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Cider House Rules, the (1985) [Novel]
by John Irving Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 7.9 of 10 (26 votes) (Rate!)
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The Cider House Rules is John Irving's sixth novel. Set in rural Maine in the first half of this century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch—saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud's, ether addict and abortionist. It is also the story of Dr. Larch's favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted.

Original title: The Cider House Rules
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalWorld War IIGeneral
FictionGeneral Fiction


Edition #1: The Cider House Rules

The Cider House Rules (1985)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Witty, tenderhearted, fervent, and scarifying... This novel is an example, now rare, of the courage of imaginative ardor." The New York Times Book Review
  • "The Cider House Rules is filled with people to love and to feel for.... The characters in John Irving's novel break all the rules, and yet they remain noble and free-spirited. Victims of tragedy, violence, and injustice, their lives see more interesting and full of thought-provoking dilemmas than the lives of many real people." The Houston Post
  • "An old-fashioned, big-hearted novel... with its epic yearning caught in the 19th century, somewhere between Trollope and Twain... The rich detail makes for vintage Irving." The Boston Sunday Globe
  • "[Irving] is among the very best storytellers at work today. At the base of Irving's own moral concern is a rare and lasting regard for human kindness." Philadelphia Inquirer
  • "Entertaining and affecting... Irving is the most relentlessly inventive writer around.... A truly astounding amount of artistry and ingenuity." The San Diego Union
  • "Clearly Irving's best-made book and a book of importance. It is a tour de force, a heavyweight among writers.... He accomplishes his feat with both humanity and wisdom.... A moving, sometimes hilarious, and unfailingly entertaining story." St. Petersburg Times
  • "With each new novel John Irving displays widening of compass.... It is the breadth and spread, the depth of characterization that lift this novel beyond anything that Irving has done before.... This may be a novel of Maine, but it carries a far wider meaning." John Barkham Reviews
  • "Irving is in top form in this capacious novel of personal discovery.... Deft realism in both scene and characterization... The Cider House Rules is a mature, entertaining novel." Library Journal
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Manifested in:

The Cider House Rules (January 9, 1994)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345387651
Dimensions: 4.1 x 6.7 x 1.1
Pages: 598

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The Cider House Rules (1985)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Franklin Center, Pennsylvania
Publisher: Franklin Library
ISBN: 068803036X
Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1. 1/4 in
Pages: 540

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