Is John Irving a genre? Is now.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is ‘Favourite Characters in Genre X’. When I saw the topic I started thinking about my favourite characters in contemporary literature, lad-lit, chick-lit and foodie-lit. But then I decided I haven’t crapped on about John Irving in AGES, so now we have Irving-lit, a newly-minted genre devoted to the fabulousness that is John Irving.
In no particular order, here are my favourite Irving characters –
1. Daniel Baciagalupo / Danny Angel from Last Night in Twisted River.
2. The bears. There’s always a bear.
3. Owen Meany from A Prayer for Owen Meany.
4. Fuzzy Stone from The Cider House Rules (Good night Fuzzy Stone!)
5. Ketchum from Last Night in Twisted River.
6. Sorrow, the family dog, from The Hotel New Hampshire.
7. John Berry from The Hotel New Hampshire (see previous post on Rob Lowe).
8. Ruth Cole from A Widow for One Year.
9. Vienna – not a character but an Irving signature.
10. Dr. Wilbur Larch from The Cider House Rules who is credited with one of my favourite Irving lines – “Good night—you Princes of Maine, you Kings of New England!”
I accept that this post will probably not thrill anyone except Rory at Fourth Street Review. Apologies.