The Water-method Man

The Water-method Man

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&;John Irving, it is abundantly clear, is a true artist.&;&;Los Angeles Times

Fred "Bogus" Trumper has troubles. A divorced, broke graduate student of Old Norse in 1970s New York, Trumper is a wayward knight-errant in the battle of the sexes and the pursuit of happiness: His ex-wife has moved in with his childhood best friend, his life is the subject of a tell-all movie, and his chronic urinary tract infection requires surgery. 

Trumper is determined to change. There's only one problem: it seems the harder he tries to alter his adolescent ways, the more he is drawn to repeating the mistakes of the past. . . .

Written when Irving was twenty-nine, Trumper's tale of woe is told with all the wit and humor that would become Irving's trademark.

&;Three or four times as funny as most novels.&;&;The New Yorker

Praise for The Water-Method Man

&;Friendship, marriage, and family are his primary themes, but at that blundering level of life where mishap and folly&;something close to joyful malice&;perpetually intrude and distrupt, often fatally. Life, in [John] Irving's fiction, is always under siege. Harm and disarray are daily fare, as if the course of love could not run true. . . . Irving's multiple manner . . . his will to come at the world from different directions, is one of the outstandint traits of The World According to Garp, but this remarkable flair for . . . stories inside stories . . . isalready handled with mastery . . . and with a freedom almost wanton in The Water-Method Man [which is Garp's predecessor by six years].&;&;Terrence Des Pres

&;Brutal reality and hallucination, comedy and pathos. A rich, unified tapestry.&;&;Time

Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Random House Publishing Group, 2018
ISBN: 9781984800077
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jun 29, 2015

Great read. Highly recommended

Aug 24, 2014

Irving's second novel, from 1972, is enjoyable, but also a little slight compared to his masterpiece "The World According to Garp."


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