- Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Black Swan (1 July 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552992046
- ISBN-13: 978-0552992046
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,87,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Cider House Rules Paperback – 1 Jul 1986
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"Like the rest of Irving's fiction, it is often disconcerting, but always exciting and provoking" (Observer)
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It should be taught in every American high school in either English or biology class, say junior year.
The main character is a lovable baby whom the doctor takes to loving like a son. The child, Homer, has a rich thirst for knowledge as well as a desire to see the world outside the confines of the orphanage, set in Maine.
When an opportunity arises to accompany a couple his age to join them back to the --------business, the z Doctor believes it quite beneath him, despite the happiness he finds.
Homer's happiness the reader will riot for, because it's written so well, it's impossible not to. His experiences with love, fear, betrayal and other experiences, as well as his deep feelings about------------ will give the reader something unexpected to ponder in their own belief systems.
Irving's gift of giving almost every character a unique personality. Some pleasant, some despicable, but all believable...like it or not.
Insofar as the orphanage itself, it's written so you'll want to rush there and spend time with all the kids or take a couple home.
All in all, if you enjoy the story as much as I did, you'll wish Mr. Irving had written more. Enjoy the book, and even though different, the movie is one of my favorites.
I sincerely hope you got something from this review. I'm almost too careful not to include spoilers, I'll wind up not giving enough. Enjoy and Good bless.
The story is about abandonment — about orphans and abortions and about unwanted children. Dr. Larch has spent a lifetime doing what he calls: "God's work." He delivers unwanted babies, raises them in the orphanage until he can find a home for them. He also provides abortions to women who are early enough in their pregnancies. At the heart of the story is Homer Wells for whom Dr. Larch could never find a home. Larch teaches him how to deliver babies. Homer ventures out into the world and his life becomes entangles with the lives of Candy and Wally.
This is a novel that everyone should read.
Quite honestly, a person with strong pro-life leanings is probably not going to enjoy this book. The narrative on abortion can be hard to take. Personally, I believe heartily in the sanctity of life, yet I felt the subject of pro-life vs. pro-choice, overall, was handled fairly and in a balanced manner. More so than the movie, which I detested.
If you love character-driven novels, definitely read Cider House Rules, along with other John Irving novels. Especially The World According to Garp, Hotel New Hampshire, and A Prayer for Owen Meany.