This is one of those books that I should have read years ago. I've been meaning to read this for a long time. I finally got to it and its a very sneaky book. It actually reminded me (at the beginning) of the Royal Tenenbaums movie. The characters are so funny and quirky. So much so that for the first half of the book it was Alec Baldwin voice I could hear in my head while reading.
Once you get halfway through the book do you notice what a heavy book this actually is. It really sneaks up on you. Alec Baldwin slowly faded away and the undertoad started (the undertoad a vital part of the story). We meet some truly interesting characters (that will stay with me for a long time) and the story just gets darker and darker. But on reflection the characters just experience life. The highs and the very lows happen in equal measures.
I would recommend this book to all. John Irving is funny and delicate and can hit you over the head with sorrow. If you read this book or any other book that I have reviewed let me know about it. I would love to hear if you agree with my reviews.
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