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The Water-method Man Summary
John Irving

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The Water-method Man Summary

Plot Summary

Fred "Bogus" Trumper is a young graduate student trying to figure out what to do with himself. Whether hitchhiking across Europe, playing the family man, or editing a movie about his own life, Bogus has trouble finishing anything. In his adventures, he is always accompanied by persistent problems with urination, which he tries to cure with the "Water-Method." Growing up in New England, Bogus (so called because he lies so much) is best friends with Merrill and Couth, two local boys. When Bogus and Couth both lose their virginity to a girl named Elspeth, she gives them both the clap (gonorrhea). This is the beginning of many years of frequent, painful urinary tract infections for Bogus. He is treated by his own father, who is a urologist.

When Bogus is working on his Ph.D., for his thesis, he is translating an ancient poem in a forgotten language...

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