Until I Find You (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/8/1
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'According to his mother, Jack Burns was an actor before he was an actor, but Jack's most vivid memories of childhood were those moments when he felt compelled to hold his mother's hand. He wasn't acting then.'
Jack Burns' mother, Alice, is a tattoo artist in search of the boy's father, a virtuoso organist named William who has fled America to Europe. To fund her journey, she plies her trade in the seaports of the Baltic coast. But her four-year-old son's errant father can't be found, and soon even Jack's memories of that perplexing time are called into question. It is only when he becomes a Hollywood actor in later life that what he has experienced in the past comes into telling play in his present......
"John Irving has been compared to Kurt Vonnegut and J.D. Salinger, but is arguably more inventive than either. Wry, laconic, he sketches his characters with an economy that springs from a feeling for words and a mastery of his craft" (The Times)
"Irving writes with a lapidary directness that is unsurpassed by any living writer" (Sunday Telegraph)
"It is very satisfying to read a book that is hard to put down, and if this were a more valued criterion, Irving would no doubt by now have received the official accolades he deserves" (Financial Times)
"Vivid, eccentric, memorable" (Independent)
"Irving's popularity is not too difficult to understand. His world really is the world according to everyone" (Time)
冬のデンマーク オランダ スエーデンと転々としていく先々で刺青屋をしながら
妻が夫を 子供が母親を 男が女を 息子が父親を探し続ける話です。
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There is a degree of suspense and anticipation fostered by a plot that moves at a very plodding, if moderately entertaining pace, but this is no "Twisted River" (and I say that as a fan of the writer and also as a fan of tattoos!).
Unfortunately, the payoff at the end of this story does not seem commensurate with all of the prior teasing, and the central character's epiphany is not especially affecting, maybe because the author has made him so emotionally unavailable throughout the book.
IMHO Irving needs a better editor!
By the time Jack's wrestling partner, an older woman, began molesting him, I was too far into the story to stop reading cold turkey. From then on, I just skipped over the disturbing parts because I HAD TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED. Where was Jack's father? What really happened between Alice and William? Was William the cad he was portrayed to be?
When the mammoth novel begins, Jack is a 4-year-old child living with his mother Alice, a tattoo artist. As it turns out, she is also a prostitute, at least some of the time. Just when I was thinking that Jack's memory was incredibly sharp, I learned that he was remembering events incorrectly. Was that a protective mechanism? Or was it just proof of the human fallibility of memory? Psychologists believe that personal memories are part fact and part fiction, and that certainly seems to be the case with young Jack.
Years pass, and Jack grows up and goes away to school. He discovers his proclivity for acting and later becomes a top rated movie star. However, he is quite unhappy and harbors resentment towards his mother, especially after he learns the twisted truth about what happened between William and her. Wait! Is William the good guy and Alice the villain? You'll need to read that for yourself.
Irving's story telling ability intrigued me so that I had to stick it out until the end. Would Jack find his father? Would they forge a relationship? Yes! But that's all I'm saying. Well, I'll add one more thing. Jack's life takes an upswing in more ways than one when he learns that he has a father, a father who has loved him at a distance for his entire life.
This is a long, long novel with disturbing scenes and language that could have been omitted without harm to the novel. People's family relations are complex and affect us in a myriad of ways. If you don't believe me, read this novel...just be prepared for some disturbing scenes.