Not sure if I love this book more, or "Prayer for Owen Meany". These books are like 10 course dinner feasts, full of characters, ideas, places, thoughts, yet everything ties together in the end. I love how the most insignificant sentence in an early chapter turns out to be the most important thing later in the book. Irving does that alot, I find myself going back and re-reading paragraphs from chapters ago and marveling how they tie in. I imagine these books would have been great Radio Serial Shows, where you would get to hear one chapter a week and you couldn't wait to hear the next. I can't really say what the book is about, it is so much more than a straight plot line, but I will tell you that the title, "Cider House Rules", refers to the Cider House on an apple farm. The apple pickers stay in the Cider House while they are working to pick apples. The Cider House Rules are a list of Rules that are to be followed by those living in the Cider House. But the book also is about an orphanage, and an orphan who grows up with a doctor as a mentor and then he ends up at the apple farm where the Cider House is and then he falls for this girl...well, just read it.
John Irving does a great job with this story! It has many dimensions and great book club choice because of the discussion topics this could stimulate.
Loved this book! A wonderful story that loops back on itself and takes the reader in all kinds of fascinating directions. The quirky, lovable characters are typically Irving and the plot has that touch of "magical realism" that Irving so often weaves into the wonderful worlds that he creates. Imaginative and compassionate, provocative and compelling.
As always, Irving creates rich characters and intricate plots.
Heart breaking and gripping from beginning to end.
All of his books are genius, this one is no exception
Yes, I'm an Irving fan, but you really should read this one! What a great story; hard to put it down even when you know you should. The movie was pretty good, too.
A mature,old-fashioned, big-hearted novel, filled with people to love and to feel for. I think one of the characters, an obstetrician, was based on the authors own grandfather, who was also a doctor. The novel is a "much bigger" story than the movie by the same title.
A simply wonderful book, warm, tenderhearted...a great story
An engroosing story full of real life characters experiencing the tragedy, violence, and life dilemmas many of us can easily relate to.
I read this in 1987, saw the movie, & just re-read the book this Spring. I think it's Irving at his best!!!!
I was first introduced to The Cider House Rules through the movie of the same name, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Now that I have the book in my hands, I'm finding those little details that never make it to the big screen, and they make the story even better. John Irving approaches moral matters with a dry, if not witty voice, and it makes for an entertaining read. If you liked the movie, you will LOVE the book.
John Irving is a very good writer and knows how to tell a good story. This story is heart wrenching, leaves me feeling like I want to just give all the characters a big hug.
A classic. Book is in good condition except for the front cover slightly damaged and missing back cover. I guess that' because this is a book that will be read several times.
Fantastic book. Loved the movie, but the book is, of course, even better.
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.
Ballantine Publicity --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
From the Inside Flap
First published in 1985, The Cider House Rules is John Irving's sixth novel. Set in rural Maine in the first half of this century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch--saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud's, ether addict and abortionist. It is also the story of Dr. Larch's favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted.
"Superb in scope and originality, a novel as good as one could hope to find from any author, anywhere, anytime. Engrossing, moving, thoroughly satisfying."
About the Author
John Irving published his first novel at the age of twenty-six. He has received awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation; he has won an O. Henry Award, a National Book Award, and an Academy Award. Mr. Irving lives with his family in Toronto and Vermont.