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Last Night in Twisted River

Last Night in Twisted River In in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire an anxious twelve year old boy mistakes the local constable s girlfriend for a bear Both the twelve year old an

  • Title: Last Night in Twisted River
  • Author: John Irving
  • ISBN: 9781400063840
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve year old boy mistakes the local constable s girlfriend for a bear Both the twelve year old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto pursued by the implacable constable Their lone protector is a fierceIn 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve year old boy mistakes the local constable s girlfriend for a bear Both the twelve year old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto pursued by the implacable constable Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger, once a river driver, who befriends them.In a story spanning five decades, Last Night in Twisted River John Irving s twelfth novel depicts the recent half century in the United States as a living replica of Coos County, where lethal hatreds were generally permitted to run their course From the novel s taut opening sentence The young Canadian, who could not have been than fifteen, had hesitated too long to its elegiac final chapter, Last Night in Twisted River is written with the historical authenticity and emotional authority of The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany It is also as violent and disturbing a story as John Irving s breakthrough bestseller, The World According to Garp.What further distinguishes Last Night in Twisted River is the author s unmistakable voice the inimitable voice of an accomplished storyteller Near the end of this moving novel, John Irving writes We don t always have a choice how we get to know one another Sometimes, people fall into our lives cleanly as if out of the sky, or as i

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    1. John Irving says:
      JOHN IRVING was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942 His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, was published in 1968, when he was twenty six He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, and coached wrestling until he was forty seven Mr Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times winning once, in 1980, for his novel The World According to Garp He received an O Henry Award in 1981 for his short story Interior Space In 2000, Mr Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules In 2013, he won a Lambda Literary Award for his novel In One Person An international writer his novels have been translated into than thirty five languages John Irving lives in Toronto His all time best selling novel, in every language, is A Prayer for Owen Meany Avenue of Mysteries is his fourteenth novel.

    Comment 152 on “Last Night in Twisted River

    1. Ben says:
      This is the new John Irving novel and it s something special I ve read a number of the man s novels and I can honestly say that Last Night in Twisted River is like nothing not from him, nor from anyone else I ve read before If you think Irving may have lost his touch think again His heart, his imagination, his ability to tell a creative story with realistic and colorful characters it s all right here John Irving has not lost his touch This is a beautiful, violent, funny, heartbreaking, intense, [...]

    2. Elyse says:
      Update This is 2.99 Kindle special today personally I think it s one of John Irving s best I just notice my old review A sentence Life was so much simple here on back then perhaps I should take a lesson GREAT BOOK This story was great from the first page to the last sentence of the book I loved it I m just waiting for John Irving s NEW RELEASE

    3. Julie M says:
      Does anyone else think that this is one of the worst books ever I mean, not even among Irving s Where was the editor This had all the marks of a poor first novel, not the twelfth by what I used to think a first rate novelist Cannot believe I slogged through the entire 550 pp the story could ve been told in 250, tops So much repetition Telling rather than showing One dimensional characters No apparent reasons for their actions at many points Over description We know the bear smells bad, the food [...]

    4. Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh says:
      A ludicrous melodrama as twisted as the title crafted into the believable by a master Most of all it s about the consequences of accidents, and dancing A young boy and his father spend their lives as fugitives view spoiler after he accidently kills a woman he d mistaken for a bear hide spoiler The story revolving around 3 male characters, Daniel the main protagonist, his father Dominic a widower and their friend Ketchum, an old time logger who d blow the ball s off anyone who threatens them They [...]

    5. Chris says:
      I don t have the heart to write much of a review for this one but I m going to write something since I won this in a giveaway and the point of the giveaway is for people to review the books If you re an Irving fanatic, you should find something to love about this book There are bears everywhere And death And violence There s running and a few passing references to wrestling There are bogeymen And nude people There are characters who are obsessed over the possibility of losing their loved ones An [...]

    6. Benjamin says:
      I am a lifelong fan of John Irving and as such was thrilled to see this book on the shelves He s not exactly prolific so I look at a new Irving book as a special treat As B.B King said, the thrill is gone I was quite disappointed in this book While it was an enjoyable read for the most part, the plot meanders and not a lot actually happens Ostensibly the story is about people running from their past but only rarely does it come close to catching up to them until the end which you see coming Irvi [...]

    7. Teresa Proença says:
      Este livro tem um defeito 650 p ginas Devia ter 1300 N o 1950 N o muitas mais.Tudo o resto perfeito Sinopse Numa hist ria que abrange cinco d cadas, A ltima Noite em Twisted River retrata o ltimo meio s culo nos Estados Unidos.Desde a primeira frase do romance at ao ltimo cap tulo, A ltima Noite em Twisted River foi escrito com autenticidade hist rica e emocional O que mais o distingue a voz inconfund vel do autor a voz inimit vel de um ex mio contador de hist rias.

    8. NerdGirlBlogger says:
      Since I saw the film The World According to Garp at age eleven I have wondered to myself what exactly did John Irving survive in his past I have waited patiently for nearly thirty years to find out I haven t ever read a single thing about John Irving s personal life because figuring out just what happened to him to make him the type of writer he is has been a huge puzzle for me Being a survivor of a horrific childhood myself, I knew Mr Irving must have suffered even than I had, as his stories a [...]

    9. Michael says:
      I loved this one as third best among the seven Irving novels I ve read so far after Garp and In One Person It satisfied my taste for his blend of absurd tragedy and sentimentality, larger than life characters rendered as grittily real, and warm hearted evocation of places and communities in New England Worthy themes for me include the impossible task of fathers to protect their sons from the cruel accidents of life and the benefits and negative consequences of a writer treating his own life as a [...]

    10. Maciek says:
      I have read only one novel by John Irving The World According to Garp many years ago, and although I enjoyed it I never read anything else by him for some inexplicable reason, since Irving writes the sort of fiction that I definitely enjoy big, long novels with a large cast of characters and several different main players These stories take years and go through generations, allowing the reader to ideally know these people inside and out and care about them most of all enjoy the novel while coope [...]

    11. Ellen says:
      Oh John Irving, how you ve become a parody of yourself I really like the descriptions of rural settings and of life in Coos County, but then everything goes downhill Not only is the symbolism blatant, but the book is basically a mash up of all of Irving s previous works and his life The protagonist accidentally kills his surrogate mother figure whom he s kind of attracted to by hitting her in the temple He escapes the Vietnam war on a technicality Then he moves to Toronto Then publishes a contro [...]

    12. caitlin says:
      Irving did not disappoint All the familiar touchstones are here bears, wrestling, New Hampshire prep school, Iowa writer s College, breasts, dead young men, overly protective fathers yet it s all new Irving references himself and his critics throughout the book The story is a lovely story of 3 men covering 50 years of their lives The melancholy, for me, came not only from the story, but from the sense I got throughout that Irving was saying goodbye I hope not he s possibly my favorite writer and [...]

    13. J.K. Grice says:
      I had such high hopes for this book I thought to myself in the beginning Hey, John Irving is finally BACK as a great American writer Unfortunately, little by little, the wheels started to come off the bus, and I found myself trudging through another story that was growing tedious and dull with every page The characters that started out so promising, evolved into flat, lifeless souls And why does Irving always have to throw the sport of wrestling into the mix Sadly, John Irving continues to disa [...]

    14. Ally says:
      It s difficult for me to review John Irving objectively, because he is without a doubt the most beautiful author I have ever come across Last Night does not disappoint, and reminds me why I am such a fan of his work to begin with It did take me some time to get through but it was definitely worth it in the end I will agree that at times Irving is wordy and I learned than I cared to about the logging industry and the technical side of cooking.This novel, above any other from Irving, does give in [...]

    15. Jacob says:
      November 2009 In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve year old boy mistakes the local constable s girlfriend for a bear And how John Irving, a writer who doesn t shy away from sudden, violent, and often unusual deaths and really, how else could a mistaken for bear incident end , certainly lives up to his reputation on the very first page first sentence, really a young Canadian logger hesitates too long the constable s girlfriend [...]

    16. Amanda says:
      Dear John Irving,The beginning was so good Soooo good I was even able to overlook some racial stereotyping and move forward And that s a rareity I didn t know if I wanted to take the time to read this whopper of 550 pages I was ranking your book strictly junior highishly at first I got to 495 and I just couldn t take it any When did you get so ridiculous Mr Irving I used to love you Your subtle inside jokes The way the plots and coincidences looped around back on themselves like my old sense of [...]

    17. Kathleen says:
      For me, Irving writes books as Beethoven wrote music in a minor key The books are supposedly comedies They are not to me They are melancholy reflections on the lives we all lead the loves, the misses, the lives, the deaths, the greatest fears, the surprises, the essential ingredients for storytelling the bears.This book hits all the Irving themes This time he adds homages to the late Kurt Vonnegut, by name, as well as other authors He adds homages to grammar he especially honors the semicolon He [...]

    18. switterbug (Betsey) says:
      A veteran enthusiast of John Irving s novels will yield to this story as a ballad and homage to his entire body of work sprayed with a mist of Dylan Readers unfamiliar with Irving may not be impressed they will have a lot to complain about So don t start here if you are largely uninitiated with this author Begin with his fourth book, the tour de force, The World According to Garp Modern Library or his masterpiece, A Prayer for Owen Meany Modern Library And then work your way through his oeuvre [...]

    19. Joe says:
      Last Night In Twisted River has all the ingredients one expects in a John Irving novel There are quirky characters, several coming of age, sexual , stories a non traditional, bordering on, dysfunctional family tragedy and violence, similar to the author s previous books, this mayhem borders on the cartoonish or even Three Stooge ish there is dark humor and a lot of not so subtle foreshadowing And oh there are even a few bear stories What s missing here at least to this reader is empathy or even [...]

    20. James says:
      Irving is a genius I state that upfront to make it clear where my review is coming from No, Last Night in Twisted River is not his finest work But even coming in at average, Irving outguns almost everyone else out there And when I consider all the books I have given four stars to that don t even begin to compare to this one, I wish I could add another star on the scale, just to capture my feelings for Irving s greater works Garp and Owen Meany come to mind This book contains all of the trademark [...]

    21. Jess says:
      Oh, John Irving You have finally, finally run out of new things to say, and so your characters live in this little world where bears run amok, boys go to prep school and wrestle, single parent households are abundant, disgruntled Vietnam era young men defect to Canada, women are either buxom with outsized personalities or prematurely dead free spirited wraiths, and every sage adult has an oft repeated and italics laden catch phrase to impart And it s such a shame, too, because this is the best a [...]

    22. Alex O'Brien says:
      If you re a fan of John Irving, there s a good chance you ll love this book it s filled with his favourite motifs and themes bears, wrestling, flatulent dogs, severed body parts, outsiders, and long digressions I particularly enjoyed the first section which deals with the lumberjack life in Northern New Hampshire As a writer, I was also fascinated by one character s reflections on writing and the writing life there is a wealth of wisdom to be learned here This character s career mirrors Irving s [...]

    23. Kate says:
      I love John Irving I became a writer because of John Irving That said, Last Night in Twisted River was not his best.The story of a cook and his son and an angry companion was touching in spots and unrelentingly repetitive in others As usual, the characters are magnificently drawn, the details chosen with such finesse that it s impossible to remain unmoved.Yet the story doesn t move for long stretches of time and the premise was too fantastical even for Irving I am willing to suspend my belief fo [...]

    24. Dana Simpson says:
      John Irving at his finest since Garp I reread chapter one 3 times, entranced in the details of the boy s body drifting along the river, then getting wedged in the logs, hanging there as if a part of the tree Then, as the story unfolds, the references to the twisting river was so amazing, relating the river as a passage of time, mannerism of writing, the taunts life brings, and how the swelling of the river can surface even the ugliest in human soul When the little boy smashed the Indian woman in [...]

    25. Deborah Edwards says:
      When I heard the riveting title of John Irving s most recent novel, Last Night in Twisted River, and read a few blurbs describing the subject matter and the characters, I just knew in my heart he had finally written another book worthy of being placed next to his early masterpieces on the bookshelf of honor I just knew I would feel the same rush of excitement I felt when I was introduced to Owen Meany or T.S Garp, or Dr Larch or even Susie the Bear, and first entered their strange and revelatory [...]

    26. Allison says:
      The story in this book spans five decades, following the lives of a cook, Dominic Baciagalupo, and his 12 year old son Danny In the beginning of the story, they are living in a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, and after an accidental killing, they leave abruptly, taking up residence in another state, and always waiting for the day to come that they d have to flee again There were times that I was completely engrossed in the story but there were parts in the middle, and e [...]

    27. Mary Rowen says:
      This novel was published a couple of years ago, but I didn t get to it until recently, and wanted to give it a plug I should mention that I m quite prejudiced here, because I love just about anything John Irving writes, but this is certainly one of his best books.Much like another of my Irving favorites, A Widow for One Year, Twisted River meanders for a while before the reader figures out that the story will focus primarily on the life of a writer in this case, Danny Baciagalupo But Irving can [...]

    28. Eileen says:
      In his latest book, LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER, John Irving pays homage to the notion of family and the craft of fiction writing Through the writer character of Danny Angel, Irving weaves a story about storytelling a tongue in cheek retrospective of his own work and favorite themes But mostly, he just tells a great story.Once again, Irving explores how our family histories invade our most basic instincts and inform our deepest memories page 94 how our childhood experiences, and those of our anc [...]

    29. Aj says:
      A new John Irving novel that was released on my half birthday and was pre ordered for me by my ever thoughtful beautiful wifey I can understand that Irving is likely to a polarizing writer either you love him or you don t but perhaps have enjoyed some of his popular novels, e.g Garp Ciderhouse But I love him He is my favorite all time author And LNITR was like a warm homecoming to a very familiar place Like going to you favorite restaurant from your childhood and this is an appropriate metaphor [...]

    30. Kirsta says:
      You know those people who lick the inside of an Oreo cookie out and then don t eat the chocolate cookies They might like this book only the middle was good.The Sept 2009 newsletter had an interview with Anita Diamante where she discussed cutting extra words and how she keeps cutting and keeps cutting until she is down to only the essential words in her novels John Irving needs to hang out with Diamante The first 200 pages or so were just so dang wordy Everything had multiple names, which sure, I [...]

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