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The Cider House Rules by John Irving

The Cider House Rules (1985)

by John Irving

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Set in rural Maine in the first half of the twentieth century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch -saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud's, ether addict and abortionist. It is also the story of Dr. Larch's favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted.… (more)
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If you liked the movie you will enjoy the book, and you will discover that the movie missed a lot of interesting and important details of the novel. Enjoyed the prose. ( )
  addunn3 | Apr 27, 2020 |
813.54 IRV
  alessandragg | Apr 16, 2020 |
Homer grows up in an orphanage that is also a secret abortion clinic. As he grows, he struggles with his feelings on this topic, as events in his life cause him to view things in different ways.

Many reviewers have said it better than I, but this is a very important read. The topic is just as relevant now as it was during the time period in which the book was set. The characters are well drawn and have very genuine motivations, feelings and faults. Highly recommended. ( )
  EmScape | Aug 25, 2019 |
Another good tale by Irving. I liked how he creates interesting, likable, flawed characters. This book examined abortions from every angle and other social commentary as well that did not come across as forcing any political agenda down your craw. Set in time period of just before and during and after WWII in an orphanage where woman came to have an abortion or have an orphan and an apple orchard/cider business. ( )
  Kristelh | Jul 13, 2019 |
A big satisfying novel that I actually didn't want to end. The Characters were fully fleshed out with all the quirkiness that makes us human and after the novel was over I wondered what happened to them. Full of the author's trademark dry humor and insight into what makes us tick. As I saqid, one of the few books that I really wihed didn't end. ( )
  phollis68 | Apr 9, 2019 |
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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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Irving, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Paolini, Pier FrancescoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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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