Fred 'Bogus' Trumper is a wayward knight-errant in the battle of the sexes and the pursuit of happiness. He also happens to have a complaint more serious than Portnoy's. Yet he stubbornly clings to the notion that he'll make something of his life, and is about to commit himself to a second marriage that bears remarkable resemblance to his first.
The Water-Method Man is a work of cosummate artistry and comic invention, bizarre imagery and sharp social and psychological observation.
"Brutal reality and hallucination, comedy and pathos. A rich, unified tapestry"
"John Irving, it is abundantly clear, is a true artist. He is not afraid to take on great themes"
"John Irving has been compared with Kurt Vonnegut and J. D. Salinger, but is arguably more inventive than either"
"Three or four times as funny as most novels"