A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love - tormented, funny, and affecting - and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of the novel, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a "sexual suspect," a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of "terminal cases", The World According to Garp.
His most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving's In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy's friends and lovers, a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself "worthwhile".
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"Fascinating account of developing persona"
John Irving always seems to float around certain themes and images: in this book, he gives us a full, believable, insightful story about the long term development of non-conformist lifestyles, struggles to find identities, and the support and barriers encountered along the way. Fun, too, easy to read, and tightly written.
"John Irving does it again"
A prayer for Owen Meany has been in my top 5 for many years so I was instantly drawn to this latest book by one of my favourite authors and I was not disappointed. Once again he explores our ideas of gender, sexuality and family relationships with a cast of characters that are rounded and real. The book covers decades and, as in real life, not all the ends tie up a nicely as you might hope and with other authors would have turned into a Hollywood style ending that never happens in reality. Thoroughly recommend it.
"Gave up after the first part"
Very Droll. Not at all what I was expecting. It just went on and on about a boy's fantasies about men. (could have changed later but I just couldn't bare to listen to the second part). Nothing romantic or unusual. Very boring!
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