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.
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The major portion consists of a journal addressed to Graft from Siegfried Javotnik, "Siggy," as he spends a long night in a Vienna zoo plotting out details for a "zoo bust."Sep 26 2011 | Read Full Review of Setting Free the Bears (Balla...
But Hannes carries on with an Austrian mädchen named Gallen, who is so cute that she calls her underpants "huggies," so Hannes calls his "hangies," so you can see he's no slouch at cuteness himself.) As intermissions for the great zoo burglary, Mr. Irving scatters chapters of the departed Si...| Read Full Review of Setting Free the Bears (Balla...
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