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The Fourth Hand
The Fourth Hand
Author: John Irving
The Fourth Hand asks an interesting question: “How can anyone identify a dream of the future?” The answer: “Destiny is not imaginable, except in dreams or to those in love." — While reporting a story from India, a New York television journalist has his left hand eaten by a lion; millions of TV viewers witness the a...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345463159
ISBN-10: 0345463153
Publication Date: 4/29/2003
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 85 ratings
Publisher: Fawcett
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Firefly avatar reviewed The Fourth Hand on + 57 more book reviews
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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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karenbfromtennessee avatar reviewed The Fourth Hand on + 7 more book reviews
Reminds me of Irving's earlier writings, like "Owen Meany." Fantastic, quirky story with interesting characters. Hard to put down. Much better than "Until I Find You" and the circus story. Some themes come around again (continued in "Twisted River) like an old friend. Thank you, John Irving, for making me laugh out loud when I read.
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John Irving is a great writer to me because of all the idiosyncrasies he brings together in his books. There is never a resolution that is expected or get to the finish the way you expected. This was a re read for me and it was as good as ever.
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Of all John Irving's books I liked this the least, simply because I found the characters hard to connect to. The story is original, and the writing is great, but the character development leaves something to be desired.

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