Last Night in Twisted River
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Last Night in Twisted River

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In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, a twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable's girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, pursued by the constable. Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger, once a river driver, who befriends them. In a story spanning five decades, Last Night in Twisted River - John Irving's twelfth novel - depicts the recent half-century in the United States as a world 'where lethal hatreds were generally permitted to run their course.' From the novel's taut opening sentence to its elegiac final chapter, what distinguishes Last Night in Twisted River is the author's unmistakable voice, the inimitable voice of an accomplished storyteller.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 44mm | 458.13g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552776572
  • 9780552776578
  • 64,844

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"Last Night in Twisted River is a big, old-fashioned novel in the best sense; Irving has created in painstaking, loving detail a whole and complete world, a record of momentous social changes, but, above all a testament to the enduring power of love and fiction" * Observer * "Irving fans will relish this action-packed tale of father-and-son runaways" * The Sunday Times * "The most poetic and powerful of Irving's work to date" * Independent on Sunday * "Last Night in Twisted River is a big, old-fashioned novel in the best sense; Irving has created in painstaking, loving detail a whole and complete world, a record of momentous social changes, but, above all a testament to the enduring power of love and fiction" * Observer * "Nothing less than show-stopping" * Guardian *show more

About John Irving

John Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times, winning it in 1980 for The World According to Garp. In 1992, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules - a film with seven Academy Award nominations. Last Night in Twisted River is his twelfth novel.show more

Review Text

"Irving fans will relish this action-packed tale of father-and-son runaways"show more

Back cover copy

'We don't always have a choice how we get to know one another. Sometimes, people fall into our lives cleanly-as if out of the sky, or as if there were a direct flight from Heaven to Earth-the same sudden way we lose people, who once seemed they would always be part of our lives.' In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve-year-old boy fatally mistakes the local constable's girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives - to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto - pursued over the years by the implacable constable. Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger, once a river driver, who befriends them and distantly watches over them like a vast, idiosyncratic guardian...show more

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