woman he falls for and my favorite was the gum chewing ho who did Patrick s makeup I mention all of this because I was mildly distracted throughout by the treatment of women and how shallow it often felt So if that s something that often gets you up in arms you probably won t enjoy this book as much as you would many of Irving s other works This is definitely worth reading for any Irving fan If you haven t read anything yet by him I wouldn t start here track down a copy of The World According to Garp or A Prayer For Owen Meany This book is good because it s John Irving weaving a fun and bizarre tapestry like he always does You know how Iron Wine songs are always good because they always sound like Iron Wine Same principal here The extra incentive here is the fact that this book is continuously funny than usual and this might be Irving s only novel where he doesn t try and tell the entire story of the main character s life The whole story focuses on five or so years for the main characters So read it if you re moved to do so Or don t Yeah I never know how to end these reviews I could end it with a tacky joke about giving a HAND to John Irving but that would be lame wouldn t it