Year 2, Book 2

2. A Widow for One Year by John Irving
I’ve seen a bunch of movies based on John Irving’s books, but I had never read one of his books, so in the mood for a fiction book I finally decided to check one out. I chose A Widow for One Year because I had seen the movie The Door in the Floor, which is based on the book, and was curious about how where the title of the book came from because it definitely didn’t relate to the movie at all. Well it turns out that the movie is based on only the first third of the book, and the title of the book comes from something that happens much later in the book. But at least I know where it comes from now. I mostly enjoyed the book. I definitely liked the beginning better. It felt like it was getting tedious at the end and was dragging on way too long. Many of the characters were writers and Irving felt the need to throw in random chapters supposedly from the books written by the characters, which I felt was mostly unnecessary and made the book drag on. Plus the ending felt too easy and wrapped up too neatly after a lot of strife throughout, which felt way too unrealistic to me. But I guess people like a happy ending. I’ll give it a 7 out of 10.

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