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The Fourth Hand

John Irving

The Fourth Hand asks an interesting question: "How can anyone identify a dream of the future?" The answer: "Destiny is not imaginable, except in dreams or to those in love." While reporting a story from India, a New York television journalist has his left hand eaten by a lion; millions of TV viewers witness the accident. In Boston, a renowned hand surgeon awaits the opportunity to perform the nation's first hand transplant; meanwhile, in the distracting aftermath of an acrimonious divorce, the surgeon is seduced by his housekeeper. A married woman in Wisconsin wants to give the one-handed reporter her husband's left hand-that is, after her husband dies. But the husband is alive, relatively young, and healthy. This is how John Irving's tenth novel begins; it seems, at first, to be a comedy, perhaps a satire, almost certainly a sexual farce. Yet, in the end, The Fourth Hand is as realistic and emotionally moving as any of Mr. Irving's previous novels-including The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and A Widow for One Year-or his Oscar-winning screenplay of The Cider House Rules. The Fourth Hand is characteristic of John Irving's seamless storytelling and further explores some of the author's recurring themes-loss, grief, love as redemption. But this novel also breaks new ground; it offers a penetrating look at the power of second chances and the will to change. From the Hardcover edition.

The Fourth Hand asks an interesting question: "How can anyone identify a dream of the future?" The answer: "Destiny is not imaginable, except in dreams or to those in love." While reporting a story from India, a New York television journalist has his left hand eaten by a lion; millions of TV viewers witness the accident. In Boston, a renowned hand surgeon awaits the opportunity to perform the nation's first hand transplant; meanwhile, in the distracting aftermath of an acrimonious divorce, the surgeon is seduced by his housekeeper. A married woman in Wisconsin wants to give the one-handed reporter her husband's left hand-that is, after her husband dies. But the husband is alive, relatively young, and healthy. This is how John Irving's tenth novel begins; it seems, at first, to be a comedy, perhaps a satire, almost certainly a sexual farce. Yet, in the end, The Fourth Hand is as realistic and emotionally moving as any of Mr. Irving's previous novels-including The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and A Widow for One Year-or his Oscar-winning screenplay of The Cider House Rules. The Fourth Hand is characteristic of John Irving's seamless storytelling and further explores some of the author's recurring themes-loss, grief, love as redemption. But this novel also breaks new ground; it offers a penetrating look at the power of second chances and the will to change. From the Hardcover edition.
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The Fourth Hand asks an interesting question: "How can anyone identify a dream of the future?" The answer: "Destiny is not imaginable, except in dreams or to those in love." While reporting a story from India, a New York television journalist has his left hand eaten by a lion; millions of TV viewers witness the accident. In Boston, a renowned hand surgeon awaits the opportunity to perform the nation's first hand transplant; meanwhile, in the distracting aftermath of an acrimonious divorce, the surgeon is seduced by his housekeeper. A married woman in Wisconsin wants to give the one-handed reporter her husband's left hand-that is, after her husband dies. But the husband is alive, relatively young, and healthy. This is how John Irving's tenth novel begins; it seems, at first, to be a comedy, perhaps a satire, almost certainly a sexual farce. Yet, in the end, The Fourth Hand is as realistic and emotionally moving as any of Mr. Irving's previous novels-including The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and A Widow for One Year-or his Oscar-winning screenplay of The Cider House Rules. The Fourth Hand is characteristic of John Irving's seamless storytelling and further explores some of the author's recurring themes-loss, grief, love as redemption. But this novel also breaks new ground; it offers a penetrating look at the power of second chances and the will to change. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jason Culp

Length:

11h 20m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:32


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:43


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:23


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:20


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:55


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:19


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:37


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:11


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:58


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:25


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:23


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:28


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:33


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:03


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:02


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:24


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:09


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:38


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:32


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:30


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:14


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:53


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:32


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:47


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:19


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:11


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:20


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:37


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

01:03:43


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:04


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:33


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:57


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:19


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:37


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:43


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:27


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:34


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:56


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:09


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:45


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:44


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

01:58


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:28


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:13


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:22


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:08


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:24


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:24


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:17


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:11


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:06


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:05


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:34


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:35


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:10


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:52


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:03


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:25


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:21


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:14


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:53


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:06


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:11


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:08


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:26


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:22


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:56


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:16


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:07


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:07


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:46


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

01:11