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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.
"A hectic, gaudy saga with the verve of a Marx Brothers movie."--The New York Times Book Review "A startlingly original family saga that combines macabre humor with Dickensian sentiment."--Time "Rejoice! John Irving has written another book according to your world. . . . You must read this book."--Los Angeles Times "Spellbinding . . . intensely human . . . a high-wire act of dazzling virtuosity."--Cosmopolitan