©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)
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
John Irving frightens and enlightens reader/listeners with a story about companionship rules. Irving, in "The Cider House Rules", methodically reveals pro-choice arguments for abortion. The laboratory for his pro-choice argument is an imagined orphanage, run by a doctor named Wilbur Larch. However, “The Cider House Rules” is as much about companionship alternatives and rules as it is about pro-choice arguments.
Irving weaves companionship rules into a tight, foreshadowing, and cohesive story that explains how people find a way to love, hate, obsess, neglect, and hurt each other. Irving is writing about how people find their way in life. Irving illustrates how a big part of life is waiting and seeing what happens, rather than planning and expecting life to turn out as expected. "The Cider House Rules" is a well-crafted story. Irving brilliantly outlines companionship rules that have frightening and enlightening consequences.
The complexity of the characters and their relationships
The Fault in the Stars
He helped give the character real emotions
The whole book was amazing
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I still think Irving's best novel. Full of irony and humor, it's major point of emphasis remains Dr. Larch's insistence on the useful life. Whether you are prolife or prochoice, Irving lays out the issues on both fronts and forces the reader to think.
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!
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