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Vesimies by John Irving

Vesimies (original 1972; edition 1993)

by John Irving, Kristiina Rikman ((KÄÄnt.))

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Fred 'Bogus' Trumper is a wayward knight-errant in the battle of the sexes and the pursuit of happiness. He also happens to have a complaint more serious than Portnoy's. Yet he stubbornly clings to the notion that he'll make something of his life, and is about to commit himself to a second marriage that bears remarkable resemblance to his first. The Water-Method Man is a work of cosummate artistry and comic invention, bizarre imagery and sharp social and psychological observation.… (more)
Authors:John Irving
Other authors:Kristiina Rikman ((KÄÄnt.))
Info:Helsinki : Tammi, 1993.
Collections:Read but unowned

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The Water-Method Man by John Irving (1972)


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Love the ending to this book. Made me smile immensely. ( )
  Bibliofowl | Feb 13, 2020 |
The novel revolves around the mishaps of its narrator, Fred Trumper, a floundering late-twenty-something graduate student with serious commitment and honesty issues that earn him the nickname "Bogus."
  JRCornell | Dec 8, 2018 |
While definitely not his best, I can see a clear improvement from his first novel, Setting Free the Bears. Nonetheless, there's a huge leap from here to Garp, Hotel New Hampshire, or Owen Meany. ( )
  beckyrenner | Dec 29, 2016 |
Yes, Water-Method Man IS imaginative, yet, unlike Five Star GARP, it has no characters that we cared about and a predictable plot line.

The flipped breast was overdone and tedious. Bogus move toward surgery was not exactly a cliff hanger,
while the only remotely funny dialogue came from the French Urologist.

At least, there were no depressing trained bears. ( )
  m.belljackson | Dec 22, 2016 |
I love John Irving and finally decided to search out his earlier works which I'd never read. In The Water-Method Man, we meet Fred "Bogus" Trumper, who is struggling to "grow up": his thesis is unfinished, he has problems committing to his wife and child, he remains drawn to a friend with whom he shared some wild times in Europe. John Irving's ability to write scenes that are both funny and sad is already evident in this book. Quirky characters, but real life. ( )
  LynnB | Apr 20, 2016 |
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Broek, C.A.G. van denTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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