jennieotto, January 19, 2010 (view all comments by jennieotto)
Like all of John Irvings books, this one didn't disappoint! It's a long book that kept me enthralled the entire time. Great story, great characters, great book! I have recommended it to all of my friends, and my copy has been in the hand of many friends.
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bk128483, October 2, 2006 (view all comments by bk128483)
Irving has built a beautifully described trip (although a little long) across his many trademark topics (wrestling, Amsterdam, women, parental and sibling love). My heart broke with joy when Jack encountered and connected with his sister Heather. As to the ending....read it and see (keep the tissues handy).
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by Rocky Mountain News,
"No John Irving novel is any easy read; he'd rather take the long way home than the easy path. Yet it's always an unpredictable journey, and once you emerge from the emotional briar patch, you find yourself sad that it's over, and ready to take the trip again."
by Los Angeles Times,
"Until I Find You, an often stunningly visual novel, is burdened by bloat. One can easily imagine a pared-down, vivid film version."
by Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times,
"[A] bloated and lugubrious new novel....Jack's 'melancholic logorrhea' might yield some useful therapeutic results, but in terms of storytelling, it makes for a tedious, self-indulgent and cruelly eye-glazing read."
by Chicago Tribune,
"On the surface, the book seems to be a galloping sexual bildungsroman. And yet, beneath the farce, a slow undercurrent of sorrow makes itself felt....[There] might be [an] intriguing 300-page novel secreted inside this sprawling, uneven one."
by Library Journal,
"Irving's 11th novel may disappoint longtime fans — this is a quieter, more contemplative journey than his previous works, requiring some patience and reflection....[A] rewarding and meaningful experience."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"[T]he book's second half is so much more lively, you can't help but wish Irving had packed even bigger chunks of Hollywood into this jumbo volume....[T]he results are worth reading even if they end up filling only half a book. (Grade: B-)"
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"At more than 800 pages, Until I Find You takes the crown for the best longest novel of recent years....Irving lays on a lot of charming comedy."
by Chicago Sun-Times,
"All in all, this is a wonderfully thought-provoking book. Despite its length and heft (I was afraid of dropping it on my foot), its artistry is so compelling that I'm considering reading it again. How weird is that?"
by Marianne Wiggins, The Washington Post,
"It does go on and on, and someone, somewhere in the production line at Garp Enterprises, Ltd., should have advised John Irving not to rush to print until he'd crafted pain into art, as he's done so masterfully before."
"Some novels are simply too long, and this is one of them. The framework of the plot cannot support so much detail and so many prolonged scenes....[B]y a third of the way through this almost impenetrable tale, no one will care."
In this absorbing and moving book about obsession and loss, truth and storytelling, Jack seeks a sense of identity and father figures while accommodating a host of overbearing and elaborately dysfunctional women.
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