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“[Irving] 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.”—Philadelphia Inquirer
“Superb in scope and originality, a novel as good as one could hope to find from any author, anywhere, anytime. Engrossing, moving, thoroughly satisfying.” —Joseph Heller
“An old-fashioned, big-hearted novel . . . with its epic yearning caught in the nineteenth century, somewhere between Trollope and Twain.”—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.”—Houston Post
How can anyone not love a book that simultaneously tells a deeply moving and compelling story AND explore the abortion debate with humor and evenhandedness? John Irving is my favorite author and while A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY is my favorite Irving title, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES is right up there. I love how deeply Irving knows these characters and how gradually he reveals their quirks and idiosyncracies. He knows and loves them so much, the reader can't help but love the ether-imbibing Dr. Larch and his surrogate son, the orphan Homer Wells. Irving is a consummate storyteller.
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While Irving's characters are most often rather abnormal, they are also very likable. This is the story of Homer Wells, a non- adopted orphan who struggles to make himself "useful"... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Muse
I saw the movie years ago, and it was among my favorites. Then I read the book, and found the movie lacking, and although a wonderful film, I was blown away by the book! Read morePublished 5 days ago by R. French
Great read. Saw the movie years ago and decided to read the book. John Irving is a master storyteller.Published 7 days ago by Michael J Burke
I was sucked in to this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. The ending was perfect, but sad. Great book to read anytime.Published 7 days ago by Sophi
Wonderful story w lots of delicious dilemmas and unforgettable characters.Published 18 days ago by avid reader
I am a dyed in the wool John Irving fan. There. I had to get it out and I did. For you other John Irving fans reading this, you already know he can write and doesn't pretend... Read morePublished 21 days ago by micki SCHLOSS
I liked the story but it was too long. It had stuff added just to make it long and boring.Published 24 days ago by Millie Russom
The Cider House Rules is another brilliant novel by John Irving, one of American's finest novelists. I saw the movie based on the novel about 15 years ago. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Harley G. King