A Widow For One Year

A Widow For One Year One night when she was four and sleeping in the bottom bunk of her bunk bed Ruth Cole awoke to the sound of lovemaking it was coming from her parents bedroom This is the story of Ruth Cole It is told

  • Title: A Widow For One Year
  • Author: John Irving
  • ISBN: 9780552997966
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Paperback
  • One night when she was four and sleeping in the bottom bunk of her bunk bed, Ruth Cole awoke to the sound of lovemaking it was coming from her parents bedroom This is the story of Ruth Cole It is told in three parts on Long Island, in the summer of 1958, when she is only four in 1990, when she is an unmarried woman whose personal life is not nearly as successful as One night when she was four and sleeping in the bottom bunk of her bunk bed, Ruth Cole awoke to the sound of lovemaking it was coming from her parents bedroom This is the story of Ruth Cole It is told in three parts on Long Island, in the summer of 1958, when she is only four in 1990, when she is an unmarried woman whose personal life is not nearly as successful as her literary career and in the autumn of 1995, when Ruth Cole is a forty one year old widow and mother She s also about to fall in love for the first time

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    About "John Irving"

    1. John Irving

      JOHN IRVING was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942 His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, was published in 1968, when he was twenty six He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, and coached wrestling until he was forty seven Mr Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times winning once, in 1980, for his novel The World According to Garp He received an O Henry Award in 1981 for his short story Interior Space In 2000, Mr Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules In 2013, he won a Lambda Literary Award for his novel In One Person An international writer his novels have been translated into than thirty five languages John Irving lives in Toronto His all time best selling novel, in every language, is A Prayer for Owen Meany Avenue of Mysteries is his fourteenth novel.


    1. I hated this book. John Iriving's inability to write women characters was a huge problem in this book since it has a female protagonist. I didn't care about her at all and I wasn't that intrigued by the story either. I generally like John Irving's writing style, but it didn't make any difference to me with this book because I didn't like one single character.

    2. Onvan : A Widow for One Year - Nevisande : John Irving - ISBN : 345469011 - ISBN13 : 9780345469014 - Dar 576 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1998

    3. OK here's my final word on John Irving, because I will probably never read anything else he's written (though I've heard The World According to Garp is his best.) His characters are real and they were JUST ENOUGH to keep me going each of the twenty times I nearly stopped reading this novel. The plot is a rambling patchwork in which we never, ever, forget the writer sitting at his typewriter, searching for something to say. When he finds it, he riffs on it till it dies, and then searches for some [...]

    4. John Irving has yet again created a whole world between the covers of a novel. Characters grow old with the reader, experience lust and loss, love and life. The thoughtfulness of his every detail and the concise placement of every word create a landscape more vivid than realityOne of the interesting topics of conversation in A Widow for One Year involves the main character’s attitude towards autobiographical fiction. Irving’s protagonist, world-famous author Ruth Cole, gives one hope that th [...]

    5. The first thing that struck me about this book was the heart-stopping beauty of Marion, a central character near the beginning of the book. It's tough to get images that concrete in written words, but Irving handles it without strain. Its not just a physical description, its the way that the rest of the image is a bit darker, a bit fuzzier when Marion is in the picture, like Irving is using the depth of field in a photograph to highlight the subject, like her physical brilliance is so overwhelmi [...]

    6. A Widow for One Year turned out to be better than I initially thought, although the pages featuring graphic sex scenes were kind of disturbing and felt out-of-place in the story. This book otherwise not only paints a vivid, realistic portrait of grief, but also love and nostalgia.

    7. Just started I don't know but what's with all the italicized words? Does the author do this in all his books?Omg I just finished it. It sucked so much. The characters were all flat, reduced to one quirk and one obsession, with maybe one exception (Rooie), and OMG again, why would a writer write about a writer writing about a writer? And what was it with the main character's family of writers, and her mother's lover being a writer too? And why would the author avoid simple names or pronouns, and [...]

    8. The first couple hundred pages of the book, before it jumps forward several decades, are the most even, and it is this part of the story that is most endearing. This first part introduces us to the story's three or four main characters and chronicles their shared summer of 1958--a summer which, you guessed it, has profound effects on the rest of all their lives.And it is much of the rest of these lives that Irving takes us through in the remaining four hundred pages, and due to the front-heavy n [...]

    9. I’d forgotten what an intoxicating writer John Irving is. His compelling prose has a clarity and starkness that manages to entertain your brain and soul while permanently incorporating his characters and stories into your memory and being.Irving is not one of those writers who kicks out a new novel every year. His novels are too carefully crafted, too (dare I say it?) literary to be anything less than an evolutionary process. After reading A Widow for One Year, I suspect his books are touchsto [...]

    10. Man ļoti patīk Ērvinga stils. Lēnām izbaudīju grāmatas lapu pēc lapas. Stāsts bija labs un ik pa laikam bija pārsteidzoši momenti. Neskatoties uz to, ka stāsts sākās ar Marionu, Ediju un Tedu, man tas visu laiku bija stāsts par Rutu un daļas par deviņdesmitajiem man patika vislabāk.

    11. I don't much know how I feel about this one. The first section of the book is completely brilliant. As is the last line. But in between is rushed, contrite, and full of coincidences that seems like cheap ways to move the story along. Irving gets around conflict in the second part of the book by killing people off. Don't want to deal with the Ruth/Ted conflict? Kill him off! Don't want ruth to have to face her husband about what happened in Amsterdam? Kill him off! And apparently, having a baby s [...]

    12. I was very close to not finishing this book around page 350 (the first section wasn't so bad, but the middle really lagged). It was very long (very wordy) and to be honest, I didn't care much for Ruth or Eddie. I am glad, however, that I continued reading because it got much better toward the end. I started liking Ruth only when she got married and became a mother. It changed something in her, I suppose. Although this was not one of my favorite books by far, I did like the way John Irving could [...]

    13. Точно такива романи обичам - големи, интересни, умни, мъдри. Джон Ървинг просто е майстор. Умее да пише истории, които нито за миг не доскучават, а героите му са така добре изпипани, че остават в съзнанието като живо хора, които си срещал и с които си общувал. Не знам как успява [...]

    14. I had really expected something different. This is the 1st of his books that I have read but I knew he wrote The World According to Garp, Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany. Maybe it is just this book but I have to say that Mr. Irving has his mind in the gutter. (sorry to all of you who think this was a terrible thing to say!) He is funny sometimes and he does write memorable scenes, however right now we are perusing the red light district in Amsterdam. There is sex on just about ever [...]

    15. This is one of those 537-page books that, after you've read about 100 pages, you realize you've pretty much seen what the author's handing out and you don't care for it. This is a drag because there is so much more of it to go and only some misguided impulse to finish what you've started goads you stubbornly onward.What's not to like? Well, here's some: At times Irving writes with the grace of a ballet dancer and at others he lumbers along like a blindfolded football player looking for an exit. [...]

    16. I hated about 89% of this book. The first part-- the whole 1958 part-- I really loved. Loved Eddie's goofy dad, the clam truck driver, Mrs. Vaughan, Ted drunkenly making Ruth grilled cheese. I was really excited to keep reading. I even loved the beginning of the next part-- Eddie running around in the rain trying to get to the book reading. After that? JUST WTF. Adult Ruth was insufferable. Hannah was about four billion times more insufferable. Ruth's journal and novel excerpts-- yep, insufferab [...]

    17. What the hell happened to John Irving??? The man that gave us Garp, Cider House, and Owen Meany has only produced mediocre works at best since 2000. Thankfully we have Richard Russo.

    18. Di come arrivammo al giorno in cui Irving mi portò alle giostre.Inutile negare che con John, io abbia passato innumerevoli momenti felici.La nostra è una storia d’amore ultra decennale. Presi una cotta per lui, quando da adolescente lo incontrai in una libreria di un anonimo paesino di mare, e rimasi ore a sentirlo raccontare le storie di Homer Ne “Le regole della casa del sidro”. Ma poi, come spesso accade nelle storie dei grandi amori, lo persi di vista. Lo rincontrai anni dopo, quando [...]

    19. 4.5 stars.I should note at the beginning that John Irving is one of my favorite authors, though I've read only 3 of his books. A Widow for One Year was written in 1998 and is his ninth novel.The protagonist is Ruth Cole. The story starts in the summer of 1958, when Ruth is only 4 years old. The book in many ways is a coming-of-age story about Ruth. But another character, Eddie O'Hare, is almost as important as Ruth. At the onset of the story Eddie is 16 years old and comes to work for the Cole f [...]

    20. The first half is Irving at his best. All those hooks on the wall. All that broken glass and all those windblown sketches. All that honesty amid all that posturing. All that clunky sex amid endless guilt.The second half embodies the detachment, the absurdity, the too-many-ideas-at-once that the main characters have grown to embrace. Perhaps they are defense mechanisms. Perhaps they are the inevitable scars of emotional abuse. Marion is so matter-of-fact about her fate, so resigned to a life that [...]

    21. My 4-star "read" review is really a misnomer because I haven't really "read" this book. This is my third try at it and once again I am stopping at the same spot I stopped the other two times! I reread the first third of the book, which I enjoyed, got into the second third of the book, read about 50 pages and come to a grinding halt. I'm really not sure what it is that is stopping me at this point but since it is the third time, I'm not sure I will try again. I returned it to the library and am a [...]

    22. Another winner from John Irving.I listened to A Widow for One Year on Audio CD read by one of my favorite narrators, George Guidall.It is a book about authors and their books and their lives. It spans 37 years in the lives of Ruth Cole and Eddie O'Hare.Ruth is the protagonist. Her parents are Ted and Marion Cole. Eddie is hired by Ted to be his driver one summer (Ted is an alcoholic who has had his driver's license suspended). Eddie becomes one of the family.This book is Irving's ninth novel, an [...]

    23. This is the only Irving novel I've read so far, but I plan to read more in the future. I read "A widow for one year" about a year ago, and I picked it unknowingly in the bookshop without knowing anything about the author, his style or the story. To be honest, I picked it up just because:a) It was long and it was summerb) It began with the sentence "One night when she was four and sleeping in the bottom bunk of her bunk bed, Ruth Cole woke to the sound of lovemaking -it was coming from her parent [...]

    24. When I think about a book written by John Irving, the picture that comes to mind is a vine; a vine that weaves within itself and spreads thick in it’s own mass. This is the 3rd Irving book I have read. Irving uses some of the same themes in his many novels. Boarding schools, younger men with older women are some that immediately come to mind. This particular book is about a family that lives in The Hamptons. The father, Ted is an author of children’s books. The wife, Marion, is also an autho [...]

    25. This book was slightly disappointing, despite how interesting the plot was. The main character, Ruth, seemed like half a person to me - and what an unlovable person, at that! One interview said the book's "comic masterstroke" was that writer John Irving made all of the characters in this book writers. Ha ha ha ha haaaaaaoh wait. That's so funny, I forgot to laugh. It would have been funny if all of the characters were hot dog vendors, for example, or clowns. But I fail to see what is funny about [...]

    26. I started to give this four stars but, the more I thought about it, well, here's five stars. A fifth star (from me) means there has to be something timeless about the story, passages that express moments of what I think of as universal connection and deep understanding. My heart either seems to slow down or speed up and I sometimes close my eyes and feeling a welling up of emotion inside. I suppose if I were willing to spend the time on this review I could express myself better, but here I sit i [...]

    27. One of the great books Irving has ever written, this novel is basically two stories in one. A fairly accurate and well-done film version of the first part came out a few years ago entitled "A Door in the Floor". It was well cast with Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger and filmed on location on Long Island.This is the story of a young girl born to two people whose lives were destroyed when their two young sons were killed while driving their parents home after a night of too much drink. The child is c [...]

    28. Una prova abbastanza modesta da parte di Irving, scrittore che solitamente mi piace. Solo a tratti ho trovato il suo consueto accattivante modo di narrare. Le situazioni proposte e i personaggi sono poco convincenti, anche considerando il fatto che, nei romanzi di questo autore, c’è sempre una componente surreale. Ma, qui, funziona poco anche quella. A dirla sinceramente, mi è quasi parso che Irving abbia un po’ combinato alla bell’e meglio idee sparse e poco coerenti tra loro. I temi a [...]

    29. If they search in my library after I die, they'll find inside the covers of some of my books notes, lists of characters and favorite quotes. There will be underlined phrases throughout. Exclamations in the margins. Here's a quote from this John Irving novel that I believe describes much of what this story is trying to say.Ted Cole is in the passenger seat while he gives his daughter, Ruth, a driving lesson. "The test is, sometimes there's no place to pull over–sometimes you can't stop, and you [...]

    30. This is my first encounter with John Irving and it had to be such a disappointing one! And I was so looking forward to reading A Prayer for Owen Meany - which I will, in the end, but not immediately, for I must recover from this reading, first :D. The best of this book is its title (although Martin Amis beat him with his Pregnant Widow), the rest of it looks like an overgrown parody of the omniscient narrator of the 19th century, with his endless foreshadowings, forewarnings and forebodings (qui [...]

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