Not my favorite of his but I appreciated this book more after some time had passed. Although it was a bit cumbersome at the time, the book has truly stayed with me, more than... Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2011 by Kristian
There's no John Irving novel I don't love, except this one. Most of them, I have re-read about five times. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by Ben Culture
If you like Irving's work, you will like this book. It's very wierd but that is what ol' Johnny is all about. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2002
John Irving (once again) shows us his love of detail - his novels must be read slowly, and appreciatively. Read morePublished on July 26 2001 by "dah68"
In all honesty, it's been years since I last read Setting Free The Bears, but I can still find the paragraphs that resonate:
"Some people are proud and some have their... Read more
Nazis and ill-tempered Asiatic bears, Communists and geleda baboons systematically intersect in John Irving's deliberately schizophrenic debut novel, Setting Free The Bears. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2000 by Mr. Cairene
Having met John in Iowa City before Garp was published, BEARS was all I knew of his work. I just re-read it.
Despite some lack of polish, it still moves me the most. Read more
This book has a great deal of mediocre writing, poor character development, and forced humor; however, it was a very enjoyable and stimulating read. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2000 by Jerry Clyde Phillips