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In One Person (2012)

by John Irving

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Fantastic book. Definitely a must-read. I am so glad that some things don't change and I love Irving as much as I ever did. Now go, get the book. ( )
  ReneeMiller | Feb 25, 2016 |
Read 12%. Lost interest.
  ajlewis2 | Feb 24, 2016 |
Really boring ranting of an old fart about his sexual (dis)orientation and preferred sexual practices. Yaaawn. ( )
  pepe68 | Aug 11, 2015 |
Entertaining and well-meant but not terribly convincing "there but for the grace of God" novel, in which Irving re-imagines his own life story as if he had had a different sexuality. As usual there is lots of vivid background detail, following the principle of "nothing exceeds like excess" (forget play-within-a-novel: this is Western Drama 101). But the central character never really comes to life, and the account of the AIDS crisis of the eighties from a safe distance feels more voyeuristic than engaged. ( )
  thorold | Dec 30, 2014 |
1950-luvun Uudessa-Englannissa asuva Billy Abbott on teatteriperheen vesa. 13-vuotiaan Billyn äiti on First Sisterin pikkukaupungissa toimivan harrastelijateatterin kuiskaaja, komea isäpuoli armoitettu ensirakastaja. Naisroolit jaetaan tädin ja isoisän kesken, joskin kaitaluinen isoisä on leningissä uskottavampi kuin siveä Muriel-täti. Katsomossa istuva isoäiti ei tiedä, kumpaa paheksuisi enemmän, puolihameissa turhankin hyvin viihtyvää miestään vai Billyn kadonnutta isää. Ei siis ihme, että Billy päätyy salaamaan orastavat seksuaaliset epäilyksensä.Mutta ihastumista vääriin ihmisiin ei voi välttää. Painijoukkueen kauniskasvoinen kapteeni Jacques Kittredge ja epäilyttävän leveäharteinen kirjastonhoitaja neiti Frost ovat vain alkusoittoa Billyn alati mutkikkaammassa rakkauselämässä. Biseksuaali Billy saa pian huomata, että ahdasmielisyys ei rajoitu pikkukaupunkeihin.

Mutta Billy ei anna periksi. Ura menestyskirjailijana rakentuu vankalle uskolle, että seksuaalinen suuntautuminen ei ole ihmisyyden mitta.John Irvingin uskaliain ja kunnianhimoisin romaani on puhdasverinen tragikomedia, joka palaa rakastetun Garpin maailman teemoihin - vuosikymmeniä viisaampana. Tuiman katseen tuttu pilke saa aavistelemaan, että tie helvettiin on mitä luultavimmin moraalisella ylenkatseella kivetty.
  roojien | Dec 11, 2014 |
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Den amerikanske forfatteren John Irving har latt seg inspirere av Henrik Ibsen i sin nyeste roman. Ibsen-diskusjonene er det beste ved boken, som ellers inneholder forutsigbare Irving-temaer som bryting, en forsvunnet far, uklare identiteter og ikke minst sex i de fleste konstellasjoner
added by annek49 | editNRK, Anne Cathrine Straume (Jun 18, 2012)
 
Jeg må tilstå med det samme: Jeg er blodfan av John Irving. Han forteller historier uten like, og i I en og samme person er han umiskjennelig irvingsk – tematikken er ikke ukjent for Irving-lesere, og hovedpersonen har som ofte før flere likhetstrekk med forfatteren. Denne romanen er både deilig, smertefull og underholdende å oppholde seg i. Typisk nok varer oppholdet i hundrevis av sider, litt over fem hundre
 
Irving likes to track his characters over long stretches of time. “In One Person” begins in the mid-1950s, when Billy is 13, and shadows him until he is in his late 60s, in 2010. As a work of fiction, it is true to the way we recall our lives rather than the way we actually live them; we live in linear time — we have no choice — but the curve of our memory is never a straight line. Happenings that lasted an hour can obsess us for years. Years of our lives can be forgotten.
 

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Thus play I in one person many people, and none contented.
William Shakespeare, Richard II
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For Sheila Heffernon and David Rowland and in memory of Tony Richardson
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I'm going to begin by telling you about Miss Frost.
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My dear boy, please don't put a label on me -- don't make me a category before you get to know me!
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The author's most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, this novel is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself "worthwhile."

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