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23 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

The Cider House Rules...

This is a heavy-hearted novel. The dreams and wishes go unfulfilled for most of the characters. The Cider House Rules takes place mostly between the 1930's and 1950's. It's about rules. It's about how society has rules for people but those rules aren't always the right ...
This is a heavy-hearted novel. The dreams and wishes go unfulfilled for most of the characters. The Cider House Rules takes place mostly between the 1930's and 1950's. It's about rules. It's about how society has rules for people but those rules aren't always the right rules. This is a story about Dr. Wilbur Larch, the "saint" of St. Cloud's, the head of an orphanage and an abortionist in a time when abortions are illegal. But it's even more about Homer Wells, an orphan who is never adopted and becomes a sort of son to Dr. Larch. This novel touches on some delicate issues besides abortion: incest, interracial relationships, lesbianism, child and spousal abuse and ether addiction. I really like the writing style which makes The Cider House Rules a good read. The content of the book is deep. The characters are believable and Irving provides a lot of background. I will absolutely be looking forward to reading other John Irving books in the near future!

posted by songcatchers on October 25, 2008

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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Book is overated...see the movie!

THe plot of Cider House Rules was quite random, but pulled together nicely by the author John Irving. The story takes place in a Maine orpanhage founded by Dr. Larch. Larch has to deal with the controversial issue of abortion, but after seeing women die, some of whom he...
THe plot of Cider House Rules was quite random, but pulled together nicely by the author John Irving. The story takes place in a Maine orpanhage founded by Dr. Larch. Larch has to deal with the controversial issue of abortion, but after seeing women die, some of whom he could have saved, he decided the women has the right to choose. Whether they want an orphan or an abortion it is up to them. Homer, an orphan raised at ST. CLouds, leaves when he is ld enough to explore the world. He chooses a life of apple and cider making, and enjoys the simplicity of life...only having to follow the simple cider house rules nailed on the door. He soon finds out why Dr. Larch had tried to keep him at St. CLouds for so long. After problems with the girl he loves, his bestfriend, and also witnessing first hand the cruelties of life. He returns to St. Clouds no longer innocent and accepting they woman's right to choose. THe story is interesting, althought John Irving's writing style is very cluttered and he seems to talk way to much. My words of advice are, see the movie instead.

posted by Anonymous on May 19, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2005

    Cider House Rules doesn't rule

    I read the whole book only because I wanted to give it a chance and maybe the ending would have saved everything else. There were some very good parts, but I recommand you don't read this book if: you are pregnant// you had a miscarriage or an abortion //you are eating, as many descriptions are very graphic, however accurate they may be.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    Be prepared for vulgarity

    This book seemed to take a long time to read. It was quite graphic in certain places and overall much too vulgur for my tastes. In my opinion, the movie was much better than the book. Even when critical points in the book were changed the movie was better because of it. Good thing this book was only two bucks or I would have been mad.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2004

    Maybe it's just because i've read so many of Irving's books

    The Cider House Rules was the fourth Irving book I've read, and I've realized that all of his books are very, very similar! They're all set in NH (which isn't really a surprise since Irving himself is from there), they are all coming-of-age novels about a young kid from New England who departs on a journey of self-discovery, etc, etc. I'm sure that if this was my first Irving book I would have given it 5 stars, but I'm sorry to say that John Irving's books have lost their novelty. The story was also pretty unrealistic (keeping a secret for 15 years? Homer retaining all that medical information after everything he had been through?). So far, it was the least enjoyable Irving novel I've encountered.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Anonymous

    It was a good enough story, although, it was a little long. I couldn't wait for it to end but then, when it did, I realized, that it was very predicable.

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  • Posted May 2, 2013

    very very worth reading

    This deals with so many human struggles and emotions, but, is skillfully written in a moving manner. It may disappoint one somewhat in the outcomes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Good read just a little slow

    I really liked this book. It wasn't one that kept me up late at night to finish but enjoyed it at a slower pace. Now to see the movie finally.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Kathy

    This book was way too long for what needed to be said. Very dark and depressing. Too many wrecked lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    And I Thought the Movie Was Great!

    It pales in comparison to this fabulous book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Gotta love Irving

    Great book! I've read most of Irving's books and I'm a huge fan.

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