This slender memoir offers a perceptive, if hardly objective, critique of the inherent differences between novels and screenplays, with the writer sharing his own experiences creating both. Irving focuses principally on his crusade to bring The Cider House Rules to the screen, tracing its gestation through four successive directors; with Irving himself attached as scriptwriter, we see the novelist struggling to reconcile the demands of concision against his paternal instincts toward the original book. Written before the final cut of The Cider House Rules, My Movie Business often verges on self-justification. Irving's respect for the movie's ultimate caretaker, Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom, is evident, as is his hopeful enthusiasm for the project's casting (which includes Michael Caine, Tobey McGuire, Jane Alexander, and Charlize Theron). Yet Irving can't repress the wariness prompted by his earlier disappointments with both this and other novels.
Ultimately, such candor doesn't diminish the account's value as a post mortem of the creative process behind serious filmmaking, nor does it overpower the reliable grace of Irving's prose. Fans will also find My Movie Business revealing in its exploration of the inspiration behind The Cider House Rules and its eloquent stance against the antiabortion movement--Irving's own grandfather, a leading doctor, administrator, and Harvard professor of obstetrics and gynecology. But moviegoers, as well as those who haven't read Irving's original novel, should be forewarned that this memoir does reveal key plot elements of both. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
John Irving's story of his interactions with the movie industry. This gives some insight into why movies so frequently miss many of the good points in the books. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lewis T. Fitch
I enjoyed this book I guess because I love John Irving so much. Getting insight into his writing process and character developments was enlightening.Published 22 months ago by Jeri L. Ovalle
Mostly about the making of the film, The Cider House Rules, but written before the film's marketting or theatrical release--actually, before the film's final cut--it did make me... Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by Mary Lavers
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I greatly enjoyed this little memoir of one of my favorite authors and his experiences with the movie business. Read morePublished on February 8, 2010 by Nicki Heskin
Irving's memoir is more of an extended essay of how The Cider House Rules was conceived, researched, written, then adapted for cinema than it is an actual memoir. Read morePublished on February 8, 2010 by Brendon
This recollection of his writing (books and screenplays) varies from the personal to his gripes about the movie business. Read morePublished on September 29, 2004 by Betty Burks
If at first you don't succeed...
It took Irving a great amount of time and work to have one of his greatest novels turned into one of the most critically-acclaimed movies of... Read more
...I find John Irving highly entertaining and readable and like I have said in numerous occasions in this Readers' Reviewer Forum, he is one of my favorite writers. Read morePublished on December 28, 2002 by yygsgsdrassil