"A very appropriate theme"
Drop dead gorgeous hunk Patrick Wallingford is covering the
Great Ganesg Circus in Junagadh, India following up on the
death of a male trapeze artist and the fight over using
safety nets. When the lions begin roaring, Patrick takes
his microphone and sticks it inside the cage only to have a
hungry beast sever his left hand and wrist while on
Patrick knows that his chances of becoming an anchor ended
with the maiming of his hand even if he received tons of
sympathy. However, a new opportunity surfaces when eminent
surgeon Dr. Nicholas Zajac decides on performing the first
hand transplant, using Patrick as his patient. Packer fan
Doris Clausen offers the hand of her healthy and living
spouse because she wants the beautiful Patrick whole.
However, she demands hand visits and that he impregnate her
in exchange for the extremity. Meanwhile instead of calm
before he tries the impossible, Nicholas deals with his own
personal nightmares that could impact the success of the
first hand transplant operation.
THE FOURTH HAND is an entertaining condemnation of media
excesses using loss, broken relationships and all under the
news spotlight. The story line is humorous though at times
is undecided between acrimonious hyperbolic satire and
realistic condemnation. Still, in the world according to
John Irving, this second chance redemption tale is an
emotional story that tackles the reader in a blitz and
never lets go until atonement comes for one and all
including a wristlocked overzealous reviewer.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 2, 2001