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The Hotel New Hampshire (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Paperback – June 23, 1997
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“Spellbinding . . . intensely human . . . a high-wire act of dazzling virtuosity.”—Cosmopolitan
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Given all that, perhaps it is more useful to try to discern what it is Irving is trying to say so artfully and colorfully in each of his novels, rather than compare one to another or make comparisons among them. I remember reading once that great novels were like fantastic gems, many of them flawed, but all of them brilliant, colorful, and beautiful to the well-trained eye. So viewed, so is this book brilliant, colorful, and beautiful.Read more ›
The Hotel New Hampshire is not one of John Irving's best, it's true. There really are some elements that seem a bit too contrived, some characters a little too one-dimensional. Irving has really pushed his usually phenomenal ability to make the fantastic and bizarre palatable. However, it still shines as a cut above average fiction. It still pulls you into the story, no matter how reluctant you may be to go there. Irvings trademark mixture of tragedy and slapstick humor is in full swing, and you find yourself wondering, "how can I be laughing at this? How can I be reading this? It's ridiculous!!"
I say if you have read Irving before, it's not his best (Owen Meany and the The Water Method Man are top-notch), but I still say read it, you'll be glad--it's still John Irving. And if you haven't read this author, read it knowing that this is one of his lesser attempts, but still worth reading, as Irving at his worst is still one of the most talented writers I know
John Irving writes about people. And whether he writes about Owen Meany, Dhar or The Watermethod Man, he writes about life. All his characters are in a way eccentric and bizarre, but always understandable and just normal people. Irving describes their lives, their thoughts, their emotions and so tries to find the meaning and purpose of our own lives.
Irving's books are in that way portraits, but not just portraits. It are portraits of colorful people, absurd, but still in a way being like us. We can see ourselves in the eyes of Irving's main characters. And that's, beside his wonderful writing style and humor, what I like about Irving and especially about "The Hotel New Hampshire", a fresh and imaginative dive in the wonderful world of John Irving.
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I'm a big John Irving fan, and this is one of his best. And goofiest.Published 3 months ago by R. R. Moilanen
Irving writes in a compelling, fluid fashion that pulls the reader through the book. The central characters and settings are vividly drawn. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Schweitzer
I have this secret fantasy that one of these weeks the NYT is going to interview me for their "By the Book" weekly column. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Shannon E C
Perhaps my favorite in the Irving canon. Garp is the gateway drug but hotel gets you truly hooked on Irving , farting labs, dancing bears, and all..Published 8 months ago by k consumer
Not to everyone's taste but I loved it. I have read and reread countless times. There are so many surprises here. Read morePublished 9 months ago by sundaysue
One of my favorite books. Book was in very good condition and shipped as advertised.Published 9 months ago by JOE T ZINN
I adore Irving. I know he's been called the modern day Charles Dickens and since I've never read Dickens, if they are anything alike, I'd probably love Dickens, too. Read morePublished 13 months ago by katieknowsallnothing
Funny, quirky, totally different read. It kept me entertained even though there were parts that raised some eyebrows sexually.Published 15 months ago by Nanny Gall