The Cider House Rules

The Cider House Rules

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Set among the apple orchards of rural Maine, it is a perverse world in which Homer Wells' odyssey begins. As the oldest unadopted offspring at St Cloud's orphanage, he learns about the skills which, one way or another, help young and not-so-young women, from Wilbur Larch, the orphanage's founder, a man of rare compassion and with an addiction to ether. Dr Larch loves all his orphans, especially Homer Wells. It is Homer's story we follow, from his early apprenticeship in the orphanage surgery, to his adult life running a cider-making factory and his strange relationship with the wife of his closest friend. 'JOHN IRVING HAS BEEN COMPARED WITH KURT VONNEGUT AND J.D. SALINGER, BUT IS ARGUABLY MORE INVENTIVE THAN EITHER. WRY, LACONIC, HE SKETCHES HIS CHARACTERS WITH AN ECONOMY THAT SPRINGS FROM A FEELING FOR WORDS AND MASTERY OVER HIS CRAFT. THIS SUPERBLY ORIGINAL BOOK IS ONE TO BE READ AND REMEMBERED' The Times 'LIKE THE REST OF IRVING'S FICTION, IT IS OFTEN DISCONCERTING, BUT ALWAYS EXCITING AND PROVOKING' Observer
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  • Paperback | 736 pages
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 055299782X
  • 9780552997829

About John Irving

John Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942, and he once admitted that he was a 'grim' child. Although he excelled in English at school and knew by the time he graduated that he wanted to write novels, it was not until he met a young Southern novelist named John Yount, at the University of New Hampshire, that he received encouragement. 'It was so simple,' he remembers. 'Yount was the first person to point out that anything I did except writing was going to be vaguely unsatisfying.' In 1963, Irving enrolled at the Institute of European Studies in Vienna, and he later worked as a university lecturer. His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, about a plot to release all the animals from the Vienna Zoo, was followed by The Water-Method Man, a comic tale of a man with a urinary complaint, and The 158-Pound Marriage, which exposes the complications of spouse-swapping. Irving achieved international recognition with The World According to Garp, which he hoped would 'cause a few smiles among the tough-minded and break a few softer hearts'. The Hotel New Hampshire is a startlingly original family saga, and The Cider House Rules is the story of Doctor Wilbur Larch - saint, o
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