I first read this when I was in my early 20s. It made a deep impression in me. One of those books that will always be on my "most favorite books" list. After "The World According to Garp" ... this is my next John Irving favorite. The book is better than the movie. Of course!
Funny, poignant, a man, his marriage, his affairs and his resolution.
I love it. I love everything that Irving writes.
it was a long time ago, but I loved this book
This was my first Irving. Given to me by a friend...at first I was going to read it just because it had been suggested to me but the more I read the more I really liked it. The end was a bit of a downer for me but all in all I really liked it. I've read many negative reviews about this one.
I love reading all of John Irvings books, he has a delightful perspective on how his world works, they always make me laugh, and cry and feel like I am part of the story. Captivating.
although I'm a big fan of John Irving, I just couldn't keep with this book.
Not Irving's best. For that, see A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY, & THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP.
This is one of Irving's early novels and of course it comes complete with all the Irving elements:Eurofunk,wrestlers,the fatal air but no bears. A winning tale about menage a quatro swingers,physical endurance and existentialism all wrapped together in 244 pages-or so.
More weird John, I'm sure.
The darker vision and sexual ambiguities of this erotic, ironic tale about a ménage 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.
"One of the most remarkable things about John Irving's first three novels, viewed from the vantage of The World According to Garp, is that they can be read as one extended fictional enterprise. . . . The 158-Pound Marriage is as lean and concentrated as a mine shaft."
--Terrence Des Pres