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Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving
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Nov 28, 09

bookshelves: 2009-audio-books, 2009-fiction
Read in November, 2009

Last Night in Twisted River, by John Irving, narrated by Arthur Morey, produced by Books on Tape, downloaded from audible.com.

This is the story of a cook (called Cooky) his son, Danny, and a libertarian logger, Ketcham, in Coos County New Hampshire in a logging camp starting in 1954. Cooky was sleeping with the girlfriend of a sheriff’s deputy, (known as Cowboy). One night Danny mistakes the girl friend for a bear, (due to stories circulating about his father hitting a bear with his 8-inch castiron frypan, and he accidentally kills the girl friend by hitting her with that same fry pan not knowing it is she until ttoo late. This causes Cooky and Danny to continue running away from Cowboy, who spends his life trying to find them and kill them. Their protector, Ketcham, who promised Danny’s mother before she died that he would take care of both Danny and Cooky, is an unforgettable character, a logger from the past who doesn’t make the transfer to modern society very well, and who other people are afraid of. Cooky and Danny spend the next fifty years moving, first to Boston, then to Vermont, and finally to Toronto to stay one step ahead of the cowboy. And we continue to see the family epic unfold. While this book was very different from “The Ciderhouse Rules” it reminded me of that book with the same kind of classic writing that will probably last through the ages. An example toward the end of the book reads as follows: "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 if there were a direct flight from Heaven to Earth - the same sudden way we lose people, who once
seemed they would always be part of our lives." This is Irving’s 12th novel and one of his best.
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