Set among the apple orchards of rural Maine, it is a perverse 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 with an addiction to ether. Dr Larch loves all his orphans, especially Homer Wells. It is Homer's story we follow, from his early apprenticeship in the orphanage, to his adult life running a cider-making factory and his strange relationship with the wife of his closest friend.
About the Author
John Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942, and he once admitted that he was a 'grim' child. Although he excelled in English at school and knew by the time he graduated that he wanted to write novels, it was not until he met a young Southern novelist named John Yount, at the University of New Hampshire, that he received encouragement.
"The 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 *
Series: Black Swan Ser.
Number Of Pages: 736
Published: 31st March 1999
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7 x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1