Why did I love this book?
A friend gave me a copy of this book many years ago and told me I’d treasure it. She wasn’t wrong and I’ve since bought many more copies to pass on to others. This is a huge novel, with the story taking place over decades, following the lives of an oddball family, the Berrys. At times the plot seems unrealistic and almost ridiculous. But it works and I was captivated by it. Irving is a genius: he creates extraordinary characters and his writing is funny, beautiful, and lyrical.