The 158-pound Marriage

The 158-pound Marriage

Book - 1997
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The darker vision and sexual ambiguities of this erotic, ironic tale about a menage a quatre in a New England university town foreshadow those of The World According to Garp; but this very trim and precise novel is a marked departure from the author's generally robust, boisterous style. Though Mr. Irving's cool eye spares none of his foursome, he writes with genuine compassion for the sexual tests and illusions they perpetrate on each other; but the sexual intrigue between them demonstrates how even the kind can be ungenerous, and even the well-intentioned, destructive.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [1997]
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books trade ed
Copyright Date: ©1974
ISBN: 9780345417961
0345417968
Branch Call Number: IRVING J
Characteristics: 154 pages ; 21 cm

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Aug 07, 2014

Who is up for some wife swappin'? That is a major plot point in Irving's third novel, from 1974. He's in Updike/Cheever territory (infidelity and angst among WASPs), but Irving, because of his humor, insight, and lack of moralizing, is generally more successful than they are. If you like Irving, then you'll like this as it tackles familiar themes (love, sex, relationships, writing, wrestling). The title refers to a wrestling weight class. Not as good as his classic "The World According to Garp," but worthwhile for the Irving aficionado.

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