A Widow for One Year: A Novel Paperback
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I loved the book not really because of my take above, but because every few pages Irving tosses in something that is spectacularly thought-provoking. The book was well-plotted, and you did wonder how it would end. The characters learned lessons and lived their lives. Along the way, Irving was able to give you something valuable to think about at every turn. I value that greatly about all his writing.
Don't miss this book. It has it all, good story, good characters, enough mystery and anticipation to keep looking ahead, enough sex to be contemporary, enough surprises to wake you up out of your own stale conjectures, some warm comedy to be good company, some real tragedy to touch the heart. And I think it taught me a lot that I can use in writing my own novel.
Then for fun I logged on here to read some reviews. I had to laugh at the supercilious statements of some of the editorial reviewers who are grasping at straws trying to find something to criticize. Got pen?
I'm serious about this being a good guide to how to write a novel--it's in the very bones of the book. I got a six-figure advance for my first non-fiction book, Depression is a Choice, published by Hyperion, and now I am starting a novel myself, which probably I will have to sell under a pen name since it is hard to be a cross-over author. Before my non-fiction sale,I was already an author of 5 children's book which I downplayed as "self-published," in order not to be typecast. And before I was a book author I was and still am a cognitive behavioral therapist. I toy with the idea sending my first 50 pages to this author for his remarks but of course I wouldn't presume to do so. I'll just struggle along like every other author has to do. Win by the word or lose by the word--a mind in the hand of fate. It is a worthy path.
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It was a good read, at times a very good read. however all in all it went on too long, sped up at times when things got interesting and slowed down too much for less interesting... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tembito
Keep an Eye out for The Motion Picture, Titled "A Door In The Floor",currently in Production,Starring Jeff Bridges..No release date set yet,as of May 2003.Published on May 23 2003 by Jim Carpenter
This is my first John Irving book, and even if it's not rated as his best one, I won't burn my fingers on another one. Read morePublished on April 29 2003 by Dwash
I was recommended this book by a close friend, who is an avid reader of "titillating" books, and she mentioned that this one had a definite erotic edge. Read morePublished on July 16 2002
After reading Hotel New Hampshire and A Prayer for Owen Meany (one of the best books I have EVER read), Widow for One Year was completely dissapointing. Read morePublished on June 21 2002
Why, why, why Mr. Irving would you write in such vivid detail about one summer and then scurry through the next forty years? Read morePublished on May 8 2002 by Cindi Getek
This book captured my attention at the beginning, and promised to deliver an interesting story of a dysfunctional family and the strange cast of characters involved in their lives. Read morePublished on April 28 2002 by Kirstin G. Larson