©1985 John Irving; (P)1999 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Witty, tenderhearted, fervent, and scarifying." (New York Times Book Review)
"Gardner understands and conveys the book's sly humor and comprehension of human foibles." (Los Angeles Times)
"John Irving's best novel....He is among the very best storytellers." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
I had only vague memories there was a movie and have never read any John Irving, but there was such a good sale price on this that it seemed like a good buy.
Wow, John Irving is a wonderful storyteller. How has this guy not won a Pulitzer Prize? Better writing and storytelling is hard to find. I love Cormac McCarthy and Jonathan Franzen, but now Irving is in my top 3.
Grover Gardner is among my favorite narrators and his performance here was super smooth and effective. Grover is always superb.
I don't think it matters what your personal views are on abortion, this novel is so much more than that part of the story. I think the core of this novel is the deep attachments and relationships that are formed that cover the arc of Dr. Wilbur Larch's and Homer Well's respective lives.
This is an epic length story but one I think you'll never want to hurry through and you'll look forward to every minute. There are no slow parts....it just flows effortlessly.
Provocative, thoughtful, controversial
The book takes a more complex view of abortion from the "OK, we're against it, but now what?". The book's author, therefore, suggests that abortion - right to the end - probably ought to be legal. Other options probably should have been explored, but the question as to how to deal with this complex issue does need to be faced.
I didn't think I'd find a classic I didn't enjoy since I often so appreciate the artistic language in classics. Unfortunately Cider House Rules omits the great writing found in many classics and instead concentrates on a rather bizarre storyline surrounding early abortions. The doctor becomes convinced to perform abortions because he also runs an orphanage. That's pretty bizarre to me since one who loves children would seem to be one who couldn't do abortions. Just to add a little "spice" the doctor is overworked and therefore takes to taking ether naps, self-administrating the ether.
Certainly not my cup of tea.
One of the best narrations.
The reader becomes enveloped in the humanity of each character. Loved it.
No. I don't often repeat books.
Sure. He didn't really stand out but that is OK. I gave 3 stars only because I remember the story but not really the performance and I only finished listening last week.
Homer. I loved him. So deep, yet so simple at the same time.
I couldn't get into this book at all. I never even finished listening. It was not interesting and II just couldn't listen to it anymore. I like other books in this genre, but this just wasn't interesting to me.
I think the best part is the solidly built framework of the orphanage. There are many side stories which are great, but this orphanage is thoroughly vetted and the moral issues of the time (and even now) are completely explored. I loved the deviousness of Dr. Larch especially, as a reader I never quite knew what complex web he was weaving. It is a very compelling story from start to finish!
When the assistant Train Station Master came to the orphanage to pay his last respects to the (deceased) Station Master and came up on Dr. Larch performing the autopsy. All of the events leading up to this made it very entertaining.
I just like his reading voice and cadence. I especially liked him in one of my first audio books "The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors". He was equally enjoyable here.
Candy's father (forgot his name). He was a lobster trapper but he was rumored to eat hamburgers instead. Very interesting character, he was a tinkerer, an inventor, and near genius in his creativity.
This is my second Irving book, the first was "Owen Meany". I am now on to "The World according to Garp". I have to say that they have all been very enjoyable. I am a Stephen King fan and these novels are similar in a lot of ways. They are both set in Maine and the New England lifestyle is similarly entrenched in them. I am looking forward to reading more of his books!
I enjoyed the format of following just a few characters throughout their lives.
When Homer discovered who had impregnated Angel's girlfriend and how it changed his entire viewpoint of abortions.
Picturing the apple pickers on the roof of the Cider House watching the ferris wheel in the distance and their interpretation of what they were seeing.
One of my all time favorites!
I love John Irving's books usually. This one is tedious and unbelievable. I fell in love with Owen Meany but not loving anyone in this story
Less medical gore
Didn't change his voice much per character
All the abortion stuff
I wish the story description would have told that there was an abortion agenda to this writing. I would have chosen not to select it.
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