The Cider House Rules by John Irving

63%

8 Critic Reviews

...it is not at all clear what exactly is the novel's point...irritating and ultimately disappointing.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

First published in 1985 by William Morrow, The Cider House Rules is John Irving's sixth novel. Set in rural Maine in the first half of the twentieth 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.

 

About John Irving

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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.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published July 31, 2012 by William Morrow. 612 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Children's Books, Arts & Photography. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Cider House Rules
All: 8 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average

...it is not at all clear what exactly is the novel's point...irritating and ultimately disappointing.

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Book Reporter

Good
on Jan 21 2011

...the characters are complex and the plot is multilayered.

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Pajiba

Good
on Dec 17 2008

...I found it ultimately uplifting, and as corny as this may sound: triumphant.

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People

Below average
on Jun 24 1985

...Irving is almost always too detailed. The reader is rarely allowed to imagine.

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AnnArbor.com

Above average
Reviewed by Melissa LR Handa on Oct 09 2009

You may like this book if… You like reading stories that are both entertaining and informative, you enjoy following multiple main characters, you are interested in learning more about abortion and back-alley abortion against the back drop of WW2...

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Booked Solid

Above average
Reviewed by victor.kralisz on May 18 2013

The New York Times Book Review’s major critic treated it carefully but finally admitted it was an achievement and more mature and accessible than his previous work. It’s both comforting and comfortable therefore to look back over a quarter century with so many later novels in the can and with this one in the spotlight.

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Gather Books

Excellent
on Jul 24 2008

...I'll still always remember when I first picked up "The Cider House Rules" and how it impacted my life. There aren't many books I can say that about.

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Literate Housewife

Above average
Reviewed by Jennifer on Apr 04 2007

This book is decidedly pro-choice. Still, there is no glorification of the procedure or those who perform them...Although I believe that Irving intended to end this book with hope, I felt quite the opposite.

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