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Until I Find You (Part A) - A Novel

John Irving

Until I Find You is the story of the actor Jack Burns - his life, loves, celebrity and astonishing search for the truth about his parents. When he is four years old, Jack travels with his mother Alice, a tattoo artist, to several North Sea ports in search of his father, William Burns. From Copenhagen to Amsterdam, William, a brilliant church organist and profligate womanizer, is always a step ahead - has always just departed in a wave of scandal, with a new tattoo somewhere on his body from a local master or "scratcher." Alice and Jack abandon their quest, and Jack is educated at schools in Canada and New England - including, tellingly, a girls' school in Toronto. His real education consists of his relationships with older women - from Emma Oastler, who initiates him into erotic life, to the girls of St. Hilda's, with whom he first appears on stage, to the abusive Mrs. Machado, whom he first meets when sent to learn wrestling at a local gym. Too much happens in this expansive, eventful novel to possibly summarize it all. Emma and Jack move to Los Angeles, where Emma becomes a successful novelist and Jack a promising actor. A host of eccentric minor characters memorably come and go, including Jack's hilariously confused teacher the Wurtz; Michelle Maher, the girlfriend he will never forget; and a precocious child Jack finds in the back of an Audi in a restaurant parking lot. We learn about tattoo addiction and movie cross-dressing, "sleeping in the needles" and the cure for cauliflower ears. And John Irving renders his protagonist's unusual rise through Hollywood with the same vivid detail and range of emotions he gives to the organ music Jack hears as a child in European churches. This is an absorbing and moving book about obsession and loss, truth and storytelling, the signs we carry on us and inside us, the traces we can't get rid of. Jack has always lived in the shadow of his absent father. But as he grows older - and when his mother dies - he starts to doubt the portrait of his father's character she pain

Until I Find You is the story of the actor Jack Burns - his life, loves, celebrity and astonishing search for the truth about his parents. When he is four years old, Jack travels with his mother Alice, a tattoo artist, to several North Sea ports in search of his father, William Burns. From Copenhagen to Amsterdam, William, a brilliant church organist and profligate womanizer, is always a step ahead - has always just departed in a wave of scandal, with a new tattoo somewhere on his body from a local master or "scratcher." Alice and Jack abandon their quest, and Jack is educated at schools in Canada and New England - including, tellingly, a girls' school in Toronto. His real education consists of his relationships with older women - from Emma Oastler, who initiates him into erotic life, to the girls of St. Hilda's, with whom he first appears on stage, to the abusive Mrs. Machado, whom he first meets when sent to learn wrestling at a local gym. Too much happens in this expansive, eventful novel to possibly summarize it all. Emma and Jack move to Los Angeles, where Emma becomes a successful novelist and Jack a promising actor. A host of eccentric minor characters memorably come and go, including Jack's hilariously confused teacher the Wurtz; Michelle Maher, the girlfriend he will never forget; and a precocious child Jack finds in the back of an Audi in a restaurant parking lot. We learn about tattoo addiction and movie cross-dressing, "sleeping in the needles" and the cure for cauliflower ears. And John Irving renders his protagonist's unusual rise through Hollywood with the same vivid detail and range of emotions he gives to the organ music Jack hears as a child in European churches. This is an absorbing and moving book about obsession and loss, truth and storytelling, the signs we carry on us and inside us, the traces we can't get rid of. Jack has always lived in the shadow of his absent father. But as he grows older - and when his mother dies - he starts to doubt the portrait of his father's character she pain
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Genres:

Fiction

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Until I Find You is the story of the actor Jack Burns - his life, loves, celebrity and astonishing search for the truth about his parents. When he is four years old, Jack travels with his mother Alice, a tattoo artist, to several North Sea ports in search of his father, William Burns. From Copenhagen to Amsterdam, William, a brilliant church organist and profligate womanizer, is always a step ahead - has always just departed in a wave of scandal, with a new tattoo somewhere on his body from a local master or "scratcher." Alice and Jack abandon their quest, and Jack is educated at schools in Canada and New England - including, tellingly, a girls' school in Toronto. His real education consists of his relationships with older women - from Emma Oastler, who initiates him into erotic life, to the girls of St. Hilda's, with whom he first appears on stage, to the abusive Mrs. Machado, whom he first meets when sent to learn wrestling at a local gym. Too much happens in this expansive, eventful novel to possibly summarize it all. Emma and Jack move to Los Angeles, where Emma becomes a successful novelist and Jack a promising actor. A host of eccentric minor characters memorably come and go, including Jack's hilariously confused teacher the Wurtz; Michelle Maher, the girlfriend he will never forget; and a precocious child Jack finds in the back of an Audi in a restaurant parking lot. We learn about tattoo addiction and movie cross-dressing, "sleeping in the needles" and the cure for cauliflower ears. And John Irving renders his protagonist's unusual rise through Hollywood with the same vivid detail and range of emotions he gives to the organ music Jack hears as a child in European churches. This is an absorbing and moving book about obsession and loss, truth and storytelling, the signs we carry on us and inside us, the traces we can't get rid of. Jack has always lived in the shadow of his absent father. But as he grows older - and when his mother dies - he starts to doubt the portrait of his father's character she pain

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

35h 13m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:15


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:50


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:19


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:24


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:34


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:14


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:09


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:44


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:53


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:33


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:00


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:37


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:44


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:11


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:11


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:19


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:55


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:22


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:24


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:29


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:15


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:51


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:56


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:17


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:21


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:20


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:02


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:20


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:58


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:40


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:25


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:08


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:18


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:30


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:54


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:31


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:24


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:19


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:00


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:42


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:35


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:59


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:11


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:48


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:13


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:58


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:12


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:44


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:46


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:11


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:37


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:52


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:56


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:17


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:06


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:52


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:35


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:57


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:34


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:32


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:57


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:21


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:52


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:58


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:10


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:32


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:32


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

02:40


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:51


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:12


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:11


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:38


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:01


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:57


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:46


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:30


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:17


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:02


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:35


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:54


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:33


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:26


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:05


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:15


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:51


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:21


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:33


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

08:08


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:30


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:31


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:33


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:29


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:28


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:19


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

08:13


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:53


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

07:25


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:51


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:54


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

08:12


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:48


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:44


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

08:59


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:43


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

08:00


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

07:47


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

08:11


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

08:27


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

08:26


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:59


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

07:14


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

07:37


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:11


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

06:00


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

07:06


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

07:32


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

02:41


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

07:28


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

07:56


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

07:41


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

07:02


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

07:10


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

02:34


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

06:50


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

07:39


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

08:27


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

07:36


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

07:48


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

08:01


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

06:55


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

07:31


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

06:33


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

06:09


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

02:40


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

07:41


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

07:58


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

07:09


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

05:29


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

06:21


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

06:49


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

08:02


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

06:45


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

07:00


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

07:06


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

05:35


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

05:42


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

06:20


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

06:49


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

07:17


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

08:10


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

07:17


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

08:02


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

06:18


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

07:25


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

02:43


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

05:56


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

04:00


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

06:33


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

04:27


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

06:51


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

06:42


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

07:21


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

07:20


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

06:36


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

06:03


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

07:58


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

07:18

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