The Fourth Hand

The Fourth Hand

John Irving / Oct 21, 2019

The Fourth Hand While reporting a story from India a New York television journalist has his left hand eaten by a lion millions of TV viewers witness the accident In Boston a renowned hand surgeon awaits the opportu

  • Title: The Fourth Hand
  • Author: John Irving
  • ISBN: 9780345463159
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • While reporting a story from India, a New York television journalist has his left hand eaten by a lion millions of TV viewers witness the accident In Boston, a renowned hand surgeon awaits the opportunity to perform the nation s first hand transplant meanwhile, in the distracting aftermath of an acrimonious divorce, the surgeon is seduced by his housekeeper A married wWhile reporting a story from India, a New York television journalist has his left hand eaten by a lion millions of TV viewers witness the accident In Boston, a renowned hand surgeon awaits the opportunity to perform the nation s first hand transplant meanwhile, in the distracting aftermath of an acrimonious divorce, the surgeon is seduced by his housekeeper A married woman in Wisconsin wants to give the one handed reporter her husband s left hand that is, after her husband dies But the husband is alive, relatively young, and healthy.

    The Fourth Hand by John Irving Jul , Jan , rated it it was amazing The Fourth Hand, John Irivings bestseller, is the story of a talking head who works for a TV version of the National Enquirer What is sordid, outrageous, and not really worthy of our attention is the stuff The Fourth Hand The Fourth Hand is a novel written by American novelist John Irving It is his th published novel While reporting a story from India, Patrick Wallingford, a New York television journalist, has his left hand eaten by a lion Millions of TV viewers witness the accident, and The Fourth Hand John Irving The Fourth Hand is characteristic of John Irving s seamless storytelling and further explores some of the author s recurring themes loss, grief, love as redemption But this novel also breaks new ground it offers a penetrating look at the power of second chances and the will to change. The Fourth Hand John Irving Books The Fourth Hand is somewhat interesting and entertaining, but certainly not on par with Irving s masterpieces In the afterward, Irving explains that he wanted to write a comedy and a love story He did The first half of the book is a comedy, something like a slapstick Garp, and the second half is something of a ho hum love story. Under the Dome The Fourth Hand TV Episode Aug , The Fourth Hand Julia takes Barbie to see the mini dome and the egg, but they have both disappeared A former acquaintance of Big Jim and Barbie makes a re appearance Angie starts to experience the same seizures as Joe and Norrie. Fiction Book Review THE FOURTH HAND by John Irving THE FOURTH HAND A touch of the bizarre has always enlivened Irving s novels, and here he outdoes himself in spinning a grotesque incident into a dramatic story brimming with humor, sexual shenanigans and unexpected poignancy While reporting on a trapeze artist who fell to his death in India shades of Irving s A Son of the Circus , The Fourth Hand Under the Dome Wiki FANDOM powered by The Fourth Hand is the ninth episode of the first season of Under the Dome It premiered in August, Synopsis Edit Julia takes Barbie to see the mini dome and the egg, but they have both disappeared Barbie leaves to help Linda break up some fights. The Fourth Hand ReadingGroupGuides THE FOURTH HAND s Patrick Wallingford and THE WATER METHOD MAN s Bogus Trumper have much in common Both suffer from physical anomalies obliquely referred to in their respective book s title each spends a great deal of time in front of a camera, Wallingford because he is a television journalist, Trumper because one of his best friends is a The Fourth Hand by John Irving Book Club Discussion Discussion Questions The Fourth Hand by John Irving The novel is clearly critical of the kind of news media epitomized by the footage of Patrick Wallingford s accident and by the calamity channel in general And yet it doesn t renounce TV and modern media entirely What kind of news coverage do you see the novel advocating The Fourth Hand cbs The Fourth Hand S E Big Jim and Barbie discover their lives are intertwined than they knew when a mysterious woman, Maxine, shows up unexpectedly in Chester s Mill.

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        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. John Irving's characters are often quirky to say the least. Normally they draw one in. Irving's typical forays into the minds of the odd but believable individuals who populate his stories are usually irresistably intriguing. I have often had a difficult time putting an Irving novel down. This novel for some reason does not work. The characters did not interest me, and I neither liked nor disliked most of them. The plot drags on. I often considered putting the book down for good, and not finishi [...]

    2. For the standard that is John Irving, this book was so disappointing. I don't think he had much of a story and was depending on his characteristic literary traits to hold the story together, but unfortunately it backfired and instead of sustaining a mediocre story, turned all the things I loved about him into clichés and far-stretched half baked ideas. Do not judge Irving by this book, he is so much better than this!

    3. On John Irving, I have six thoughts:1. He always seems to have a discombobulated male as his central character, Garp, the narrator in A Prayer for Owen Meany, the dad in The Hotel New Hampshire, and the young orphan in The Cider House Rules. They can be clueless, happy-go-lucky, confused, aimless, grief-stricken…2. There is also always some intriguing but slightly distant female.3. Irving loves the little bits of weirdness, like the woman in the bear costume in The Hotel New Hampshire.4. Irvin [...]

    4. Romanzo molto spassoso e con una critica assai condivisibile nei confronti della meschinità e della superficialità di un certo modo di intendere l’informazione. Tuttavia, rispetto ad altre opere dello stesso autore quali Il mondo secondo Garp, Le regole della casa del sidro, Preghiera per un amico oppure Figlio del circo, tanto per fare degli esempi, mi è parso di livello decisamente inferiore.

    5. This story, with all its unlikely characters and the attendant twists and turns, has John Irving's mark all over it. John Irving is with out a doubt, my favorite living American writer. It therefore comes as no surprise that I would find this book enjoyable. For me, the characters are believable and their stories come together to reveal the intricacies that tie them all to one another. Patrick Wallingford is a sympathetic enough character in that his initial shallowness makes him someone whom I [...]

    6. It pains me, LITERALLY PAINS ME, to give a John Irving novel anything less than 4 stars. He is among my favorite living authors, and I typically wholeheartedly enjoy the stories he tells and the vivid characters he creates. But this one well, it just fell flat for me. I could not relate to or care about any of the characters, the storyline was rather blah, and while I truly truly love him, Irving's writing STYLE and "voice" aren't visual music for me the way Nicole Krauss or Marianne Wiggins are [...]

    7. While at work on the massive tome that became Until I Find You, John Irving took a break to work on the comedic and relatively short novel, The Fourth Hand. Irving began it hoping it would be his first comedy since The Water-Method Man. The Fourth Hand is quite funny, especially in the earlier chapters, but it ends up growing out of its original intentions; by the end, you're not reading a comedy. It's not a sad book, but it is bittersweet in a way that will be familiar to John Irving fans. Patr [...]

    8. I just finished reading John Irving’s The Fourth Hand. While it is worth noting that I have previously read both The World According to Garp and A Prayer for Owen Meany, found each to be better than The Fourth Hand, and recommend that you read both, The Fourth Hand is especially significant today--two days after the Virginia Tech shooting. The Fourth Hand is a story that follows a cad of a television field reporter who loses his left hand to an Indian circus lion while on an assignment. The re [...]

    9. Ex Bookworm group review:I mentioned in my review reminder that I was reading this book for the second time because I had read it on holiday and couldn't remember anything about it. As I have re-read the first hundred pages or so, I've come to the realisation that I still won't remember that much about it because it isn't really about anything – or not anything I care about, anyway.My biggest problem with the book is that it just tries too damn hard to be clever and funny and, I suppose, Irvin [...]

    10. "La quarta mano": cioè la quarta di quaranta che sarebbero servite a Irving per scrivere qualcosa che fosse anche solo lontanamente paragonabile a "Il mondo secondo Garp" o "Preghiera per un amico".

    11. I know that John Irving is a human being. I’ve seen him in person; therefore I know that he is human, which is to say, flawed. I accept that. What I have not accepted—until reading “The Fourth Hand”—is that he is a flawed writer. As a MASSIVE John Irving fan, I have genuinely loved every novel he published prior to this one, from the middle-aged suburban angst of “The 158-Pound Marriage” to the exotic lunacy of “A Son of the Circus” (which required three attempts before I could [...]

    12. This novel was a very slow start for me. I had a hard time getting into the writing; it was shallow and quick, choppy even. Hard to fall into, and moved too quick and jerky to be enjoyable. Like riding a bus going too fast down an alley that may have something interesting going on, if you could look out the windows and see more than brick whizzing by. Turns out that was on purpose. I didn't figure it out, though, so that detracted from the novel as a whole. If I'd caught on to what he was doing [...]

    13. This novel follows the highlights and troughs in the life of Patrick Wallingford, a journalist working for a trashy 24-hour TV news station. Whilst covering a story in India, he gets one of his hands bitten off by a circus lion. A surgeon shows interest in trying a hand transplant, and shortly after this Doris Clausen, a newly widowed woman who saw the lion episode on television, offers one of her husband's hands for the operation.on the condition she can have visiting rights to see the hand aft [...]

    14. I found The Fourth Hand a highly entertaining read with an interesting premise—what are some of the moral and ethical issues associated with appendage transplants versus internal organs? As usual, Irving creates some slightly odd but memorable characters and does an excellent job of moving them and the story forward with his particularly unique style of humor, shock, and sensitivity. I tire of some reviewers comparing an author’s novels to that author’s past works. An American gem like Jo [...]

    15. Patrick Wallingford is the anchorman for a 'Disaster Channel'; a good looking vacuum, he loses a hand to a lion during a live TV segment that is shown around the world and which makes him a star. He becomes the recipient of a hand transplant; only thing is, the donor's wife wants visiting rights. Zajac, the hand doctor, is Irving at his best - farcical, bizarre, and deeply tragic all in one. There are sections comparable to Dickens in their inventive eccentricity. Doris, however, is Irving at hi [...]

    16. A television reporter from New York, while filming a story in India, carelessly, moves too close to the cage of a lion. In an instant, the lion grabs his hand and consumes it. His left hand. This makes world news. The public can't get enough of it. He's achieved instant celebrity status. Minus a hand.He's been contacted by a donor to replace his left hand. This act of charity was made by the deceased man's wife. The stage is set for the first hand transplant. And a future relationship with the w [...]

    17. Too quirky, the writing seem forced, and in general, a slapdash effort. I have enjoyed every other Irving book I've read - so this was a big disappointment. I understand he wrote this book while also writing "until I found you". It seemed like he had a somewhat formed idea for a book and threw a loose story around it with unlike able characters.

    18. I think Irving could write a grocery list and I would enjoy reading it I love the way he creates and develops, and then follows the growth of his characters. I love the completeness, the wholeness he creates with his outrageously hilarious and thought-provoking stories. The way he strings words together on the page so great!

    19. The Fourth Hand, John Irivings 2004 bestseller, is the story of a talking head who works for a TV version of the National Enquirer. What is sordid, outrageous, and not really worthy of our attention is the stuff of the network for which Patrick Wallingford reports.His own maiming while by a lion in India while he is reporting a story about the circus industry makes him the subject of his own network's reporting. He becomes The Lion Guy, One-Hand.He also becomes the subject of a medical experimen [...]

    20. For to have laboured for many years and to have fashioned a small brown cylindrical, tapered object has got to be much more disappointing, and confusing to an author than it can ever be to me. All I've lost is 2 days of the opportunity to read something better. He has lost so much more.Witness any movie, any person walking down the street, any building, anything and you see something that someone has spent years and tears fashioning and moulding and creating. That young girl you passed on the st [...]

    21. Each time I read an Irving novel my response is always the same; how can I describe his writing style? How do I explain it to myself? First, his humor, that in the beginning seems so cynical. Perhaps it's social satire, or maybe farce is a better term. However it's described, his characters slowly become real, textured individuals that I actually begin to empathize with and care about. Patrick Wallingford is an on-camera reporter for a twenty-four hour, sensationalist news network, with a less t [...]

    22. This book was very disappointing. I happen to love most of John Irving's books which are always populated by odd, quirky, unique and unlikely characters. A Prayer for Owen Meany is extraordinarily beautiful and I will always have it in the top ten best books of all time. The Cider House Rules, The Hotel New Hampshire and The World According to Garp are funny, sad, tender and complex stories. Irving is a master at examining deep and controversial subjects like iconography, abortion, sexuality, fa [...]

    23. I read A Prayer For Owen Meany last year and loved it so much that I wanted to read more of this amazing author John Irving.The Fourth Hand was not what I expected. I'm not sure why I wasn't prepared for it, considering that the words "sexual farce" were written in the summary on the front flap of the book. The best way I know to describe this novel is: a mix of John Steinback and Fifty Shades of Grey. (Don't panic, friends - I haven't read and don't intend to read Fifty Shades. I've heard enoug [...]

    24. I love John Irving. I hate this book. This seems to be a general consensus among all John Irving fans. The worst part is that I chose this book to introduce my husband to John Irving, so now he thinks I'm crazy, even though I keep insisting that this book doesn't even hold a candle to A Prayer For Owen Meany, Hotel New Hampshire, or The World According to Garp. Sure, there are the expected Irving elements: the basic quirky characters, the awkwardly realistic awkward sex scenes, the obligatory Ge [...]

    25. 2.5. Unsurprisingly, The Fourth Hand is impeccably written. Irving has a way with words that makes me fly through his books and is an extraordinary storyteller. My problem with this one is that from page one, I never bought the actual story. It's just too bizarre to ever really care about. A TV journalist's hand is bitten off by a lion in India on live TV, he gets on the list for an experimental hand transplant, the hand doc is SNL skit strange, someone accidentally shoots themselves and dies in [...]

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