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Until I Find You
Until I Find You
Author: John Irving
Until I Find You is the story of the actor Jack Burns – his life, loves, celebrity and astonishing search for the truth about his parents. — When he is four years old, Jack travels with his mother Alice, a tattoo artist, to several North Sea ports in search of his father, William Burns. From Copenhagen to Amsterdam, William, a brilliant chu...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345479723
ISBN-10: 0345479726
Publication Date: 5/30/2006
Pages: 848
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 117 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3

"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.
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
BigMama avatar reviewed Until I Find You on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
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.
redpandareads avatar reviewed Until I Find You on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
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.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a fantastic and wonderful novel! It is so good!
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onlyonenita avatar reviewed Until I Find You on + 14 more book reviews
Irving's longest book and it is completely worth it. The story is extremely intricate and you get to know each character intimately. If you need something to lose yourself in, this book will do it!
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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.
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John Irving is one of the best American authors today, but this book left me cold. Still, you might like it.

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