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The Cider House Rules by John Irving
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The Cider House Rules (1985)

by John Irving

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  MrsDoglvrs | Apr 24, 2016 |
This is the first John Irving book I've read. There are some descriptive passages about the mechanics of performing abortions that made me grit my teeth, but those were necessary to the storyline. Dr. Larch is one of the most compelling and likable fictional characters I've come across in a long time. ( )
  Bill.Dawson | Apr 19, 2016 |
Another Classic Irving! This settles his position as my favourite writer, and I'm perhaps even a bit sad that I finished another one of his books. Full of brilliantly layered story telling, eccentric and often kind-hearted characters. Irving once again demonstrates his capability for boundless humanity.

  bartt95 | Apr 10, 2016 |
I'm a big fan of Irving and I loved this book. Clear, well researched writing, filled with humor and compassion, dealing with profound issues of culture and American life (yes, abortion). And--he can write believable women characters. After the books the movies are always a disappointment. A master and a feminist to boot. I'm only tossing the mass-market paperback because I have it in trade paper too. ( )
  deckla | Apr 5, 2016 |
An orphan life, in maine, in 1930/50; versus abortion. ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
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For ''The Cider House Rules'' has greater force and integrity than either of its two immediate predecessors. It's funny and absorbing, and it makes clever use of the plot's seeming predictability.
 

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Rikman, KristiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last." ~ charlotte bronte (1847)
"For practical purposes abortion may be defined as the interruption of gestation before viability of the child." ~ h.j. boldt, m.d. (1906)
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For David Calicchio
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In the hospital of the orphanage--the boys' division at St Cloud's, Maine--two nurses were in charge of naming the new babies and checking that their little penises were healing from the obligatory circumcision.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345387651, Mass Market Paperback)

"AN OLD-FASHIONED, BIG-HEARTED NOVEL . . . with its epic yearning caught in the 19th century, somewhere between Trollope and Twain . . . The rich detail makes for vintage Irving."
--The Boston Sunday Globe

"The Cider House Rules is filled with people to love and to feel for. . . . The characters in John Irving's novel break all the rules, and yet they remain noble and free-spirited. Victims of tragedy, violence, and injustice, their lives seem more interesting and full of thought-provoking dilemmas than the lives of many real people."
--The Houston Post

"John Irving's sixth and best novel . . . He is among the very best storytellers at work today. At the base of Irving's own moral concerns is a rare and lasting regard for human kindness."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Entertaining and affecting . . . John Irving is the most relentlessly inventive writer around. He proliferates colorful incidents and crotchets of character. . . . A truly astounding amount of artistry and ingenuity."
--The San Diego Union

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Set in rural Maine in the first half of this century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch--obstetrician and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Clouds. It is also the story of his favorite orphan, Homer, who is never adopted.

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