Setting Free the Bears

Setting Free the BearsLike many people, I have read and enjoyed some of John Irving s novels My particular favourites were A Prayer for Owen Meany, The World According to Garp and A Son Of The Circus.Perhaps not as well known is his debut novel, Setting Free the Bears Disaffected student Hannes Graff hooks up with free wheeling motorcycle enthusiast Siegfried Siggy Javotnik and they embark on a picaresque jaunt across Austria, encountering many odd individuals, both human and otherwise, along the way Javotnik has a pet project which has developed into a strange obsession He wishes to repeat a wild stunt that had been pulled off once before to liberate all the animals from the Heitzinger Zoo in Vienna Circumstances intervene and the mantle is passed to Graff.Irving had studied in Vienna and the first draft of this novel was later submitted as a Master s thesis at the University of Iowa He satirizes this fact in the novel itself Javotnik submits his Highly Selective Autobiography to a professor only to have it angrily rejected as being a skewed portrayal of history The structure of the novel appears fragmented Parts One and Three contain titled segments which are too short to be chapters Part Two contains selections from the journals of Siggy Javotnik, which alternate between two narratives One tells how he stakes out the Heitzinger Zoo, while the other relates not only his own life story but the circumstances which brought his parents together in war torn Vienna The fragmented effect is somewhat irritating to me, but Irving does manage to tie the threads together and produce a funny yet disturbing climax The novel has many elements which work successfully in Irving s later books Irving has been compared to Dickens because he is able to present the eccentricities of his characters in a humorous way He is also able to present the thoughts or emotions not only of humans but of animals as well Moreover, many of the themes which appear in his succeeding books make their first appearance here the setting of Vienna, captive bears, bizarre accidents, absent parents, and characters whose highly charged libidos torment them constantly Yet the novel has a feel of insouciance and cockiness about it I can t really put my finger on it, but it did not impress me as much as some of the later works I have mentioned above. I quit on this book The first hundred pages, which involve an adventure through Austria by two young lads on a motorcycle is enjoyable, if a little vapid The remaining 250 pages, which changes dramatically in tone and format, is excerpts from a diary of one of those two guys and is painfully dull to read I struggled through 100 pages of this, wanting to get back to the narrative but it didn t come and so I quit There are too many good books around to waste your time on something as unremarkable and unpolished as this, I figure The jacket had promised a mixture of Til Eugenspeil and Ken Kesey Okay, I haven t read Eugenspiel, but I m not sure what about Irving s writing here bears comparison with Kesey Irvings prose is flat and childish, nothing like the rich textured world that Kesey can paint. This was Irving s debut, and although you can see seeds of the Dickensian characterization at which he excels in his best work, it was just not good overall Neither Siggy nor Graff held my interest, and the dialogue feels stiff and unrealistic There s also some downright strange wording I could peek how the helmet nearly covered her eyes the rain still puddled the courtyard When his spongy ribs whomped the cobbles, the horse said, Gnif I couldn t decide if this was Irving trying to show that the story is set abroad or if it was just evidence of bad writing My husband is enough of an Irving fan to have gobbled the book up by the time we reached Austria, but I decided it wasn t going to get much better That s a shame, as I would have liked to get to them, you know, actually setting free the bears at the Vienna Zoo Read the first 75 pages out of 384. It s beenthan 20 years since I first read this book and I m happy I did the re read.This is John Irving s debut novel, and right from the start it s clear he is a major talent His inventiveness, his ability to engage the reader, and his ability to bring the reader into the characters world is amazing.Hannes and Siggy start out on a late 60 s motorcycle road trip, leaving Vienna behind, but somewhat obsessed about the plight of the animals in the Vienna Zoo After a few misadventures, Siggy leaves this earth and Hannes inherits his notebooks, filled with reconnaissance of the zoo and inspiration for liberating the animals After hooking up with young and bright eyed Gallen, Hannes brings his new girlfriend to Vienna, and they execute a zoo break that heads in a direction they couldn t foresee.Irving uses the device of Siggy s notebooks to take the reader on an adventure of zoo liberation, but also gives an extensive history of the German Austrian Anschluss, as experienced by Siggy and his family Again, it is a testimony to Irving s talent how he manages to weave together these story lines and keeps you turning pages to the end If you re an Irving fan, be sure to check out this debut novel it s worth the read Autocertificazione di sana e robusta costituzione letteraria.Salve a tutti.Sono Libert per gli orsi S , il libro di Irving, proprio quello, sono io.Sono approdato in casa di questa tipa con la testa un po per aria, che in Internet pretende di farsi chiamare Noce Moscata, quando io l avrei chiamata invece Prezzemolo, data la continuit con cui me la trovo tra i piedi e la costanza con cui ha preteso negli ultimi giorni di essere accompagnata dappertutto dal dentista, in una stanzetta d attesa dove la luce era talmente fioca che i miei caratteri si rifiutavano di farsi leggere in bagno, accanto a quell enorme pila trasandatissima di Settimane Enigmistiche che avevano le orecchie ovunque a letto, che vabb , tutto sommato stavo comodo, salvo quando spegneva la luce e mi appoggiava nella parte vuota dell alcova, dove venivo regolarmente schiacciato dal suo peso a intervalli regolari di due o tre ore in cucina all alba, dove mi faceva morire dal freddo, perch era talmente lenta a leggere, che rimanevo con la stessa pagina aperta per interi quarti d ora, non vi dico tutto quello star fermi, senza neanche una copertina addosso, che dolori mi ha procurato alla mia povera costa gi provata dal tempo.Ma non questo il punto.Il punto che, siccome la qui presente Signorina Noscata, o Moscata, insomma quello che , ha avuto l ardire di violentare la mia privacy, prendendomi dalla biblioteca in una bella giornata di Dicembre, e privandomi della mia routine quotidiana, fatta di partite a tressette con i miei vicini, passeggiate negli scaffali adiacenti, pennichelle omeriche nella quiete di silenziosi pomeriggi solatii, ho deciso di approfittarne e di farle scrivere questa dichiarazione in mia vece.Non crediate sia stato facile Questa tipa stramba pi cocciuta di un asino Perch ovvio che io non so parlare, per con l alfabeto Morse sono un campione Ma vallo a spiegare a questa capra, che ogni pagina aperta a caso da lei, e volutamente da me, corrispondeva a una precisa lettera dell alfabeto Ci abbiamo messo un intera settimana solo per riuscire a intenderci.Quindi, bando alle ciance Quello che vorrei dire al mondo, di cui fa parte anche l esponente umano di cui mi son servito, questo inutile che diciate che sono un libro totalmente differente da quelli che il mio caro pap John ha scritto in et matura Vorrei ricordarvi che sono stata la sua prima creazione letteraria, e grande fu la delusione quando non ebbi il giusto successo Certo, lo stile era un po acerbo Ma anche questa capra Moscatizia o Moscatella si accorta che il genio era gi li, in attesa di dispiegare le ali.In fondo, allora mio padre aveva solo 26 anni, et in cui il talento se lo si ha, gi ben visibile, ma manca ancora l esperienza per poter afferrarne il colore E il colore venuto dopo Ma quello su cui voglio che vi soffermiate, il John in potenza che si cela dietro le mie pagine Ok, la storia non n ricca e commovente come quella di mio nipote Owen, o di mio cugino Garp, e neppure tanto ben architettata, ma avete fatto caso alla lingua Quanto maledettamente articolata Quante sfumature di ironia e di profondit lessicale capace di partorire mio padre Un genio, un fottutissimo genio si pu dire fottutissimo in Internet.Per cui, cari esponenti bipedi dei miei paragrafi, vedete di giudicare l opera per quello che Un embrione di perfezione, che va apprezzato per ci che il mio paparino sarebbe riuscito a dare in seguito, per la sua lampante capacit innata di dotare qualsiasi cosa racconti, di una morale profonda che pervade la mente.Poi certo, bizzarra quest idea di raccontare di un giovanotto scapestrato e folle mi ricorda quasi questa zucca spettinata che sta scrivendo che decide di liberare gli animali di uno zoo Ma allora mio padre era giovane e le sue idee erano estrose quanto la sua et.Quindi acerbo o meno, prolisso magari un po qui e un po l , dalla struttura binaria come quello di una doppia pista di idee, cosa tipica dei talenti, io sono comunque un manifesto di brillante fantasia io volevo dire acuminata brillantezza ma la signorina So tutto io mi ha detto che brillante fantasia rende meglio.Cos , siccome ho saputo che voi misurate le cose a stelline che razza di metodo cretino, non potreste limitarvi a dire, bello, brutto, discreto, orripilante , mi auto promuovo portatore di tre stelline e tre quarti Avrei detto quattro, ma la cialtrona che scrive dice che non ci si puo promuovere da soli, perci ci siamo accordati sulle tre stelline e tre quarti Vi saluto lettori di tutto il mondo Seeee, vabb ho esagerato Vi saluto sparuti lettori, manipolo di screanzati, ultimi di una stirpe infame, che leggete Noce Mostarda ahahah, sono burbero in superficie, ma scherzoso dentro E ricordatevi che io sono fascinoso e brioso nonostante l immaturit Ah s , e che ho anche una copertina molto animalista, perci sono comunque al passo coi tempi.Ci. I had high hopes for this book because I ve loved everything else by John Irving This book is bad, really bad It was so bad I couldn t even finish it. Ok kirja moottoripy rist. The perversion and absurdity of this story could only possibly mean one thing That is is an Irving tale Setting Free the Bears was entertaining for exactly the same reasons that I have enjoyed everything I have ever read by Irving since first picking up Owen Meany in highschool middleschool.The long, rather drawn out tale of Siggy s pre history as found in his notebook is, well, rather long and drawn out Though it is tough to get through, this point is acknowledged by the author as part of the character himself, so, I guess I ll cut him some slack Even so, it took my two separate tries to get through this book I remember starting it years ago and simply never getting further than a few pages into the notebook Understandably so But, lock a man up in Korea for a year and he s bound to read anything you throw at him so I figured I d tough through it this time Thankfully I felt my time was rewarded.What I simply do not grasp is how a young man of only 25 can just sort of bang out such a remarkably intricate tale I m sure it has much to do with writing and rewriting yet I still firmly belive that some people, Irving being one of them, were just born to share words with others.Who knows, perhaps I ll get around to the Cider House Rules that I bought once upon a time and never cracked open. It IsAnd Two Viennese University Students Want To Liberate The Vienna Zoo, As Was Done After World War II But Their Good Intentions Have Both Comic And Gruesome Consequences, In This First Novel Written By A Twenty Five Year Old John Irving, Already A Master Storyteller Esta fue la primera novela que escribi y public John Irving y tambi n sin duda uno de sus peores libros Pero a diferencia de sus libros malos de solemnidad como La cuarta mano, Libertad para los osos peca sobre todo del exceso y la falta de mesura que caracterizar a su producci n posterior pero que en este libro el autor a n no es capaz de controlar y convertir en materia literaria, de manera que termina ahogando toda la trama narrativa.El tema de la excentricidad personal como nica forma de afrontar una realidad brutal, que tan prominente ser en sus obras fundamentales como La vida seg n Garp y Oraci n por Owen, ya domina en la novela primeriza de Irving Siggy es el joven fil sofo anarquista que planea liberar a los animales del zoo de Viena, Graff es el sensato compa ero de aventuras que a pesar de todo se ve envuelto en los locos planes de Siggy por no saber decir que no y porque la amistad es algo sagrado El componente autobiogr fico es fundamental, el jovenc simo John Irving viaj de sus Estados Unidos natales a Viena en 1963 con solo 21 a os para estudiar en el Instituto de Estudios Europeos de la capital austr aca, en un momento en el que las huellas de la segunda guerra mundial todav a eran bien visibles al tiempo que la rebeld a de los a os 60 ya empezaba a fraguarse Esta mezcla result explosiva para un autor como Irving, capaz de absorber como una esponja el ambiente y los sentimientos que mueven a la gente de a pie a llevar a cabo peque os o grandes actos heroicos que no cambiar n la historia pero que s ser n de influencia decisiva en las vidas de las personas que les rodean Y a trav s del cuaderno de notas de Siggy, que ocupar toda la parte central del libro, se ir n alternando los planes de liberaci n del zool gico con un recuento de la historia personal de su familia desde los proleg menos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial Esta historia familiar es para mi gusto lo mejor de todo el libro, en ella John Irving se centra en la gente de Viena, qu supuso para ellos ir perdiendo d a tras d a la soberan a sobre su pa s y sus propias vidas sin que el gobierno pudiera hacer nada para evitarlo y siendo abandonados por la comunidad internacional, primero a la dominaci n alemana y despu s a la liberaci n rusa Los vienenes como v ctimas del gran juego pol tico europeo, pocos autores han sido capaces de mirar m s all de los monumentos y la grandeza de la ciudad y fijarse en la gente com n, los austr acos de la calle que basan su identidad en la premisa fundamental de no ser alem n por encima de todas las cosas y que han estado todo el siglo XX pagando por ello Libertad para los osos es un libro irregular, por momentos ilegible, pero gracias a este gran componente humano resulta un libro enormemente entra able.

JOHN IRVING was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942 His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, was published in 1968, when he was twenty six He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, and coached wrestling until he was forty seven Mr Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times winning once, in 1980, for his novel The World According to Garp He received an O Henry Award

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  • Setting Free the Bears
  • John Irving
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  • 01 February 2018
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