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Irving, John 1942-

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Works: 586 works in 2,962 publications in 15 languages and 77,783 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Religious fiction  Drama  Biography  Film adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Humorous stories 
Roles: Author of screenplay, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Signer, Creator, Bibliographic antecedent, Contributor, Performer, Narrator, Scenarist, Conceptor
Classifications: PS3559.R8, 813.54
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The cider house rules : a novel by John Irving( Book )
125 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 6,880 libraries worldwide
Set in rural Maine in the first half of this century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch--obstetrician and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Clouds. It is also the story of his favorite orphan, Homer, who is never adopted
A prayer for Owen Meany : a novel by John Irving( Book )
107 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 6,329 libraries worldwide
In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys--best friends--are playing in a Little League baseball game in New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills his best friend's mother. Owen Meany believes he didn't hit the ball by accident. He believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after 1953 is extraordinary and terrifying. He is Irving's most heartbreaking hero
The world according to Garp : a novel by John Irving( Book )
154 editions published between 1976 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 5,560 libraries worldwide
The pace and language of this novel (filled with stories) are suited to Garp's life anc career: explosive with energy, full of ribaldry and a sense of doom
A widow for one year : a novel by John Irving( Book )
75 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 4,968 libraries worldwide
A girl discovers her mother in bed with a teenage boy and later the mother abandons her. Meanwhile, her father is seducing young girls. So begins the story of Ruth Cole, a famous writer struggling to overcome childhood traumas and find love
The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving( Book )
135 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 4,534 libraries worldwide
The Hotel New Hampshire follows the Berry family across two continents and through three hotels. Family members attract friends who substitute lust, violence, laughter and tears for the standard bourgeois components
The fourth hand : a novel by John Irving( Book )
72 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 4,240 libraries worldwide
While reporting a story from India, a New York television journalist has his left hand eaten by a lion; millions of TV viewers witness the accident. A well-known Boston hand surgeon wants to perform the first hand transplant on the reporter, but the problem is there is no hand available. A married woman from Wisconsin wants to give the reporter her husband's left hand--that is, after her husband dies
Last night in Twisted River : a novel by John Irving( Book )
48 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 3,960 libraries worldwide
In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable's girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto, pursued by the implacable constable. Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger, once a river driver, who befriends them in this tale that spans five decades
Until I find you : a novel by John Irving( Book )
56 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 3,872 libraries worldwide
The story of the actor Jack Burns. His mother, Alice, is a Toronto tattoo artist. When Jack is four, he travels with Alice to several North Sea ports; they are trying to find Jack's missing father, William, a church organist who is addicted to being tattooed. But Alice is a mystery, and William can't be found. Even Jack's memories are subject to doubt. Jack Burns goes to schools in Canada and New England, but what shapes him are his relationships with older women. John Irving renders Jack's life as an actor in Hollywood with the same richness of detail and range of emotions he uses to describe the tattoo parlors in those North Sea ports and the reverberating music Jack heard as a child in European churches
A son of the circus by John Irving( Book )
51 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 3,321 libraries worldwide
An Indian-Canadian doctor returns to Bombay to seek a cure for a disease which afflicts circus dwarfs and is caught up in a serial killing of prostitutes. The action is interspersed with commentary on the lot of social misfits: prostitutes, dwarfs, himself--the doctor regarding himself a foreigner in both India and Canada
In one person : a novel by John Irving( Book )
35 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 2,992 libraries worldwide
The author's most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, this novel is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself "worthwhile."
Setting free the bears by John Irving( Book )
50 editions published between 1957 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 1,276 libraries worldwide
"It is 1967 and two Viennese university students want to liberate the Vienna Zoo, as was done after World War II. But their good intentions have both comic and gruesome consequences, in this first novel written by a twenty-five year old John Irving..."--p. 4 of cover
Last night in Twisted River by John Irving( Sound Recording )
10 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,167 libraries worldwide
"In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in New Hampshire, an anxious twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable's girlfriend for a bear. Both the boy and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County--to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto--while pursued by the implacable constable. Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger who befriends them"--Container
The water-method man by John Irving( Book )
54 editions published between 1972 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,128 libraries worldwide
In this story the main character is "a perpetual graduate student with a birth defect in his urinary tract--a man on the threshold of committing himself to a second marriage that bears a remarkable resemblance to his first."--Cover
The 158-pound marriage by John Irving( Book )
53 editions published between 1973 and 2012 in English and held by 1,124 libraries worldwide
The darker vision and sexual ambiguities of this erotic, ironic tale about a menage a quatre in a New England university town foreshadow those of The World According to Garp; but this very trim and precise novel is a marked departure from the author's generally robust, boisterous style. Though Mr. Irving's cool eye spares none of his foursome, he writes with genuine compassion for the sexual tests and illusions they perpetrate on each other; but the sexual intrigue between them demonstrates how even the kind can be ungenerous, and even the well-intentioned, destructive
The cider house rules L'œuvre de dieu, la part du diable by John Irving( visu )
66 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 1,082 libraries worldwide
Homer is an orphan in remote St. Cloud, Maine. Never adopted, he is the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch, who trains him to be a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. Homer, however, yearns for a self-chosen life outside the orphanage. Then Wally and pregnant Candy visit the orphanage for a medically safe, albeit illegal, abortion. Homer accompanies them to Wally's family apple farm. Wally goes off to war, leaving Homer and Candy alone together. What will Homer learn in the cider house? What of the destiny Dr. Larch planned for him?
Until I find you [a novel] by John Irving( Sound Recording )
19 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,070 libraries worldwide
The story of the actor Jack Burns. His mother, Alice, is a Toronto tattoo artist. When Jack is four, he travels with Alice to several North Sea ports; they are trying to find Jack's missing father, William, a church organist who is addicted to being tattooed. But Alice is a mystery, and William can't be found. Even Jack's memories are subject to doubt. Jack Burns goes to schools in Canada and New England, but what shapes him are his relationships with older women. John Irving renders Jack's life as an actor in Hollywood with the same richness of detail and range of emotions he uses to describe the tattoo parlors in those North Sea ports and the reverberating music Jack heard as a child in European churches
The fourth hand by John Irving( Sound Recording )
19 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 915 libraries worldwide
When a reporter suffers a horrible accident witnessed by millions on television, viewers rally to help him
In one person by John Irving( Sound Recording )
20 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 849 libraries worldwide
An elderly bisexual man looks back upon his life and romances, reflecting on his unfulfilled loves and broken dreams
3 by Irving by John Irving( Book )
9 editions published between 1980 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 800 libraries worldwide
The world according to Garp by John Irving( Sound Recording )
22 editions published between 1980 and 2008 in English and held by 797 libraries worldwide
Journey through generations and across two continents with the astonishing family of T.S. Garp, bastard son of a belligerent mother. Garp loves, lusts, labors and triumphs in a world of assassins, wrestlers, feminist fanatics, tantalizing teenage babysitters, adoring children and a wayward wife. His life is comic, tragic, violent and tender, his world outrageous, and it is as real as our own
 
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Alternative Names
Ērvings, Džons, 1942-
Irving, Dzhon, 1942-
Irving, Džon, 1942-
Irving, John
Irving, John Wilson, 1942-
Irving, John Winslow.
Irving, John Winslow 1942-
Winslow Irving, John 1942-
Ирвинг, Джон, 1942-
אירווינג, ג׳ון, 1942-
אירוינג, ג'ון, 1942-
アーヴィング, ジョン
ジョン.アービング, 1942-
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