Posts Tagged ‘John Irving’

Monster

Your memory is a monster; you forget – it doesn’t. It simply files things away; it keeps things for you, or hides things from you. Your memory summons things to your recall with a will of its own. You imagine you have a memory, but your memory has you.

John Irving, In One Person

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The same sudden way

We don’t always have a choice how we get to know one another. Sometimes, people fall into our lives cleanly – as if out of the sky, or as if there were a direct flight from Heaven to Earth – the same sudden way we lose people, who once seemed they would always be part of our lives.

John Irving, Last Night In Twisted River

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Recursive Rant

Yet, what bothered the novelist more was that his novels had been trivialized. Danny Angel’s fiction had been ransacked for every conceivably autobiographical scrap; his novels had been dissected and overanalyzed for whatever could be construed as the virtual memoirs hidden inside them. […]

In the media, real life was more important than fiction; those elements of a novel that were, at least, based on personal experience were of more interest to the general public than those pieces of the novel-writing process that were „merely“ made up. In any work of fiction, weren’t those things that had really happened to the writer — or, perhaps, to someone the writer had intimately known — more authentic, more verifiably true, than anything that anyone could imagine? (This was a common belief, even though a fiction writer’s job was imagining, truly, a whole story — as Danny Angel had subversively said, whenever he was given the opportunity to defend the fiction in fiction writing — because real-life stories were never whole, never complete in the ways novels could be.)

John Irving, Last Night In Twisted River

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Semicolonie

Even so, Danny didn’t help himself by writing a fifth novel that was both dense and sexually disturbing. And, as more than one critic wrote, the writer loved semicolons to excess; he’d even put one in the title!

John Irving, Last Night In Twisted River

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