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Setting Free the Bears
     

Setting Free the Bears

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by John Irving
 

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This funny and moving novel juxtaposes selected events in WW II with the rebellion of youth in the late 1960s. One spring day in Vienna, Graff, an earnest young Austrian student who has just failed his exams, meets Siggy, a wildly eccentric motorcycle mechanic and philosopher. Together they roam the countryside astride a 700cc Royal Enfield racer. Lovely long-limbed

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This funny and moving novel juxtaposes selected events in WW II with the rebellion of youth in the late 1960s. One spring day in Vienna, Graff, an earnest young Austrian student who has just failed his exams, meets Siggy, a wildly eccentric motorcycle mechanic and philosopher. Together they roam the countryside astride a 700cc Royal Enfield racer. Lovely long-limbed Gallen soon joins them. Moving rapidly from incident to incident in the best picaresque tradition, the drama climaxes in "the great zoo bust" as all forms of beast--including human--break free.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671822552
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
02/28/1979

Meet the Author

John Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times—winning in 1980 for the novel The World According to Garp. That book, and a number of others, including The Cider House Rules, for which he won the 2000 Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, have been turned into films. Other popular Irving novels include A Prayer for Owen Meany and Avenue of Mysteries. In 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Vermont
Date of Birth:
March 2, 1942
Place of Birth:
Exeter, New Hampshire
Education:
B.A., University of New Hampshire, 1965; also studied at University of Vienna; M.F.A., Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1967

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