I’ve been a big John Irving fan since I read The World According to Garp many years ago. As a matter of fact there has only been one John Irving book that I was disappointed in. I’m not going to tell you what it was as that’s not important. All the rest more than made up for it.
As I was reading Last Night In Twisted River I occasionally found myself reading something and realizing that a similar style in another book would annoy me. I’ve tried to understand that but I’m not sure I really do yet. One of the things that stuck me were things that I would see as redundant in other books but not here. I think it might have to do with how things are presented. I see John Irving as a story teller. His books are a collection of stories within stories all wrapped up in one main story. Each of these capture and hold my interest. I don’t want them to end. In books where, what I’m calling, redundancy gets to me I’m impatient to get to the end. I want the plot to keep moving and I don’t want extra words to get in the way. Not so with John, I just like to listen to him talk.
What are you reading?