"Every major character in 'Until I Find You' has been marked for life--not only William Burns, a church organist who is addicted to being tattooed, but also William's son, Jack, an actor who is shaped as a child by his relationships with older women. And Jack's mother, Alice--a Toronto tattoo artist--has been permanently damaged by William's rejection of her. This is a novel about the loss of innocence, on many levels."
Quirky Irving as usual. Took a long time to get into this one, but glad I stayed with it until the end. Much more satisfying than I'd expected.
This book took some time to really capture my attention. Irving always writes such powerful characters, and this was no exception, but the story seemed to lag a bit. All well written, but it took a bit of time for me to see where he was going with it.
It has a wonderful ending, one of the better endings, but it will take some fortitude to get to that place. Worth the trip, though.
I am a solid John Irving fan, but I had a really tough time getting caught up with the characters in this novel. The story is interesting, but it was not my cup of tea. Having said that, however, John Irving is such an extraordinary writer, the book is worth a look see.
Carla L. (carlal) reviewed Until I Find You : A Novel (Random House Large Print) on
This is the story of Jack Burns, wrestler, actor, lover, character extraordinaire. The book follows Jack from early childhood through middle age. It follows him on his journey to find himself. He can't, of course, until he finds his roots. This is something I've read once a year since I got it the year it was released. John Irving is a master of creating characters and building worlds around them. I would also recommend A Prayer for Owen Meany, The World According to Garp, and The Hotel New Hampshire... to name a few.
If you like John Irving you will undoubtedly like this book. As usual, he deals with subjects that are a bit 'over the edge' for many tastes - transvestite prostitutes, tatoo parlor sub-culture, mental illness, and REALLY disfunctional families. If you can deal with that, he's a great writer, you can see it in every sentence. However, this one could probably have used more stringent editing. It is LONG and SLOW. If it was tightened up I would have given it a higher ranking, that's why it only gets three stars from me.
It was about 400 pages too long, and I definitely could have done without the child pornography that dominated the first third of the book. However, the last half of the book was infinitely more satisfying than the first half.
Sherry M. (Mousey) - reviewed Until I Find You : A Novel (Random House Large Print) on
John Irving writes "In this way, in increments both measurable and not, our childhood is stolen from us- not always in one momentous event but often in a series of small robberies, which add up to the same loss."
Every major character in UNTIL I FIND YOU has been marked for life--not only William Burns, a church organist who is addicted to being tattooed, but also William's son, Jack, an actor who is shaped as a child by his relationships with older women. And Jack's mother, Alice--a Toronto tattoo artist--has been permanently damaged by William's rejection of her. This is anovel about the loss of innocence, on many levels.