The Water-Method Man

The Water-Method Man

by John Irving

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“John Irving, it is abundantly clear, is a true artist.”—Los Angeles Times

Fred "Bogus" Trumper has troubles. A divorced, broke graduate student of Old Norse in 1970s New York, Trumper is a wayward knight-errant in the battle of the sexes and the pursuit of happiness: His ex-wife has moved in with his childhood best friend, his life is the subject of a tell-all movie, and his chronic urinary tract infection requires surgery. 

Trumper is determined to change. There's only one problem: it seems the harder he tries to alter his adolescent ways, the more he is drawn to repeating the mistakes of the past. . . .

Written when Irving was twenty-nine, Trumper's tale of woe is told with all the wit and humor that would become Irving's trademark.

“Three or four times as funny as most novels.”The New Yorker

Praise for The Water-Method Man

“Friendship, marriage, and family are his primary themes, but at that blundering level of life where mishap and folly—something close to joyful malice—perpetually intrude and distrupt, often fatally. Life, in [John] Irving's fiction, is always under siege. Harm and disarray are daily fare, as if the course of love could not run true. . . . Irving's multiple manner . . . his will to come at the world from different directions, is one of the outstandint traits of The World According to Garp, but this remarkable flair for . . . stories inside stories . . . isalready handled with mastery . . . and with a freedom almost wanton in The Water-Method Man [which is Garp's predecessor by six years].”—Terrence Des Pres

“Brutal reality and hallucination, comedy and pathos. A rich, unified tapestry.”Time

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984800077
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 140,172
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

John Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times—winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp. In 1992, Mr. Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules—a film with seven Academy Award nominations.



Date of Birth:

March 2, 1942

Place of Birth:

Exeter, New Hampshire


B.A., University of New Hampshire, 1965; also studied at University of Vienna; M.F.A., Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1967

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The Water-Method Man 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
SimoneA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A funny and short novel, and a nice change from Irving's usual story elements, i.e. bears and wrestling.
rcooper3589 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it was laugh-out-loud funny. and cause trumper is dealing with "the real world" in his own way i could definatly relate to him on so many levels. it was classic irving- all the normal themes: lust, infedelity, parental relationships, being a father, travel, sex... you get the idea. it would be cool if irving wrote from a woman's point of view... i wonder what he would have to say....
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Life is so short and this is so boring Couldn't get through it
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read 100+ pages into this book and I have no idea what is going on and I am also turned off by the use of curse words.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. One of my first 10 novels in English, but I thought the book was great. I didn't really feel that bogus solved his serious issues though. I thought it was too easy. Hope I was helpful...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Water Method Man is my favorite book of all time!!! I recomend it to everyone of age to read this book!!!