Avenue of Mysteries

Avenue of Mysteries

Large Print - 2015
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Embarking on a trip to the Philippines, senior-aged Juan Diego reflects on dreams and memories of his childhood in Mexico before his past and present intersect in unexpected ways. By the award-winning author of A Prayer for Owen Meany. (general fiction). Simultaneous.

Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich : Thorndike Press, c2015
ISBN: 9781410484482
Branch Call Number: LP FIC IRV
Characteristics: 863 p. ;,23 cm.

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rlynes01
May 13, 2017

Not my favorite, by all means. To say I slogged through it would be an understatement.

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Oleq
Dec 26, 2016

I too found this novel tedious and gave up halfway through. The early scenes in the Oaxaca dump were okay, but when the action shifted to the Philippines, I completely lost interest.

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tbritto
Nov 04, 2016

Couldn't finish this book - and I rarely give up a book in the middle. This was my first John Irving and it made me very reluctant on reading other ones, despite recommendations from friends. Found it boring, implausible, shallow and repetitive. And it's long, really long.

Enjoyed this a lot! I hadn't read a John Irving novel for many years, although he used to be my favorite. As someone said a long time ago about a different book of his, I was sad as I got near the end because I didn't want it to end.

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esk1033
Jun 02, 2016

This is the first John Irving book that I find to be boring, repetitive and confusing at times. I won`t be finishing it. It`s a first for me.

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mclarjh
May 03, 2016

I only read the first chapter, but that's enough for me. I'm a frequent visitor to Oaxaca, the setting for the story, and I wanted to see how the author portrayed the local places and people; very disappointing, no insight or accuracy whatsoever.

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mikeystrat
Apr 20, 2016

Typical Irving fare. Dwarves, transvestites, transvestite dwarves, circus themes, religious dogma.
Irving tackles Catholicism in this story of a crippled author on a pilgrimage to fulfill a promise made as a teenager in Mexico. Lots of signature Irving riffs. The author in the story is the writer of several of Irving's own novels. No wrestling, thank God. Readers that like a tidy ending might be disappointed.

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loudem
Feb 12, 2016

One thing's for sure, this ain't a linear story. Things happen non chronologically as if a patchwork of events travelling forward and backward. I don't know if this is a good thing or not. You try to make sense of why the author worked that way, but for me he missed the mark. All in all the story is really thin, so that's maybe why. And I still wonder why those ghosts were introduced and better still who the hell are Miriam and Dorothy. Not to mentioned Leslie.

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talltimt
Feb 12, 2016

Irving has a wonderful comic sensibility. "Avenue of Mysteries" is about a boy and girl, half-sibs raised in a garbage dump (!) in Oaxaca, Mexico. [I love saying that name: OH-ah-HAH-cah.] She can read minds (literally) and speaks in an unintelligible mumble, except to the brother who is her interpreter. He is crippled when his step-father runs over his foot, becomes a famous novelist in America, and has sexual visitations from a mother and daughter who are . . . um . . . I have no idea who or what they are: ghosts, figments of his imagination, real women? You’ll have to decide. And that's not to mention the transvestite prostitute that marries a self-flagellating celibate wanna-be priest, a statue of the Virgin Mary that frightens their mother to death . . . and a circus. This novel IS a circus!

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bookwormjeph
Dec 12, 2015

Dare I say this is a typical John Irving book. Character driven , full of interesting, fallible , vulnerable human beings who very quickly endear themselves to the readers. A little overly long I thought, it seemed to lose direction in the middle section of the story. Still highly readable, enjoyable and one that brings a smile to one's face.

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