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The Hotel New Hampshire (Ballantine Reader's Circle) (original 1981; edition 1997)
by John Irving
The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving (1981)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 034541795X, Paperback)
“The first of my father’s illusions was that bears could survive the life lived by human beings, and the second was that human beings could survive a life led in hotels.” So says John Berry, son of a hapless dreamer, brother to a cadre of eccentric siblings, and chronicler of the lives lived, the loves experienced, the deaths met, and the myriad strange and wonderful times encountered by the family Berry. Hoteliers, pet-bear owners, friends of Freud (the animal trainer and vaudevillian, that is), and playthings of mad fate, they “dream on” in a funny, sad, outrageous, and moving novel by the remarkable author of A Prayer for Owen Meany and Last Night in Twisted River.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:22 -0400)
A novel narrated by the middle son in a family of five children, one bear, and one dog. Describes the Berry family growing up in three different hotels on two separate continents.
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