The Imaginary Girlfriend (Paperback)
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The Imaginary Girlfriend (Paperback)

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Paperback 160 Pages
Published: 01/03/1997
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From a novelist known for the complexity of his novels - they are also long - comes an autobiography of compelling simplicity; it is also short. Dedicated to the memory of two wrestling coaches and two writer friends, The Imaginary Girlfriend is a lucid portrait of the writers and wrestlers who played a mentor role in John Irving's development as a novelist, a wrestler and a wrestling coach. Moreover, this candid memoir portrays a father's dedication to his children: Irving coached his sons Colin and Brendan to New England championship titles - a championship that, as a competitor, he himself was denied.

John Irving began writing and wrestling when he was fourteen. He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, he was certified as a referee for twenty-four and he coached the sport until he was forty-seven. His thirty-three years in wrestling are three times those he spent as a student and a teacher of Creative Writing; yet his concise autobiography details the interrelationship of the disciplines of writing and wrestling - from the days when Irving was a beginner at both pursuits until his fourth wrestling-related surgery at the age of fifty-three.

The Imaginary Girlfriend is both a work of the utmost literary accomplishment and a paradigm for living.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552996808
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 166 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Interesting and surprising revelations - Michael Moran, Literary Review

His "inexpressible personal opinions" as a critic are wonderful, slaying many a sacred cow - Tobias Jones, Spectator

The patent sincerity of his passion gives an appealing authenticity to this memoir... compelling and alive - Andrew Rosenheim, The Times Literary Supplement

Irving can transform sex and violence mythology with the best of 'em - Adrianne Blue, Independent on Sunday

Concise, original and enjoyable - The Times

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