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A Widow for One Year af John Irving
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A Widow for One Year (original 1998; udgave 2004)

af John Irving

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Romanen beskriver Ruth Cole på 3 kritiske tidspunkter i hendes liv: Da hun er 4 år i 1958, i 1990, hvor hun er ugift og har mere succes som forfatter end i privatlivet, og i 1995, hvor hun er enke, mor og i færd med at forelske sig for første gang i sit liv.
Medlem:dshargel
Titel:A Widow for One Year
Forfattere:John Irving
Info:Ballantine Books, Paperback, 576 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Found this book because of the movie "A Door in the Floor". The movie follows part 1 of this book very well. I love the stories inside the story.

Originally listened to the audiobook narrated by the GREAT George Guidall but now I own the physical and look forward to re-reading some day. ( )
  Seayla2020 | Mar 27, 2021 |
Poor John Irving. I wonder how long it took for him to get tired of everyone pointing out that he keeps writing about the same things over and over. I, for one, had to stop reading him after The Cider House Rules, because I just couldn’t take BEING SHOUTED AT IN ALL CAPS in Owen Meany. But I’m glad I picked up A Widow for One Year: Irving appears to have written this as one big “F___ you” to the critics. In it, he has not one but FOUR characters who are writers, and all of them, to one degree or another, write about the same things over and over. Just like John Irving! It’s very meta.

In case you’re not familiar with Irving’s fetish topics, they are:
-younger men obsessed with older women
-sex crimes
-prostitution
-abortion
-individuals obsessed with fitness
-really horrible car accidents
-characters who are writers
-New England private schools
-bears

Every single one of these -- except bears -- makes an appearance in A Widow for One Year. Very impressive. But this time, one of the main characters, Ruth, is a writer who makes the case that writing should be more invented than real. She is the most successful of the four – but her writing becomes more real as the novel progresses. Two other characters, Eddie and Marion, are also writers, but their writing is inferior to Ruth’s. Eddie keeps writing about one formative relationship (with Marion, as it happens), while Marion is a bit more imaginative in weaving her obsessions into her work, but no more successful. Yet Ruth’s best book is her most real, and least inventive. (The fourth writer’s work is primarily for children and doesn’t seem to fit on this spectrum.) So what is Irving saying? Good writers are inventors, but the best are both inventors and recyclers? Whatever the lesson, as a would-be writer myself, I wish I’d been born in an Irving novel, where I’d have an above-average chance of being published.

If you’re not too tired of Irving’s repetition, have a go at his latest remix. It’s thoughtful and self-aware, perhaps painfully at times. But as usual, his characters and their drama are interesting, often comical, and always touching. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
A Widow for One Year: A Novel by John Irving I've given this extraordinary book 5 Stars because it is really 3 (or more) books in one and it held my interest through all of its 24 odd hours of listening.As usual I won't summarise it, you can read that stuff anywhere. What I will tell you is about the characters, they were so real that the guy reading it reminded me of the father, who was pretty obnoxious, and I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't the father who was reading the book even though I knew this was exactly how the father would sound.This is a long story (the book is 576 pages) but it weaves and wobbles its way through several lives and characters from the books within this book occasionally appear too.I learned something about driving so fundamental that I had never heard nor been taught it until I came across it here.This is also the guy that wrote The World According to Garp and Ciderhouse Rules and A Prayer For Owen Meany.I also came across him saying that he always wrote the last sentence first then worked his way back to the beginning and by the time he got to the front it was like remembering something that had already happened.Great book. ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
There's a lot to love about this novel, but there's too much other stuff as well... It feels repetitive and over-structured. I think he needed a better editor for this one. As usual, Irving is funny, outrageous, sad, etc. ( )
  keithostertag | Jul 10, 2020 |
"Eines Nachts, als sie vier Jahre alt war und in der untersten Koje ihres Etagenbetts schlief, erwachte Ruth Cole zu dem Geräusch des Liebeslebens - es kam aus dem Schlafzimmer ihrer Eltern."

Dieser Satz eröffnet John Irvings neunten Roman, Eine Witwe für ein Jahr, eine Geschichte einer von Tragödien gezeichneten Familie. Ruth Cole ist eine komplexe, oft sich selbst widersprechende Figur - eine "schwierige" Frau. Auf keinen Fall ist sie konventionell "nett", aber sie wird nie vergessen werden.

Ruths Geschichte wird in drei Teilen erzählt, die sich jeweils auf eine kritische Zeit in ihrem Leben konzentrieren. Als wir sie zum ersten Mal im Sommer 1958 auf Long Island treffen, ist Ruth erst vier Jahre alt.

Das zweite Fenster in Ruths Leben öffnet sich im Herbst 1990, als sie eine unverheiratete Frau ist, deren Privatleben nicht annähernd so erfolgreich ist wie ihre literarische Karriere. Aus gutem Grund mißtraut sie ihrem Urteilsvermögen über Männer.

A Widow for One Year schließt im Herbst 1995, als Ruth Cole eine einundvierzigjährige Witwe und Mutter ist. Sie steht kurz davor, sich zum ersten Mal zu verlieben.
Richtig komisch, aber auch zutiefst beunruhigend, ist Eine Witwe für ein Jahr eine vielschichtige Liebesgeschichte von erstaunlicher emotionaler Kraft. Er ist sowohl schmutzig und erotisch als auch ein brillanter Roman über den Lauf der Zeit und die Unerbittlichkeit der Trauer.
Quelle: john-irving.com
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
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Romanen beskriver Ruth Cole på 3 kritiske tidspunkter i hendes liv: Da hun er 4 år i 1958, i 1990, hvor hun er ugift og har mere succes som forfatter end i privatlivet, og i 1995, hvor hun er enke, mor og i færd med at forelske sig for første gang i sit liv.

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