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Publisher's Summary

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".
©2012 John Irving (P)2012 Random House AudioGo
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4 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie Smith on 08-27-12

Irving at his best!

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John Irving has returned to his earlier form with his favourite themes. Reminiscent of Garp and Hotel New Hampshire there are complex characters, wrestling, sexual ambiguity and wretched mothers. If you like Irving's earlier work and aren't concerned about profanity you'll love it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-16-13

John Irving - Tormentor

Would you consider the audio edition of In One Person to be better than the print version?

I have text recognition issues so yes, the audiobook is better for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Grandpa.

What about John Benjamin Hickey’s performance did you like?

He's a great reader and characterises really well. He's a great actor too.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Irving manages always to skirt sentimentality (for me, anyway) yet draws sentiment in the most matter-of-fact way when announcing the premature deaths. Without wishing to spoil this story for those who've not read it, (self) deceit and death feature and the reader not spared.

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I started to listen to this book when I bought it over a year ago. I really didn't like it. Listened for about 20 minutes. When I started it again a few days ago, it consumed me. I hugely enjoy Irving as a writer and story teller. I rate this among his best.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Birgit on 09-22-13

Pointless ramble

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A very well narrated (apart from the German) but sadly mediocre story. Not one of Irving's better works. It rambles on and on without any apparent purpose accept to say that LGBTs (and Qs!) should be accepted in society. Hardly a novel observation. Ok, I'll be fair, I wasn't aware of the addition of the Q category. It seems like he was scraping the bottom of the barrel and found some scraps that didn't make it into Owen Meaney (for good reasons) and pasted them together. Either that or he found it necessary to indulge inand publicise his personal sexual fantasies. I can't imagine why audible have this in their catalogue instead of Garp, Cider House, or really any of Irving's other novels (which I really wish would be in the catalogue). Must have been going cheap. If you're new to Irving, don't start here! Get Owen Meany or Son of the Circus which are both great.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Cams on 02-08-18

Enjoyable

It’s no Owen Meany but it’s clearly an Irving novel. Europe, gender fluidity, family, New England, wrestling, death; love, loss, self discovery, novelist protagonist, teacher. It’s like a recipe, but, just like enjoy my favourite recipes, so too do I enjoy John Irving’s novels.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 05-11-17

Not Irving's best

Meandering story about a bisexual man's life. Overly weighted with descriptions of sex acts, desires and genitalia. Only listenable due to Irving's undeniable writing talent, characterisations and delightful obsession with minutiae.

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