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A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.

His most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving’s In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy’s friends and lovers—a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself “worthwhile.”

©2012 Garp Enterprises, Ltd. (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

Kritikerstimmen

"A profound truth is arrived at in these pages. It is Irving at his most daring, at his most ambitious. It is America and American writing, both at their very best.” (Abraham Verghese)
"His most daringly political, sexually transgressive, and moving novel in well over a decade." ( Vanity Fair)
In One Person is a rich and absorbing book, even beautiful.” ( Esquire)

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Fascinating story - not a boring moment.

Was hat Ihnen das Hörerlebnis von In One Person besonders unterhaltsam gemacht?

"In One Person" is a well-written story that is complex, but not difficult to understand. The different characters have a lot of depth and show why John Irving is one of the most successful authors of his time.

Wie hat Ihnen John Benjamin Hickey als Sprecher gefallen? Warum?

John Benjamin Hickey is an absolutely amazing narrator. Even though he doesn't do this regularly as an actor, his voice carries the story gracefully and it made the whole experience of this audio book even better.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

I have read several of Irving's books and this is currently my favorite one. Brilliant plot and very entertaining.

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  • Stefan
  • Sulzbach, Deutschland
  • 08.11.2012

Enttäuscht !

Ich habe mich, als langjähriger Fan von John Irving, sehr auf das neue Buch gefreut. Leider zu früh. Habe mich gestern durch die erste Hörbuch CD gequält. Nach Last Night in Twisted River ist dies das 2te Buch in dem man nichts von dem Esprit, dem Wortwitz und der Genialität spürt die frühere Bücher von John Irving auszeichnen. Schade !

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Tragicomic Sexual Odyssey in the Times of Aids

I am an ardent John Irving fan, but I struggled with this book, not because this book deals with difficult and controversial subjects like homosexuality, bi-sexuality, cross-dressing, and AIDs, but because I found the storyline somewhat flat and missing the usual Irving touch. It took me a while to warm up to it and overtime I became impressed by its openness and intimate honesty. There are parts where John Irving takes you down a well trotted path, especially when talking about wrestling, sexual diversity and adolescent self-discovery, but overall “In one Person” is an overwhelming odyssey of a young man finding his sexual identity. It is also a story about tolerance and prejudice and unfortunately most women in the novel are portrayed as especially scornful and bigoted.

“In one Person” is the story of Billy Dean, a young boy growing up with his divorced mother in his grandparent’s home. There seems to be some mystery concerning his long gone father and Billy does not really understand why. But what bothers Billy most, is his crush on the wrong people. He feels attracted to the young wrestlers in school, but he also likes the tall, mysterious town librarian Miss Frost, he even has a crush on his mother’s new boyfriend Richard. It will take time until Billy learns to accept his bi-sexuality, but regardless of all his numerous affairs, he has difficulties to find real love. This becomes very obvious, when the growing AIDS epidemic kills most of his friends and he is forced to rethink his own life.

It is a moving story, humorous at times, but mostly dead serious on important subjects. It is an important book, perhaps not for everyone’s taste.

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There is always something that you didn't expect.

I already knew the book (in german) but it's even better then I remembered it.