The Cider House Rules
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One of John Boyne's favourite books.
Following Homer Wells as he grows up in an orphanage and finds himself learning the skills of cider making. Another gem from the pen of one the quirkiest and heartfelt authors of our time.
May 2010 Guest Editor John Boyne on John Irving...
My favourite contemporary novelist. When I read The Cider House Rules at the age of 16, I became absolutely convinced that I wanted to be a writer. Irving combines humour and tragedy with an extraordinary ambition to recreate decades of a character’s life in each of his books.
The Cider House Rules by John Irving
Set among the apple orchards of rural Maine, it is a peverse world in which Homer Wells' odyssey begins. As the oldest unadopted offspring at St Cloud's orphanage, he learns about the skills which, one way or another, help young and not-so-young women, from Wilbur Larch, the orphanage's founder -- a man of rare compassion and an addiction to ether.Dr Larch loves all his orphans, especically Homer Wells. It is Homer's story we follow, from his early apprenticeship in the orphanage surgery, to his adult life running a cider-making factory and his strange relationship with the wife of his closest friend.
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ReviewsThe 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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Publication date1st July 1986
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PublisherBlack Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd