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Setting Free the Bears (1968) [Novel]
by John Irving Rating: Weighted - 6.3 / Average - 6.2 of 10 (6 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary :

It is 1967 and 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.

Original title: Setting Free the Bears
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction


  • Dedication: "This book is for VIOLETTE and CO in memory of GEORGE"

Edition #1: Setting Free the Bears

Setting Free the Bears (1968)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "THe most nourishing, satisfying novel I have read in years. I admire the hell out of it." Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • "Sensual... moving... truly remarkable." Time
  • "Imagine a mixture of Till Eulenspiegel and Ken Kesey... and you've got the range of the merry pranksters who hot rod through Mr. Irving's book on a 700 cc Royal Enfield motorcycle, tossing flowers, stealing salt shakers, and planning the biggest caper of their young lives." The New York Times
  • "When the great zoo finally comes through and some of the beasts run free, the drama encompasses the longings and agonies of youth.... A complex and moving novel" Time
  • "Setting Free the Bears has much to recommend it. It moves rapidly from incident to incident in the best picaresque tradition. It is full of amusing dialogue. Its characters are depicted with love and skill." St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Manifested in:

Setting Free the Bears (June 1990)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345367413
Dimensions: 4 1/8 x 6 7/8 x 1 in
Pages: 340

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