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Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving
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Nov 20, 2009

it was amazing
Read in November, 2009

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 more than I had, as his stories are so twisted and dark.

With "Last Night in Twisted River: A Novel" I think I have finally figured out the puzzle of Mr. Irving. While "A Prayer for Owen Meany" will always remain my favorite book of his, "Twisted River" is a close second. For whatever reason, I've convinced myself that this book is the true story of his life, or the true life story of someone very close to him. If it isn't, then call me a fool, but please realize that whether this novel is a memoir or not, "Last Night in Twisted River" remains a brilliant story of father and son and grandson, and the near life-long friendship they have with a mysterious logger. I have always wondered why Mr. Irving writes about the subjects he has always written about, such as widows, Canada, wrestling, motherless and fatherless children, left hands, bears, and even abortion and all of these subjects get a mention in this book.

This is the best book I've read in 2009, and I stayed up until 5:15 am this morning just to finish it. All I can tell you is that the novel is fabulous and you need to go buy this book immediately to find out for yourself just how good it truly is. I promise you will be lost in a world like none other.
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Patrick Yes, you're a fool. You could just go to Wikipedia and read what really happened to the author. Why do people think that authors are telling the truth in novels? They're FICTION!


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