'According to his mother, Jack Burns was an actor before he was an actor, but Jack's most vivid memories of childhood were those moments when he felt compelled to hold his mother's hand. He wasn't acting then.'
Jack Burns' mother, Alice, is a tattoo artist in search of the boy's father, a virtuoso organist named William who has fled America to Europe. To fund her journey, she plies her trade in the seaports of the Baltic coast. But her four-year-old son's errant father can't be found, and soon even Jack's memories of that perplexing time are called into question. It is only when he becomes a Hollywood actor in later life that what he has experienced in the past comes into telling play in his present.........Continua
I haven't read Irving for years but Until I Find You seems in many ways quintessential Irving. There is German, sex, dominating women and girls, a generally powerless male protagonist that undergoes a protracted and sexually fringe coming-of-age at the hands of a variety of dominant and sexually precocious older girls and women, lesbianism, and wrestling. I am getting the feeling Irving has a rather specific sexual apprehension, especially as regards older women, or women related by family. I am not sure I like it that much any more. Enough is enough, was my overall feeling with this book.
Apart from the same-old same-old Irving obsession with sex and mothers, sisters, and older women, the core story was very interesting. Half-way through the book the reader shares a revelation along with the male protagonist that his life as related to him by his mother is absolutely nothing like he thought it was. The gradual revelation of truth is fascinating and surprising and depressing and uplifting.
This is one for the fans, or those who are not intimidated by a cast of manipulative, conniving, superior, powerful, and deeply disturbed females who completely dominate the bewildered male protagonist during his pathetically clueless stumbling through what he believes is his life....Continua
Irving is one of those writers I read voraciously, I'm not quite sure why. There are better contemporary writers out there, but I'm just attracted to the way he tells a story. This one is not one of my favorites, but it may have my favorite ending (not last line, that goes to "Cider House Rules") but ending in general....Continua
Not the best book out there. To be truthful I had a hard time finishing it and I am one dedicated reader. Although the tattoo references are interesting the whole story line is skin deep. There is no real flow and certainly no strong ending. What bothered me most was how a 8 year old boy keeps running into old ladies who want to take advantage of him every other day? Plus it's not something I desperately want to read about. If you do, give it a try. If not leave this one on the shelf....Continua