• The most important American humorist to appear in the last ten years

    Kurt Vonnegut
  • Irving's popularity is not hard to understand. His world really is the world according to everyone

  • John Irving has been compared with Kurt Vonnegut and J.D.Salinger, but is arguably more inventive than either. Wry, laconic, he sketches his characters with an economy that springs from a feeling for words and mastery over his craft. This superbly original book is one to be read and remembered

    The Times

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