Monday, April 7, 2008

The Fourth Hand by John Irving

First sentence:

"Imagine a young man on his way to a less-than-thirty-second event--the loss of his left hand, long before he reached middle age."


"While reporting a story from India, New York journalist Patrick Wallingford inadvertently becomes his own headline when his left hand is eaten by a lion. In Boston, a renowned surgeon eagerly awaits the opportunity to perform the nation’s first hand transplant. But what if the donor’s widow demands visitation rights with the hand? In answering this unexpected question, John Irving has written a novel that is by turns brilliantly comic and emotionally moving, offering a penetrating look at the power of second chances and the will to change." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This book started with a touch of quirky humor but over time changed into a serious love story. I liked how Patrick learns about true love and compassion as he tries to win Doris' heart. I also found the insight into television news coverage informative.

Date read: 3/22/2008
Book #: 18
Challenges: Celebrate the Author Challenge, Numbers Challenge
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Fiction

ISBN-10: 0345449347
ISBN-13: 9780345449344
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Year: 2002
# of Pages: 313
Binding: Trade Paperback
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