Saturday, February 13, 2010

Last Night in Twisted River

If you've ever read a John Irving book and liked it, you'll LOVE this one. At least I did :) His storytelling is so's a nice change of pace from the usual start-to-finish type of storytelling. You get to know the characters bit by bit throughout the book. He writes in a "flashback" sort of way but it's so creatively done that's it's not overwhelming and boring. And it all ties together so well!

This one is about a father and son who are on the run after the son accidentally mistakes the father's lover for a bear and kills her. It spans 5 decades of their lives in the US and Canada and the people they meet are fascinating and lovable. It's kind of a sad story but the ending turns out pretty well. But, it's a lot like real life in that there are ups/downs and consequences for your actions.

I've read quite a few of his books. Some are fantastic (Cider House Rules, World According to Garp, Prayer for Owen Meany (one of my faves!!) ) and some of his books I really wasn't able to get into, let alone finish. This one has kind of a slow start, but stick with it and it gets REALLY good and it's hard to put down. Loved it and would totally recommend it!


  1. Is this the same guy who wrote, "Widow for a Year"?

  2. It is. But, I didn't read it or it was one I started and didn't finish. Did you read it?

  3. No, I haven't read it, but I've got it coming through PBS.


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