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The Fourth Hand

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 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 does not work The characters did not interest me and I neither liked nor disliked most of them The plot drags on I often considered putting the book down for good and not finishing it which is NOT like me once I get in very far Sorry for the short discussion but I disliked this book so much I would rather not think about it too long now For those who have not tried Irving don t judge him by this one I especially recommend A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY one of my all time favorites and THE CIDER HOUSE RULES

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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

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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 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 music for me the way Nicole Krauss or Marianne Wiggins are so that couldn t save this book either Put all that together and I have to say that the book was just okay Honestly if it was written by someone other than JI I probably would have given it 3 stars but John I hold you to a higher standard


About the Author: John Irving

JOHN IRVING was born in Exeter New Hampshire in 1942 His first novel Setting Free the Bears was published in 1968 when he was twenty six He competed as a wrestler for twenty years and coached wrestling until he was forty seven Mr Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times—winning once in 1980 for his novel The World According to Garp He received an O Henry Award



10 thoughts on “The Fourth Hand

  1. says:

    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 does not work The characters did not interest me and I neither liked nor disliked most of them The plot drags on I often considered

  2. says:

    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 int

  3. says:

    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 instead of sustaining a mediocre story turned all the things I loved about him into clichés and far stretched half baked ideas Do not judge Irving by this book he is so much better than this

  4. says:

    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 int

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    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 surprise that I would find this book enjoyable For me the characters are believable and their stories come together to reveal the intricacies that tie them all to one another Patrick Wallingford is a sympathetic enough character in that h

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    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 and recommend that you read both The Fourth Hand is especially significant today two days after the Virginia Tech shooting The Fourth Hand is a story that follows a cad of a television field reporter who loses his left hand to

  10. says:

    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 c

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