Grunge is a great collectors item for anyone entranced by the Pacific north-west American music scene of the 1980s and 1990s. Text introducing the booGrunge is a great collectors item for anyone entranced by the Pacific north-west American music scene of the 1980s and 1990s. Text introducing the book, written by Thurtson Moore, a veteran of the scene and photographs by Michael Lavine, the most notorious photographer of the grunge period make this book a great pleasure to look through....more
Last Night in Twisted River is the story of a fugitive cook and his son on the run together after their last hectic night in Coos County, New HampshirLast Night in Twisted River is the story of a fugitive cook and his son on the run together after their last hectic night in Coos County, New Hampshire. The story spans over five decades and through New Hampshire, Boston, Vermont and Toronto.
Right from the first page, readers learn that they are entering a world of accidents. John Irving uses this forward presentation of an accident, and all but two of his recurring themes to ease his readers into this painful, yet humorous novel. Although Irving uses many themes his readers would recognize from his other works, he manages to bring to life such memorable characters which make the painful and the repetitive an enjoyable read. This is not to say I don’t enjoy his use of recurring themes, I do, I just find it so remarkable when an author can use similar themes in all of his books, and still capture the readers full attention and draw them into the lives of his characters.
Last Nigh in Twisted River could be categorized as a thriller, with the main characters on the run from a retired Coos Country sheriff, however Irving breathes such realism and very human qualities to his characters, that his novel never seems to be a far fetched thriller. Even while containing stories of bears, a naked woman falling from the sky, strange sexual encounters, and many, many accidents, Irving keeps his readers so hooked to the lives of his characters that it puts his story on the very edge of reality in a way that makes the story still believable. This creates a familiar closeness to all the characters leading the reader to always be engrossed in what will happen next.
My only problem with this novel seems to be the one most readers are stating; which is the repetitious detail of the daily work as a logger in the 1950s, explained in the first section of the book. Irving’s attention to detail is usually something I adore in his books, and while I do appreciate all the detail he goes into about the characters themselves throughout the rest of the book, the first part seems to drag from his constant referral to work in a logging camp. The reason I felt this was used too much was because neither the cook nor his son are loggers, and these are the two characters the majority of the detail focuses on for the rest of the book.
I would, of course, recommend this book to any fan of Irving. I also believe it would be one of the best of his to start with, for any new comers to his fiction....more
Whether read as a cultural study, in an autobiographical interest, a political one or just for leisure, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is an astounding rWhether read as a cultural study, in an autobiographical interest, a political one or just for leisure, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is an astounding read. This is a novel which really forces the reader to think, in and outside of the story itself. At times it is horrific, at other times very moving. This is a novel that is as relevant today as it was when it was first published. A true timeless classic....more
This is the fourth John Irving novel I have read, and it is just as engrossing as the other three. Although I felt it was very slow to take of at theThis is the fourth John Irving novel I have read, and it is just as engrossing as the other three. Although I felt it was very slow to take of at the beginning, once I got into the rhythm of all the lives of Irving’s complex characters I really loved this book. I think I only felt that the story was moving slow because I watched the movie before reading this wonderful novel. Irving had to take a lot out of the story to write his Academy Award winning screenplay, and I don’t blame him at all, he created an on screen story just as amazing as the one on paper.
The Cider House Rules is considered a modern classic, and for good reason. The vastness of the whole world created in this novel is extremely impressive. Irving takes the reader deep into the lives of every character he creates in this book and forces the reader to see the good and bad parts of all of them. Once again, Irving creates lives and people so surreal, and so interesting that this is a book nearly impossible to put down. ...more
Another remarkable achievement from veteran author John Irving; A Widow for One Year is a heartbreaking novel filled with characters so human, it’s imAnother remarkable achievement from veteran author John Irving; A Widow for One Year is a heartbreaking novel filled with characters so human, it’s impossible not to become friends with them. This novel is split into three parts, each at a different time of the character’s lives. Although I enjoyed the first of the three increments the most, they are all full of beautiful writing and an amazing story. The endings of Irving’s novels is always what he writes first, and then he forms his books according to the ending he has chosen, and from the five novels of his I have read, the ending to A Widow For One Year would be my first or second favorite. This is a great novel that I hope many people will read and enjoy....more
Gone with the Wind is a book that will always hold its important place in American literature. This is a novel, which holds up an always-interesting sGone with the Wind is a book that will always hold its important place in American literature. This is a novel, which holds up an always-interesting story line driven by Mitchell’s rich, unique, very human characters. An intimate bond is created between the reader and all the major characters in this novel, because we are exposed to their lives at the best and worst of times. While Gone with the Wind is considered a romantic epic; Margaret Mitchell also paints a beautiful portrait of life in the South during the American Civil War, which gives the book a great historical feel. ...more
A very enjoyable read! The dialog is not always written very well, but the imagination and descriptions provided by Tolkien make up for that. I'm lookA very enjoyable read! The dialog is not always written very well, but the imagination and descriptions provided by Tolkien make up for that. I'm looking forward to reading the next two installments. ...more