The Cider House Rules

  • Title: The Cider House Rules
  • Author: John Irving
  • ISBN: 9780552992046
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Cider House Rules 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 Clo
    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 unusua 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

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    About John Irving


    1. JOHN IRVING was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942 His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, was published in 1968, when he was twenty six He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, and coached wrestling until he was forty seven Mr Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times winning once, in 1980, for his novel The World According to Garp He received an O Henry Award in 1981 for his short story Interior Space In 2000, Mr Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules In 2013, he won a Lambda Literary Award for his novel In One Person An international writer his novels have been translated into than thirty five languages John Irving lives in Toronto His all time best selling novel, in every language, is A Prayer for Owen Meany Avenue of Mysteries is his fourteenth novel.


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    1. I shouldn't be throwing semicolons around too often; and yet, after reading Irving, what do I find myself doing? semicolon, semicolon, SEMICOLON ; ; ; ; I'm not winking at you; those are semicolons now you know what I mean. Irving affects me in many ways -- the semicolons are just one example. (And yes, I know I'm probably not using them correctly -- you don't have to point that out. You really don't.)More than a week after finishing, The Cider House Rules, it's still on my mind, still sneaking [...]

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    2. Hey! I just popped my John Irving cherry with The Cider House Rules!Something strange happened midway through reading The Cider House Rules, my first John Irving book.* I found myself completely immersed in its world.What’s strange is that for the first couple hundred pages, I didn’t particularly believe in this early 20th century Dickensian fable about orphans, surrogate families, an ether-addicted abortionist and the arbitrariness of some rules. But Irving’s storytelling skills eventuall [...]

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    3. I just finished reading this novel, and it is so phenominal that I'm almost speechless, and I'm sad that it is over. The story is engrossing, rich, moving, tragic, and satisfying, and the imagery is extraordinarily powerful. The plot takes place during the first half of the 1900's in rural Maine, and tells of Dr. Larch, an obstetrician, founder of an orphanage, abortionist, and ether addict, and his favorite orphan, and heroic figure, Homer Wells. Irving develops the characters superbly, such th [...]

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    4. While The Cider House Rules is an undeniably well-written novel, I grew impatient with the lengthy narrative and the idle characters. It was hard for me to feel any sense of connection to the different characters, and I cared very little about Homer's life at Ocean View - I was always anxious to get back to St. Cloud's and the orphanage. For me, the real story was about the relationship between Dr. Larch and Homer Wells, and I lost interest in the story once Larch and Homer ceased to communicate [...]

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    5. In other parts of the world, they love John Green. Here in St. JR's, we love John Irving. According to my dictionary, Green is of the color of growing foliage, between yellow and blue in the color wheel. While Irving on the other hand, is a genius, hard-working, persevering person who can manage time efficiently; knows how to balance important aspects of life. This has led me to conclude that Irving is a much more suitable name for a writer than Green, and has also solidified my belief that Irvi [...]

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    6. I was actually really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I am VERY Pro-Life and was very skeptical before about picking it up.ough I love John Irving as an author. He is excellent at character development and his stories are so multifaceted that you are never disappointed. This is certainly true here in this novel. My surprisingly favorite character was Melony. She was hauntingly creepy, pathetically adorable and demanding of your attention although not a primary character. I loved how I [...]

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    7. I started the Cider House Rules after giving up on 3 novels that just couldn't hold my attention.John Irving will certainly make you love reading again. The Cider House Rules is once again a novel rich with characters so real you forget this is fiction and you care about what happens to them.Why can I only say that about a mere handful of writers?This is a novel about abortion in the 1940s. The dilemmas of abortion are obvious, and this novel does lean towards pro-choice. I think pro-lifers woul [...]

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    8. John Irving's novels are like an all-you-can-eat buffet. You can keep going back, time after time, and find words and ideas that will nourish and delight you. The Cider House Rules is Irving's sixth novel; it was published in 1988. More than twenty-five years later, the book still reads like a vibrant and contemporary piece of fiction.The story revolves around Wilbur Larch, a physician in charge of St. Cloud's orphanage, and Homer Wells, one of the orphans. Homer has had several tries of being a [...]

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    9. Oof. This is gonna be a tough one to review. First, it should be known that I was not looking forward to this book. Nothing about it called to me. Nothing about the film adaptation ever made me want to watch the movie, either. (Let it be known that I still have no interest in watching the movie.) And if it weren't for this John Irving Challenge I'm doing, where I'm trying to read all of his novels in a year's time, I likely never would have picked this up. Do I regret reading it? Yes and no. Let [...]

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    10. this may be my favourite john irving book. i like his deceivingly lighthearted style, and the deadpan humour he gives his characters. the cider house rules in particular seems more real than the others, the orphanage and apple orchards seem more tangible, the emotions less idiosyncratic and the characters more humane direct issue here is abortion. the medical procedures to, the right to, the choice to's enough to make me want to cross my legs to prevent any traffic in or oute less direct issue i [...]

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    11. Fortunately all readers all the time do not like the same book. (Just finished a book of the bestsellers the past century and publishers do not favor that opinion.) Tastes and opinions differ which, of course, is a good thing. There are a handful of books though which I simply love because of the way the author uses the English language and/or the story itself and how it unfolds. Other times there's just that "indescribable something" which makes me love a book. This book which made the bestsell [...]

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    12. I've always struggled with Irving and Cider House Rules is no exception. It's not that Irving is a poor writer, no one can argue that. His characters are always fully-fleshed and alive on the page and each sentence drips with so much detail that you think you're going to get splinters when Homer and Melony are messing around in the abandoned millworker's dorm. I just think that most of the time when I put the book down I feel like I've read the equivalent of cotton candy: really pretty but not m [...]

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    13. I really can't stand John Irving's style of writing. This was a six hundred page novel that should have been three hundred. Also, I found it to be a little heavy-handed. He admits that it is deliberately didactic, but I think he pushes it the the point that it starts working against him. Any character opposing his ideals is put up as a two-dimensional straw man that he villainizes and knocks down, which doesn't help convince anyone of his views. I was surprised to learn that he wrote the screenp [...]

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    14. I don't know how Irving does it. Again, in this book nothing spectacular happens. We just follow some very human characters in their everyday lives, with all its ups and downs, with its beautiful sides as well as its sad ones. But I just loved to read this, mainly because I cared for the characters. Most of them are so kind and warm, they have so lovable quirks and their passion sometimes leads them to make stupid mistakes. It's easy to connect with them and in my opinion, that is the particular [...]

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    15. The book started really very well. I liked the first part, I had also a lot of laugh-out-loud moments and I was curious to see what would happen next. I was totally in the story and also liked the characters, they were all so particular and eccentric. But going on with the reading I get bored by the story and, above all, by the characters. These never changed, they always said the same things and behaved the same way. It is as if they didn't have a development: they were the same from the beginn [...]

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    16. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke" In what many consider John Irving's masterwork, we're asked to consider abortion and the rights of society in imposing laws on its citizens. Even the title, The Cider House Rules is an allusion to this idea of rules and the authority to impose them. The Cider House Rules were posted by well intentioned people who didn't live in the cider house and who didn't really understand what life there was [...]

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    17. What I love about John Irving's novels is how they chronicle ordinary people living mostly ordinary lives, but somehow manage to come off as great, sweeping epics. I don't know how he does it - The Cider House Rules contains no epic journeys, no great battles, no romances for the ages, and no heroes. It's an ordinary story, but Irving's writing makes it seem just as incredible and important as The Odyssey. Maybe it's the time span - the book covers a period of over 50 years, and centers on two c [...]

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    18. I finally finished The Cider House Rules this morning; I've been working on it since mid-August. Usually if I take that long to read a book it's because the book isn't very good, I've gotten bored with it, or the writing is hard to comprehend. None of those things are true of The Cider House Rules. Instead I found the book to be wonderfully written with rich and complex characters (not to mention a moving and controversial storyline). I think the main reason I took so long to finish it (aside fr [...]

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    19. I really, really wanted to like this book, and I thought it was very good initially, but the more I read, the less I liked it. Unlike many others, the subject matter (abortion) didn’t bother me at all. What bothered me was an overall lack of connection with the characters and the fact that I honestly felt that this more than 600 page book was never going to end! I think that he could have written this in 300 pages or less. I found myself frequently checking to see how much there was left to re [...]

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    20. This is a pretty hefty novel, but so worth it!It covers an expanse of characters' history - the main one being Homer, a young boy brought up in an orphanage his entire life. The orphanage is connected to a hospital where secret abortions are performed.Homer becomes assistant to Dr. Larch and learns the trade, before having a moral struggle, and chooses to leave the orphanage to live with a couple who have recently visited.He moves to their farm, where they grow apples to make cider and Homer's l [...]

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    21. I was all over the place with this book. I think every star was represented. But all things considered, I think three stars is all it was for me. The beginning was the worst part. The author seemed to have a pubescent obsession with a certain piece of male anatomy. This word was so overused in the first 20% of the book that I started keeping track and even before I hit the 20% mark, I had lost count. I am not exaggerating. He continued to use this word throughout the whole entire book,(causing m [...]

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    22. I love John Irving but stayed away from this work for years because of the "abortion" issue. I didn't want to be preached to, (in principle I am against abortion) and I foolishly underestimated Irving's ability to create a complete work, one in which "abortion" was a small part. This is one of his finest works and I recommend it without reservation. Irving forces the reader to view the world from many angles and does it with his usual excellence in creating characters with depth and a plot that [...]

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    23. Tradičně výborný Irving. Sice je pro mě stále srdcovou záležitostí Meany, tahle kniha mi ale připomněla, proč mám tohoto spisovatele tak ráda.

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    24. Homērs Velss ir bārenis, Dzīvo viņš Svētā Mākoņa bāreņu patversmē. Kā jau katrs patiess bārenis viņš prot būt pacietīgs un viss ko viņš vēlas no dzīves ir būt noderīgam. Ar adopciju viņam nav veicies un beigu beigās viņš vienmēr atgriežas bāreņu namā. Svētā Mākoņa bāreņu patversme ir doktora Vilbera Lārča mūža darbs. Aiz šī nama izkārtnes slēpjas ne tikai bāreņi. Doktors piedāvā savām pacientēm 1920 tajos gados grūti atrodamu pakalpojumu – [...]

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    25. Over all a pretty crappy book. There were some good points. There were some very powerful and strong characters, and then some really flat see-through personalities. Ultimately the book had a very good point. Everyone makes rules, and as people we have to pick which ones we follow and which ones we don't. Should we follow rules? Should we make our own rules? How relevant and practical are actual rules in the real world? More specifically, how relevant are ant-abortion laws? As the readers we tak [...]

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    26. I think it's probably the best book about kindness I have read. It's about people so truly kind, so very gentle (not to be confused with humble), that you amazingly feel like a better person yourself. It kinda gives you hope in humanity.The book portrays the world that is definitely not a very good place: it's cruel, it's lonesome, it's messy, bloody, and unjust, and you have no right to choose, and you have very few opportunities, and everyone is either an orphan or a deeply unlucky man, but in [...]

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    27. PERFECT.

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    28. November 2009What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to us are wrapped up in parentheses.(The Cider House Rules, p. 429)In 19__, when abortion was still illegal (when women who did not want their babies were criminals; when pregnancy was a sentence and a fine), there were still ways to avoid the accident of birth: there were medicines and various chemicals to gamble with, or else there were grim back-room doctors, butchers, and other shad [...]

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    29. I had been recommended this book numerouse times by friends and when I read it I realised its actually one of those books that I wish I had not finished and given up halfway. This was the first Irving novel that I have read and it will be the last as I found this novel totally overwritten and boring, I did not like and feel anything for any of the characters and the reason I did finish the book I wanted to find the reason that this book is such a big hit, sadly I didn't and therefore only a 2 st [...]

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    30. Rating: 5* of fiveMy very favorite John Irving book is a $1.99 Kindle Daily Deal today. So very worth the tiny cost.

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