Hotel New Hampshire by John IRVING
(Black Swan)

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“The first of my father’s illusions was that bears could survive the life lived by human beings, and the second was that human beings could survive a life led in hotels.” So says John Berry, son of a hapless dreamer, brother to a cadre of eccentric siblings, and chronicler of the lives lived, the loves experienced, the deaths met, and the myriad strange and wonderful times encountered by the family Berry. Hoteliers, pet-bear owners, friends of Freud (the animal trainer and vaudevillian, that is), and playthings of mad fate, they “dream on” in a funny, sad, outrageous, and moving novel by the remarkable author of A Prayer for Owen Meany and Last Night in Twisted River.

 

About John IRVING

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John Irving published his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, in 1968. He has been nominated for a National Book Award three times - winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp. He also received an O. Henry Award in 1981 for the short story 'Interior Space'. In 1992, he 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. In 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent novel is Last Night in Twisted River.
 
Published September 1, 1981 by Dutton Adult. 401 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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How many times can Irving, novelist-as-juggler, throw the same subjects, metaphors, and tricks--bears, motorcycles, prep schools, hotels, Vienna, muscle-building, feminism--up into the air?

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The bear, aroused, growls ''Earl!'' Next time, I wish Mr. Irving would take politics as seriously as he takes cameras and interviews - the terrorists here are even sillier than the Ellen Jamesians were in ''The World According to Garp'' - but he is busy, he tells us, rewriting Turgenev.

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Book Reporter

THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE is far and away the quirkiest of John Irving's novels.

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Spirituality & Practice

Those who concur with Irving and Richardson's view that "life is serious but art is fun" will find that The Hotel New Hampshire makes perfect fairy tale sense.

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Time Out New York

Richardson was obviously a brave man to adapt and direct this screen version of John Irving's ultra-whimsical 1981 novel, with serial hotelier Bridges eventually leading his family to Vienna in his quest for the perfect establishment.

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Star Pulse

Full Summary >> Cast: Jodie Foster - (Franny) Beau Bridges - (Father/Win Berry) Nastassja Kinski - (Susie the bear) Wilford Brimley - (Iowa Bob) It's just not easy making a film out of a John Irving novel, as The Hotel New Hampshire vividly demonstrates.

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The Morning Call

Jean Luc Goddard once said, we were told in film class, that if he wanted to film a book he would lay the book on the floor, set up the camera on the tripod and film a page, turn the page, film a page, and so on.

Apr 07 1984 | Read Full Review of Hotel New Hampshire (Black Swan)

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