- Publisher: Random House (October 27, 2009)
- ASIN: B002YUIN8K
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (398 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,339,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Novel, Last Night in Twisted River (Hardcover) [Rough Cut Edge] by John Irvin Hardcover – October 27, 2009
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The first section of the book, set in the 1950s in the far north of New Hampshire, is absolutely captivating. As with Irving's early novels, a bear plays an important and almost mythical role. The middle section follows Dominic and now writer Danny in an odyssey brought about by their last night in Twisted River, the events of which cause them to vacate the logging town. Unrepentant logger Ketchum, who remains in the woods, plays a significant role in both lives, despite trying to keep his distance. Like TS Garp, Danny becomes a novelist. In the last half of the book the writer struggles with the tragedies of his life - both accidental ("it's a world of accidents", warns his father) and arranged (despite the best efforts of the ever-vigilant Ketchum) - and with crafting novels, striking a balance between the autobiographical and the imagination. Again, the result sweeps you along in its current.Read more ›
The main characters are father and son, Dominic and Danny Baciagalupo, who begin in a logging camp (Dominic is the cook) and flee to Boston when "something bad happens". If you've read John Irving before, you know that the "something bads" that he details (and I mean DETAILS) are never run-of-the-mill accidents or incidents. His plot lines are full of freak-of-nature occurrences and amazing coincidences. Irving actually self-parodies in this novel regularly, as he described Danny's burgeoning writing career. As an example he (as the omniscient narrator) states: "...in any novel written with a reasonable amount of forethought, there were no coincidences." Again making fun of himself he writes: "...extreme details were mere indulgences the more mature writer would one day outgrow." Ha.
Present here, as with all Irving novels, you have several thoroughly researched and detailed accounts of setting and industry, such as the descriptions of the logging process in the 1950s, the workings of a logging camp, pizza making....
Also ever-present are some familiar Irving symbols such as the severed limbs, bears, older women sexually initiating boys too young, abortion, freak accidents, shallow women characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disappointing: implausible storylines, long-winded narration yet characters that lack depth. Irving may have lost his touch.Published 12 days ago by AD
Well written, very engaging. Fun and intriguing. I definitely recommend it. You won't be disappointed. Another winner by John IrvingPublished 1 month ago by richard pickering
One of Irving's very best! Gripping storyline and well drawn characters.Published 1 month ago by Clinton D. Pollen MD
I have always liked John Irvings work, this not one of best, but still a good read.Published 2 months ago by R. P. Cuminale
I am a John Irving fan, having loved A Prayer for Owen Meany, Avenue of Mysteries, and one or two others. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John 'n Austin
It seems I should have hung in there longer for A Prayer for Owen Meany, my loss but not irredeemable.Published 2 months ago by John T. Weber