I love John Irving's books, but I couldn't get past the actor who was doing the reading. Too stiff and announcer-like.
This is a great book. Very long, but worth investing the time. John Irving is a timeless writer. You fall easily in love with his characters and all of their quirks and dysfunctions.
A fantastic book. This one is long (22 CD's) but there was nothing that wasn't interesting, funny, well written. Irving's mind is AWESOME; where he goes with a character and how he never forgets a detail of that character and winds it ALL together, is a true gift.
Dysfunction is in the blood of the Coles in John Irving's remarkable "a Widow for one year". This novel reads like a patchwork achievement copying with many characters in three different periods in the life of Ruth Cole, when she deals with things like grieving, lost and tragedy. The story is a lot of fun,and, because most of the characters are writers, allows Irving to explain and comment on the writing process. I am struck by how Irving responds to his own critics through the Ruth Character. As and adult, Ruth Cole is a successful author. Ruth responds to criticism about a book that centers on the life of a writer, which is precisely what a Widow for One Year is. I get the impressed Irving uses the character of Ruth to express a lot of his emotion about being a writer.
John Irving is the author of numerous novels for adults, including "A Widow for One Year, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany," and "The World According to Garp," He lives in Vermont and Toronto.