The Water-method Man

The Water-method Man

Book - 1997
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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: New York : Ballantine Books, 1997, c1972
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books trade ed. --
ISBN: 9780345418005
Branch Call Number: FIC/IRV 4565 1


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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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