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Television reporter Patrick Wallingford becomes a story himself when he loses his hand to a caged lion while in India covering a circus. The moment is captured live on film, and Patrick (who wears a "perpetual but dismaying smile--the look of someone who knows he's met you before but can't recall the exact occasion") is henceforth known as the lion guy. Before long, plans are made to equip Patrick with a new hand. Doctor Nicholas M. Zajac, superstar surgeon, indefatigable dog-poop scooper, runner, and part-time father, is poised to perform the operation. But the donor--or rather the widow of the donor--has a few stipulations. Doris Clausen wants to meet the one-handed reporter before the procedure, and insists on visitation rights afterward. Irving weaves these characters and a panoply of others together in a smart, funny, readable narrative. Often farcical, The Fourth Hand is ultimately something more: a tender chronicle of the redemptive power of love. --Victoria Jenkins --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
John Irving has several modern day classics to his name, so each new book he writes will inevitably be compared to those volumes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dirk M. Langeveld
Another John Irving book which seems slow to read but keeps you reading. The characters just keep you wanting you to keep reading because you can say to yourself I know how this... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Linda Patterson
Great blend of humor and ultimately sincerity -- from a superficial life to one with purpose and meaning. Well done.Published 7 months ago by mfpm
A sight twist in the usual darker john Irving. A lovely romance with just enough of the absurd to make us love it!Published 7 months ago by reader
The moral of the story--don't get close to a caged llion! The "hero" was known as the "lion man" the rest of his life. A very interesting storyPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent strorytelling as you would expect from John IrvingPublished 9 months ago by Tuomo Mehtala