Quotes by John Irving

"When someone you love dies, and you're not expecting it, you don't lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time—the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes—when there's a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she's gone, forever—there comes another day, and another specifically missing part."
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"If you care about something you have to protect it – If you’re lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it."
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"You've got to get obsessed and stay obsessed."
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"Your memory is a monster; you forget—it doesn't. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you—and summons them to your recall with will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!"
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"What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to us wind up in parentheses."
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Books by John Irving

  • Dracula
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  • 2012 by Giulio Einaudi Editore

    (first published May 26th 1897)

John Irving
  • John Irving

  • Born: in Exeter, New Hampshire, The United States.

  • Description: 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 more 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.

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