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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 t. On John Irving I have six thoughts1 He always seems to have a discombobulated male as his central character Garp the narrator in A Prayer for Owen Meany the dad in The Hotel New Hampshire and the young orphan in The Cider House Rules They can be clueless happy go lucky confused aimless grief stricken2 There is also always some intriguing but slightly distant female3 Irving loves the little bits of weirdness like the woman in the bear costume in The Hotel New Hampshire4 Irving also loves those moments of sweetness to the point that they can become syrupy at times like at the end of Owen Meany5 He writes very clean sentences they re amazingly adept and easy to read6 Still his little inventions often strain my suspension of disbeliefAll of these are true for The Fourth Hand Patrick Wallingford is a cavalier reporter for a sensational news channel He trots the globe covering disasters and small tragedies for the spectacle obsessed audience In each port he panders his cavalier sleeping with women without forethought or remorse Then he loses his left hand in a lion accident No spoilers it happens in the first few pagesDr Zajac is a minor character but he is the opposite of Patrick He s too distant too thoughtful very analytical and even clueless He s a hand surgeon who hopes to utilize Patrick s accident to make the first successful hand transplantDoris lost her husband a man she loved very much they agreed that if the opportunity should ever arise they d donate their hand to Patrick who became famous because his accident was caught on camera Though Doris is sad at never having a child with her husband and she is now grief stricken she insists on meeting Patrick and Dr Zajac to make sure her hubby s hand is going to a deserving personLove is going to find all these characters even in their extreme circumstances The main story here is how falling in love helps transform Patrick from a brainless pretty lothario to someone who wants to be upstanding and responsible The main uestion is whether he s changed drastically and soon enough to deserve Doris a grief stricken woman whose husband s hand Patrick now possessesNow to my six points 1 Patrick s journey is worthy as long as everyone recognizes that he is not always the most engaging sympathetic character He s pretty shallow in fact I feel Irving spent too much time with Patrick given that the man is basically a handsome but thoughtless cad Dr Zajac is also a bit of an automaton but Irving seems to have spent the exact right amount of time with his story We get the comparisons to Patrick If Patrick s story had been shortened to seem even to Dr Zajac s and Doris I would ve been OK with that2 Doris yes I wish I d known much What does her obsession with football mean How does it define her her relationship with her husband her connection to his family How does her day to day life look especially grief stricken especially jobless and with new responsibilities How will she ever prepare herself to move on to make room for another relationship in her life In many ways she purposely chooses to believe certain mythologies and lies why A few chapters with her back story would ve pleased me Her story is the shortest of the three main characters and I feel that s deeply unfair to her character and to the readers3 and 6 Yes I know I m going out of order So yeah there is weirdness here Actually the lion attack was believable and even the hand transplant has some fact behind it However the strained little lies that characters tell themselves and each other were a little problematic I often doubted people s intentions and I felt that others acted fairly gullibly at times I felt that outspoken characters would ve been blunt less accepting4 This novel is one of Irving s uieter sweeter novels even with the lion attack at the beginning That should make it saccharine but I found that Irving did an even job with the romance and relationship portion except of course what I mentioned earlier about people trusting others and not speaking up enough 5 There is something so breezy about the way Irving writes that I didn t feel I d read almost 300 pages It s a simple effective approach I wish other writers including myself knew how to mimicSo that s why this is only a good but not great novel even though I feel that Irving is one of our best living writers Screenwalks own headline when his left hand is eaten by a lion In Boston a renowned surgeon eagerly awaits t. 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10 thoughts on “The Fourth Hand

  1. says:

    John Irving's characters are often uirky to say the least Normally they draw one in Irving's typical forays into the minds

  2. says:

    On John Irving I have six thoughts1 He always seems to have a discombobulated male as his central character Garp the narrator in A Prayer for Owen Meany the dad in The Hotel New Hampshire and the young orphan in The Cider House Rules

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    For the standard that is John Irving this book was so disappointing I don't think he had much of a story and was depending on his characteristic literary traits to hold the story together but unfortunately it backfired and instead of sustaining a mediocre story turned all the things I loved about him into clichés and far stretched half baked ideas Do not judge Irving by this book he is so much better than this

  4. says:

    While at work on the massive tome that became Until I Find You John Irving took a break to work on the comedic and relatively short novel The Fourth Hand Irving began it hoping it would be his first comedy since The Water M

  5. says:

    It pains me LITERALLY PAINS ME to give a John Irving novel anything less than 4 stars He is among my favorite living authors and I typ

  6. says:

    This story with all its unlikely characters and the attendant twists and turns has John Irving's mark all over it John Irving is with out a doubt my favorite living American writer It therefore comes as no surprise that I would fin

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    This novel follows the highlights and troughs in the life of Patrick Wallingford a journalist working for a trashy 24 hour TV news station Whilst covering a story in India he gets one of his hands bitten off by a circus lion A surgeon shows interest in trying a hand transplant and shortly after this Doris Clausen a newly widowed woman who s

  8. says:

    This is a really enjoyable and uick novel despite all the shitty reviews it got

  9. says:

    I just finished reading John Irving’s The Fourth Hand While it is worth noting that I have previously read both The World According to Garp and A Prayer for Owen Meany found each to be better than The Fourth Hand and recommend that you read both The Fourth Hand is especially significant today two days after the Virginia Tech shooting The Fourth Hand is a story that follows a cad of a television field reporter who loses his left hand to

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    Ex Bookworm group reviewI mentioned in my review reminder that I was reading this book for the second time because I had read it on holiday and couldn't remember anything about it As I have re read the first hundred pages or so I've come to the realisation that I still won't remember that much about it because it isn't really about anything – or not anything I care about anywayMy biggest problem with the bo