Book Reviews of The Fourth Hand

The Fourth Hand
The Fourth Hand
Author: John Irving
ISBN-13: 9780345463159
ISBN-10: 0345463153
Publication Date: 4/29/2003
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 85 ratings
Publisher: Fawcett
Book Type: Paperback
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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 answering this unexpected question, John Irving has written a novel that is by turns brilliantly comic and emotionally moving, offering a penetrating look at the power of second chances and the will to change.
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While reporting a story from India, New York journalist Patrick Wallingford inadvertently becomes his own headline when a lion eats his left hand.
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Funny, tender and thought-provoking. A NY journalist inadvertently become his own headline when his left hand is eaten by a lion. After having the nation's first hand transplant, the reporter discovers that perhaps the hand has a mind of its own. I enjoyed this book thoroughly!
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I love John Irving, but this wasn't his best book ever. I did enjoy it, just not as much as many of his others.
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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. This is a love story, believe it or not, by John Irving! Has his usual impossible to explain twists and turns ...
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Bizarre and funny story (highly improbable as is Irving's style).
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While expecting 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 doner's widow demands visitation rights with the hand...
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You know John Irving. I don't need to say any more.
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Quirky but interesting read.
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Really strange novel about a hand transplant and about second chances.
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another great/odd one by John Irving!
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I haven't read a lot of John Irving, though I loved The World According to Garp. This book held me interested -- something that's been hard to do lately and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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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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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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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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funny, typical John Irving.