The Imaginary Girlfriend

The Imaginary Girlfriend

A Memoir

Book - 2002
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Random House, Inc.
“ The Imaginary Girlfriend is a miniature autobiography detailing Irving’s parallel careers of writing and wrestling. . . . Tales of encounters with writers (John Cheever, Nelson Algren, Kurt Vonnegut) are intertwined with those about his wrestling teammates and coaches. With humor and compassion, [Irving] details the few truly important lessons he learned about writing. . . . And in beefing up his narrative with anecdotes that are every bit as hilarious as the antics in his novels, Irving combines the lessons of both obsessions (wrestling and writing) . . . into a somber reflection on the importance of living well.” – The Denver Post
The Imaginary Girlfriend is a miniature autobiography detailing Irving’s parallel careers of writing and wrestling. . . . Tales of encounters with writers (John Cheever, Nelson Algren, Kurt Vonnegut) are intertwined with those about his wrestling teammates and coaches. With humor and compassion, [Irving] details the few truly important lessons he learned about writing. . . . And in beefing up his narrative with anecdotes that are every bit as hilarious as the antics in his novels, Irving combines the lessons of both obsessions (wrestling and writing) . . . into a somber reflection on the importance of living well.”
The Denver Post

Baker & Taylor
The author combines a portrait of the world of wrestling with a memoir that portrays a father's dedication to his children.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine, 2002
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780345458261
0345458265
Branch Call Number: B IRVING
B IRVING
Characteristics: 180 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm

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Jul 29, 2015

"My life in wrestling was one-eighth talent and seven-eighths discipline. I believe that my life as a writer consists of one-eight talent and seven-eighths discipline, too."
John Irving, the author of "The World According to Garp" and "The Cider House Rules," has never been particularly hip or trendy. He's never been part of any literary movement and has little interest in modernism, post-modernism, or any ism. He's simply a great novelist in the old fashioned sense of the word. This slim volume is memoir of both his writing career and his wrestling career, two things that feature in his books. As in his novels, he's a witty, observant, conversational guide. I would've liked a little less wrestling, but it's clearly important to him as he competed, reffed, and coached. A must for the Irving fan. The collection "Trying to Save Piggy Sneed" also has some autobiographical pieces.

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