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Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Subject:Super extensive John Irving interview for "In One Person" in today's Metro
Posted by:ext_1199214.
Time:12:02 pm.
Hello John Irving fans
Ich Bin Ein John Irving fan!
Anyway, I had the privilege of interviewing the author at his house recently for Metro newspapers.
Here's what we said to each other...

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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Subject:For the love of John
Posted by:yuna_hen.
Time:11:16 pm.
I've been struggling to come up with a bit more information to place on the influence page of John Irving.

I love John's work, but I've been attempting to look at the books that made him the writer he is. Any thoughts?
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Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Subject:New acquisition
Posted by:aquahaute.
Time:8:02 pm.
Hey guys,

Today I received my copy of the audiobook of A Prayer For Owen Meany, which was released last Saturday. 22 discs, 27 hours. I've only listened to the first couple of paragraphs. I'll report back after I've heard some more to let you know my impressions. To the best of my knowledge this is the first time Owen's been on audiobook.
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Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Subject:Rereading John...
Posted by:astridsdarkroom.
Time:9:59 pm.
Mood: curious.
Anyone else here obsessively rereads John Irving's material and gets something new each time?  Like the section in Prayer for Owen Meany, "I'd rather be murdered by a maniac..." Took me a couple times before that sentence made me go "ohhhh." Maybe I'm just slow. :) Anyroad, his books are so multi-layered, they're only meant to be dissected. 
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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Posted by:jamiewho.
Time:11:43 pm.
Mood: stressed.
I have been struggling, and struggling, and struggling to write a major essay for one of my English classes. As in, so major I will fail the class if I don't write it.

Basic outline: write it on anything you want, must pick two books to use as the basis of your essay.

I've chosen to write about John Irving, using the books The World According to Garp and Until I Find You (I was going to use Hotel New Hampshire, but I just realized I don't have a copy of it and don't have the time to go to a library). 

Trouble is, I cannot for the life of me come up with a thesis statement. I don't know what to talk about. I was told I could approach it in one of two ways - look at how his life has influenced his work, or discuss the social commentary on a major/recurring theme in his books.

I've never been given such freedom in an English essay and I am really struggling. Everyone I ask hasn't read the books - most of them don't even know who John Irving is. Can anyone please help? :(
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Friday, January 26th, 2007

Subject:A Time to Read. A Time to Write.
Posted by:nansvision.
Time:7:22 pm.
Mood: touched.
I often read at night, as a way to fall asleep.
As a result, I drift in and out of whatever novel I am listening to, sometimes incorporating passages as parts of my dreams. Then I go back and rearead chapters, to fill in portions through which I have slept. I don't really want to miss anything, nor do I want to skip ahead inadvertently.
Every once in awhile, I want a day when I can read, uninterrupted, so I can immerse myself fully in a book. Today's novel is John Irving's, The Fourth Hand.
After reading several John Irving novels, I always wonder if the next one will disappoint me; but, so far each subsequent novel leaves me laughing and crying, and fascinated by the depth of characters and emotional transitions.
I read A Prayer for Owen Meany several times, remembering the Viet Nam era, but especially identifying with Owen Meany's voice. From my early childhood to young adulthood, I had a wrecked, raspy voice, like Owen's, from a different cause. Unlike Owen's voice, mine has been fully restored by repeated laser surgeries on my vocal cords, giving me a normal voice.
Growing up among blind people, my voice was often how a first impression of me was formed, much as appearance determines a first impression among those who can see. Moreover, in noisy or crowded places, people around me had to strain to hear what I was saying, over loud music, especially. Sometimes people even spoke loudly back to me, as though my hearing were as impaired as my sight and my voice. But most people, once they got to know me, took my raspy voice for granted, and it bacame normal to them. I never take my miraculously healed voice for granted.
But I still have an affinity for the character of Owen Meany, whose voice sets him apart.
I am close to finishing the Fourth Hand, which fascinates me, in the way that loss impacts Patrick's personality, and transforms his character. The theme is a familiar one expressed in other writings of John Irving, but in each story, I find a new fictional friend, and a part of myself.
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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Posted by:angieobsessed.
Time:7:11 pm.
Mood: cheerful.
since my last entry I finished reading 'garp', 'owen meany', 'until i find you' and 'cider house rules' and i've started reading 'my movie business'. as i told you i'm writing my paper on him, because 1. he is a great author
2. my teacher doesn't know him and won't read his books. (too many pages)
you have to admit that his books are everything but thin.
so, my question is:
can anybody tell me what the quintessence of 'a prayer of owen meany' is. i think i overread it (i know- what a shame!!)

so can somebody please help me??????

i have to say that his books are just so brilliant that i can't stop reading.
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Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Posted by:angieobsessed.
Time:12:54 pm.
i'm new to this community and I have just started reading John Irving. i think he's a great author and i decided to write my paper on him. so my question is has anybody seen the film "the cider house rules"? i've read the book and i saw the film but i don't like the film that much, because the book is so much better. i mean the film is not that bad but there is so much missing - which in my opinion is so important. and so i wanted to ask you if you agree with me or not and if not, why do you like the film.

i would be thankful for any suggestion for my paper. my proposal is that i take 'cider house rules', 'owen meany' and 'garp as he saw the world' and the diferences between the book and the film. do you think another book would be better to take?
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Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Posted by:aquahaute.
Time:3:24 pm.
Today, July 8, I present ten icons from my favorite book ever, John Irving's A Prayer For Owen Meany. Six are quotes, three are pictures-only, one is just the book title. Spoiler-free in the sense that the only icon with a spoiler isn't a spoiler until you've finished the book and already know what it means anyway.

If you want to use any of them, there's no need to ask - just leave a comment and please credit - it's not that these took any great deal of effort, but it's nice in case someone likes an icon you've taken and wants to know where to get more like it. Enjoy!

1. /// 5. /// 7.

Ten icons beneath the cutCollapse )

Crossposted to quality_icons, book_icons, and john_irving.
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Sunday, April 16th, 2006

Posted by:yousuckdotcom.
Time:4:40 pm.
It seems like this community is somewhat dead, but I'm writing a paper on John Irving about how death comes when one is incapable of growing anymore. Lame thesis, I know, but my teacher made it for me and will not let me change it. I'm just trying to get a death toll here, as morbid as that would sound. I've tried making a list of deaths in the books. They're in lj-cuts below in case some people haven't read the books.

World According to GarpCollapse )

Cider House RulesCollapse )

Hotel New HampshireCollapse )

Can you guys help me by helping me remember who died? Metaphorical deaths count, too, I guess, like the death of someone's spirit. But yeah, also, help trying to link the deaths to an inability to grow in anyway. Like Lilly can't physically grow and she can't emotionally get over her Mother's death. Help? Please? HELP?!
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Saturday, October 29th, 2005

Subject:Owen Meany flub-up?
Posted by:eterri.
Time:8:13 pm.
Mood: curious.
This really shouldn't spoil anything about the book for anyone but I'll cut it just in case you're like me and don't like knowing ANYTHING about a book before you read it...

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Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Subject:from Russia with love...
Posted by:facereplays.
Time:11:51 am.
for Irving books also. I had red what I was able to find wile traveling. As I understood this community is mostly from north america. Could anybody, please, point me to the contemporary authors similar to J.I. thanx
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Friday, September 30th, 2005

Posted by:preityz.
Time:10:38 pm.
Hey JI fans!

My name is kelly and I'm a huge JI fan.

The books I have read (and re-read) so far are:

The Cider house Rules (definatly my favorite)
Widow for one year
A prayer for Owen Meany
The World According to garp
The hotel New Hampshire
The Fourth Hand
Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

I own a copy of the Water Method Man but I've tried several times unsucessfully to read this novel. I can't seem to get past the second chapter, it tends to loose my interest, I wondered if anyone else had this problem with this or any other JI novel?
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Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Subject:Until I find you
Posted by:wishes4kisses.
Time:1:03 pm.
I am currently in the throws of Until I find you.

I am interested in what other people think of this one.

I've read *almost* all of John Irving's novels and this one seems to resonate differently with me. It's a bit slowing-moving for me (as in, I find it easier to put down than Hotel Newhampshire or A Prayer for Owen Meaney but am still enthralled nontheless. I'm such a dork that I've even started highlighting some of my favorite passages.

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Sunday, September 11th, 2005

Subject:The Door in the Floor
Posted by:skip_to_fiona.
Time:6:46 pm.
I watched The Door in the Floor last night. I actually thought it was pretty good. I had read about it and so was prepared for it only covering the first part of the book. I'm now having to read it again even though I have about 20 new books that I should really read first.

It was better than Simon Birch by miles, but I think the best film of JI's books is the Hotel New Hampshire.
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Monday, August 29th, 2005

Subject:John Irving Fan
Posted by:tobey_s_girl.
Time:3:48 pm.

I joined this community because I am a huge John Irving fan, and I don't actually KNOW many people who are. My absolute favorite book is A Prayer For Owen Meany. But I've read:

Cider House Rules
A Widow for One Year
Son of the Circus
The Fourth Hand
The Hotel New Hampshire
A Prayer for Owen Meany
The 158 Pound Marriage
The World According to Garp
and I'm currently reading Until I Find You

Also, I think I've seen most of the movies that Have been made from his books.
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Thursday, August 18th, 2005

Posted by:ingecredible.
Time:11:12 am.
Mood: cold.
Hey! I joined a couple days ago, but this is my first post. I used to be the owner of the John Irving fanlisting, but offered it up to someone else who had more time and ambition.

I've read completely:
158 Pound Marriage
Cider House Rules
The World According to Garp
A Widow for One Year
The Hotel New Hampshire

Partial reads:
A Prayer for Owen Meany (about 3/4 through)
The Fourth Hand (about 1/4 through)

I only partially read these because they were library books, and on high demand... and just haven't gotten back to them.

I'm very excited about the new book! I want to see all the movies too, I've seen HNH and am hoping to rent CHR and possibly DITF this weekend. I liked the casting and everything about the HNH film... it was done to a T... but a little too odd for film. Has anybody seen TWATG w/ Robin Williams? Everybody I've talked to told me never to watch it, but that was my parents and other people who never read the book. Disgraceful.
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Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

Posted by:weird4hanson.
Time:6:30 pm.
Mood: cheerful.
Howdy, all!

Newbie here. I adore John Irving, ever since reading A Widow For One Year a while ago. I had borrowed it from the library and every time I went back to browse, I kept reaching for that book again and again.

Until I discovered his other books, and I was just even more hooked! He is absolutely my favorite living author, hands down. I own five of his books and planning to get all the others.

Last night, I saw him in person! He gave a reading here in Houston from the new book Until I Find You (which is fantastic, don't ya'all agree? I love this book! It's his best since Garp). He was so down-to-earth, honest and witty. He made us laugh out loud so many times, which is not shocking, since he's hysterical in his novels. I just admire him so much, and with having writing aspirations myself, his quality and caliber of work is what I'm aiming for.

Looking forward to getting to know y'all. Great community!
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Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

Posted by:tzuraster.
Time:7:01 pm.
Mood: cheerful.
Anyone going to be in attendence? http://www.edbookfest.co.uk/whatson/event_listing.html?event_id=16183
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Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

Subject:The 158-Pound Marriage
Posted by:eterri.
Time:10:29 pm.
The 158-Pound Marriage was a 118-pound novel. ;P If you've read it (and are even able to remember it) you'll know what I mean.

Bleh! I'm trying to figure out whether to start A Prayer for Owen Meany or A Widow for One Year tonight. I think I'll go with Owen.
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