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THE 158-POUND MARRIAGE.

Irving, John.

ISBN 10: 0394484142 / ISBN 13: 9780394484143
Published by RANDOM HOUSE. NY 1974, 1974
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Close to fine in a Nf. dj. (Faint degree of color fade on spine of dj. Ghost of a sticker on the front pastedown. Small crease at base of rear dj. flap) Author's THIRD book. Bookseller Inventory # 2864

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Title: THE 158-POUND MARRIAGE.

Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE. NY 1974

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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"Irving looks cunningly beyond the eye-catching gyrations of the mating dance to the morning-after implications."
--The Washington Post

The darker vision and sexual ambiguities of this erotic, ironic tale about a ménage a quatre in a New England university town foreshadow those of The World According to Garp; but this very trim and precise novel is a marked departure from the author's generally robust, boisterous style. Though Mr. Irving's cool eye spares none of his foursome, he writes with genuine compassion for the sexual tests and illusions they perpetrate on each other; but the sexual intrigue between them demonstrates how even the kind can be ungenerous, and even the well-intentioned, destructive.

"One of the most remarkable things about John Irving's first three novels, viewed from the vantage of The World According to Garp, is that they can be read as one extended fictional enterprise. . . . The 158-Pound Marriage is as lean and concentrated as a mine shaft."
--Terrence Des Pres

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