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Last Night in Twisted River: A Novel Paperback – June 15, 2010
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“Absolutely unmissable . . . [A] big-hearted, brilliantly written and superbly realized intergenerational tale of a father and son.”—Financial Times
“Engrossing . . . Irving’s sentences and paragraphs are assembled with the skill and attention to detail of a master craftsman creating a dazzling piece of jewelry from hundreds of tiny, bright stones.”—Houston Chronicle
“There’s plenty of evidence in Irving’s agility as a writer in Last Night in Twisted River. . . . some of the comic moments are among the most memorable that Irving has written.”—New York Times
“A rich and evocative story.”—Washington Post
About the Author
John Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times—winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp. In 1992, Mr. Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules—a film with seven Academy Award nominations.
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With that said, Irving paints a picture of New England and Toronto, both places I am very familier with, very well. His overall development of Danial, The Cook and Ketchem are all very well done. I would have liked to know more about Lady Sky than Irving offered. That point in my mind tended to mute the ending a bit. I would recommend this book as it was overall an enjoyable journey.
But it is not only all that. Whimsically, Irving lays out thoughts about an author and his work, his inspiration, and similarities between what an author experiences and what happens to the characters in his work.
Hilarious, tragic, touching.
Now aged 56 and hovering around 200 pounds, he may be younger and heavier than John Irving but not nearly as fit so it is more than likely that JI could pin MGS with a cross face crotch and a whizzer(wrestling moves) should they ever have the opportunity to brawl. "
I came to John Irving late in life, and read his entire oeuvre over a few years. I vaguely remember reading Garp when it came out. It did not really click with me, then. But later on, I was compelled for reasons I cannot really explain to read everything. I feel the same about Woody Allen movies; when they come out I must see them. When I read Irving's "Until I Find You" which exceeded 800 pages (paperback) I wished there were 200 more pages. "Last Night in Twisted River" was the first hardcover book I can recall purchasing since college. I could not wait however, and Amazon made it easy at $15.
The other reviewers detail the plot. The few I scanned believe the novel is about "accidents"(there are a few); others complain about political screeds(I did not find them to be overdone). One of Irving's favorite authors is Charles Dickens. Irving has written similarly long novels thick with interweaving generations of characters who sometimes experience miracles.
I am a fan; cannot wait for the next one.
I was eager for this book, and planned to take in on my holidays earlier this year with me. The book is five hundred and fifty four pages, but that's okay because I like fat books which hold my attention.
The book centres around Dominic a cook who sets up his business in a Sawmill settlement accompanied by his young son Daniel, who one night kills the girlfriend of the constable thinking she was a bear. Afterwards the chase is on for they must leave immediately. They move from New Hampshire to Boston, Vermont, Toronto and then back to New Hampshire all the while opening restaurants as they flee.
The action and intrigue I looked for was not there to the magnitude that I expected. They were far too comfortable in their running away and the suspense was missing.
Otherwise, Mr. Irving painted some very interesting and colourful characters, and because of them I continued to read. SLOW-PACED
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar - July 10th, 2010