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The Cider House Rules: Part 2
     

The Cider House Rules: Part 2

by John Irving, Grover Gardner (Read by)
 
Part Two Of Two Parts

To call St. Cloud a village in the 1920s is to overstate the case -- it's a train station, an orphanage and an abandoned lumber camp. But the place is surprisingly busy, with a steady stream of pregnant women arriving at the station and walking up the long hill to Dr. Wilbur Larch's office at the orphanage.

Dr. Larch, to use the local

Overview

Part Two Of Two Parts

To call St. Cloud a village in the 1920s is to overstate the case -- it's a train station, an orphanage and an abandoned lumber camp. But the place is surprisingly busy, with a steady stream of pregnant women arriving at the station and walking up the long hill to Dr. Wilbur Larch's office at the orphanage.

Dr. Larch, to use the local parlance, does both the Lord's work and the Devil's: he delivers unwanted babies and finds homes for them, he also performs abortions. To Dr. Larch these are not two kinds of work but one.

This is a novel about orphans and Maine apple orchards and 19th century American morals. Beyond that, it deals with fragility of rules and rituals in everyday life. It also warns that, for basics like falling in love or saving lives, rules seem to offer little validity or comfort.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736609890
Publisher:
Books on Tape, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1985
Edition description:
Unabridged

Meet the Author

John Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times—winning in 1980 for the novel The World According to Garp. That book, and a number of others, including The Cider House Rules, for which he won the 2000 Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, have been turned into films. Other popular Irving novels include A Prayer for Owen Meany and Avenue of Mysteries. In 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Vermont
Date of Birth:
March 2, 1942
Place of Birth:
Exeter, New Hampshire
Education:
B.A., University of New Hampshire, 1965; also studied at University of Vienna; M.F.A., Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1967

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