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The darker vision and sexual ambiguities of this erotic, ironic tale about a ménage a quatre in a New England university town foreshadow those of The World According to Garp; but this very trim and precise novel is a marked departure from the author's generally robust, boisterous style. Though Mr. Irving's cool eye spares none of his foursome, he writes with genuine compassion for the sexual tests and illusions they perpetrate on each other; but the sexual intrigue between them demonstrates how even the kind can be ungenerous, and even the well-intentioned, destructive.

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"Irving looks cunningly beyond the eye-catching gyrations of the mating dance to the morning-after implications."

--The Washington Post

The darker vision and sexual ambiguities of this erotic, ironic tale about a menage a quatre in a New England university town foreshadow those of The World According to Garp; but this very trim and precise novel is a marked departure from the author's generally robust, boisterous style. Though Mr. Irving's cool eye spares none of his foursome, he writes with genuine compassion for the sexual tests and illusions they perpetrate on each other; but the sexual intrigue between them demonstrates how even the kind can be ungenerous, and even the well-intentioned, destructive.

"One of the most remarkable things about John Irving's first three novels, viewed from the vantage of The World According to Garp, is that they can be read as one extended fictional enterprise. . . . The 158-Pound Marriage is as lean and concentrated as a mine shaft."

--Terrence Des Pres

"From the Paperback edition.

About the Author

John Irving published his first novel at the age of twenty-six. He has received awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation; he has won an O. Henry Award, a National Book Award, and an Academy Award. Mr. Irving lives with his family in Toronto and Vermont.

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lukas, August 7, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
Who is up for some wife swappin'? That is a major plot point in Irving's third novel, from 1974. He's in Updike/Cheever territory (infidelity and angst among WASPs), but Irving, because of his humor, insight, and lack of moralizing, is generally more successful than they are. If you like Irving, then you'll like this as it tackles familiar themes (love, sex, relationships, writing, wrestling). The title refers to a wrestling weight class. Not as good as his classic "The World According to Garp," but worthwhile for the Irving aficionado.
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Michelle M, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by Michelle M)
Very real feeling characters and story. An intimate portrait of two marriages and their tangled relationships.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345417961
Author:
Irving, John
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
New england
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Married people -- New England -- Fiction.
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Erotic stories
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;novel;marriage;american;literature;wrestling;usa;20th century;relationships;humor;infidelity;sex;new england;adultery;american literature;us;contemporary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19970631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.27x5.51x.46 in. .32 lbs.

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Product details 176 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345417961 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Irving looks cunningly beyond the eye-catching gyrations of the mating dance to the morning-after implications."

--The Washington Post

The darker vision and sexual ambiguities of this erotic, ironic tale about a menage a quatre in a New England university town foreshadow those of The World According to Garp; but this very trim and precise novel is a marked departure from the author's generally robust, boisterous style. Though Mr. Irving's cool eye spares none of his foursome, he writes with genuine compassion for the sexual tests and illusions they perpetrate on each other; but the sexual intrigue between them demonstrates how even the kind can be ungenerous, and even the well-intentioned, destructive.

"One of the most remarkable things about John Irving's first three novels, viewed from the vantage of The World According to Garp, is that they can be read as one extended fictional enterprise. . . . The 158-Pound Marriage is as lean and concentrated as a mine shaft."

--Terrence Des Pres

"From the Paperback edition.

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