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A strange world, familiar yet distant

Advantages: Enthralling read
Disadvantages: None, that I can think of, unless you're a little squeamish

John Irving's novel is without doubt the most interesting and tasty book I've read this year. The book was given to me as a Christmas present from my girlfriend's mother, and my first instinct was .. hmm... this is one of those epic-last-century-drama-dr ...

runonthespot 23.07.2003 · Read full review
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Review of Cider House Rules - The Novel - John Irving

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A modern dickens

Advantages: the best book I've read
Disadvantages: Even at 700 odd pages i wanted more

Everyone has their own particular favourite Irving novel, but this for me has to be his finest hour. Epic in scale, spanning three generations, this has to be the most emotionally engaging and moving book I've ever read. Drawing heavily from (and unlike m ...

chipmunk3 28.02.2001 · Read full review
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Tastes better than cider

Advantages: compelling
Disadvantages: it ends

Nothing can really prepare you for this book and i didn't know what to expect when i first sat down to read it. I was recomended it by my English teacher for some Easter reading last year and i had no idea what to read as i always seem to have read eve ...

ginger_tiger 08.04.2001 · Read full review
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The Cider House, Rules!

Advantages: Everything! Gripping!
Disadvantages: Taboo Issues i.e abortion

I have recently re-read the cider house rules and loved it even more the second time round. The story follows un-adopted orphan Homer Wells through life, love, loss and friendship. Strong issues regarding abortion and womens rights to have a choice in thi ...

bear_ass_panda 12.05.2007 · Read full review
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A ruling piece of fiction

Advantages: Thought provoking
Disadvantages: quite long

This is the first John Irving book I have read so I didn’t know what to expect, but what I found is a deeply touching and well written book. From the outset you grow to love the main character Homer Wells. Homer was born and grew up in the orphanage of St ...

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