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The 158-Pound Marriage

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The 158-Pound Marriage

by IRVING, John

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New York: Random House, 1974. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo; 3/4 pale green paper over olive cloth, with titles stamped in gilt and green foild on spine; dustjacket; 245pp. Bookplate signed by Irving loosely laid in. Previous owner's name and date on front endpaper, else Near Fine. Dustjacket is price-clipped, with a few rubs along the edges, and two creases along front flap; Near Fine. The author's third novel.


The 158-Pound Marriage,  author John Irving's third published novel, revolves around an unidentified narrator, a college professor, and a mediocre novelist. The narrator met his wife Utch, an orphaned survivor of WWII, in Vienna while doing research. They are a relatively happy couple; their family rounded out by two children. At a faculty party, they meet Severin Winter, a Viennese-born professor and coach of the college wrestling team, and his wife, Edith. The couple's interests (Edith is an aspiring fiction writer, and Severin has a commonality with Utch's upbringing in Austria) and resulting infatuations between the couples lead to after-dinner partner-swapping. At first, the swinging goes smoothly, but eventually, uneven feelings and obsessions throw the couples off track. The title,  The 158-Pound Marriage , refers to the 158-pound weight class in wrestling, which Severin, the coach, feels is the most competitive. The book is small, only 176 pages, compared to Irving's later weighty tomes, like the 610 page  The World According to Garp ( 1978) and  The Cider House Rules  (1985), which is 973 pages.

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