John Irving Quote

From Hester’s bedroom—even though the door was closed—we could hear her breathing; Hester’s breathing, when she’d been drinking, was something between a snore and a moan. Why does she drink so much? I asked Owen. HESTER’S AHEAD OF HER TIME, he said. What’s that mean? I asked him. Do we have a generation of drunks to look forward to? WE HAVE A GENERATION OF PEOPLE WHO ARE ANGRY TO LOOK FORWARD TO, Owen said. AND MAYBE TWO GENERATIONS OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T GIVE A SHIT, he added. How do you know? I asked him. I DON’T KNOW HOW I KNOW, said Owen Meany. I JUST KNOW THAT I KNOW, he said.

John Irving

From Hester’s bedroom—even though the door was closed—we could hear her breathing; Hester’s breathing, when she’d been drinking, was something between a snore and a moan. Why does she drink so much? I asked Owen. HESTER’S AHEAD OF HER TIME, he said. What’s that mean? I asked him. Do we have a generation of drunks to look forward to? WE HAVE A GENERATION OF PEOPLE WHO ARE ANGRY TO LOOK FORWARD TO, Owen said. AND MAYBE TWO GENERATIONS OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T GIVE A SHIT, he added. How do you know? I asked him. I DON’T KNOW HOW I KNOW, said Owen Meany. I JUST KNOW THAT I KNOW, he said.

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About John Irving

John Winslow Irving (born John Wallace Blunt Jr.; March 2, 1942) is an American-Canadian novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter.
Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim after the international success of The World According to Garp in 1978. Many of Irving's novels, including The Hotel New Hampshire (1981), The Cider House Rules (1985), A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989), and A Widow for One Year (1998), have been bestsellers. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in the 72nd Academy Awards (1999) for his script of The Cider House Rules.Five of his novels have been adapted into films (Garp, Hotel, Meany, Cider, Widow). Several of Irving's books (Garp, Meany, Widow) and short stories have been set in and around Phillips Exeter Academy in the town of Exeter, New Hampshire.