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The Fourth Hand
The Fourth Hand
Author: John Irving
While reporting a story from India, New York journalist Patrick Wallingford inadvertently becomes his own headline when his left hand is eaten by a lion. In Boston, a renowned surgeon eagerly awaits the opportunity to perform the nation’s first hand transplant. But what if the donor’s widow demands visitation rights with the hand? In...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345449344
ISBN-10: 0345449347
Publication Date: 5/2002
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 84 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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This is NOT one of Irving's better novels. I have read many and have enjoyed them all, until this one. The premiss was intriguing, but the execution is just not up to his usual greatness. If you'd like to read Irving, don't start with this one! And if you like Irving, you probably don't want to take time to read this one either.
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How can one not enjoy Irving? This book is about a hand transplant - a kind of complicated tale that surrounds a deeper pursuit in a man's life.
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This book started with a touch of quirky humor but over time changed into a serious love story. I liked how Patrick learns about true love and compassion as he tries to win Doris' heart. I also found the insight into television news coverage informative.
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This one is a love story by John Irving.

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