The Cider House Rules (Paperback)
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The Cider House Rules (Paperback)

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Paperback 704 Pages
Published: 01/07/1986
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'The reason Homer Wells kept his name was that he came back to St Cloud's so many times, after so many failed foster homes, that the orphanage was forced to acknowledge Homer's intention to make St Cloud's his home.'

Homer Wells' odyssey begins among the apple orchards of rural Maine. As the oldest unadopted child at St Cloud's orphanage, he strikes up a profound and unusual friendship with Wilbur Larch, the orphanage's founder - a man of rare compassion and an addiction to ether. What he learns from Wilbur takes him from his early apprenticeship in the orphanage surgery, to an adult life running a cider-making factory and a strange relationship with the wife of his closest friend...

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552992046
Number of pages: 704
Weight: 498 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 35 mm


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The Cider House Rules is difficult to define and impossible not to admire - Daily Telegraph

John Irving has been compared with Kurt Vonnegut and J. D. Salinger but is arguably more inventive than either. Wry, laconic, he sketches his characters with an economy that springs from a feeling for words and mastery over his craft. This superbly original book is one to be read and remembered - The Times

Funnier than Garp...it's an irresistibly readable yarn spun by a master's voice - Time Out

Like the rest of Irving's fiction, it is often disconcerting, but always exciting and provoking - Observer

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“Too long and too gritty”

I found this book a real slog to get through. Don't get me wrong I like long books, but this one was just painful to read. The characters were unsympathetic, the subject matter I found too graphic, I just found... More

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“I prefer the film!”

The film adaption was excellent and I have watched it several times and was expecting the book to be as good. I was sorely disappointed. This was just not for me at all unfortunately. I found the whole experience of... More

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“Classic Irving”

Some while since I read this, but felt compelled to counter a couple of one star reviews. This is full of the complexity that makes Irving one of the great writers of our generation. It's not easy and it can be... More

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