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"Superb in scope and originality, a novel as good as one could hope to find from any author, anywhere, anytime. Engrossing, moving, thoroughly satisfying."
From the Hardcover edition.
"The Cider House Rules was the first John Irving book I read. I had no idea of the subject matter and, in a matter of a few pages I was entranced by the story. The characters were so human and humane; what a moving argument for the right of a woman to choose. I recently read Widow for a Year and was loved it as well."
-- Ruth Ross
Art Director, The Ballantine Publishing Group
for what ever reason I never before read a John Irving novel. now I am not likely to miss one! there is a lot to catch up on!Published 22 months ago by J Hugi
I revisited 'The Cider House Rules' recently, just before picking up another of John Irving's earlier novels, and I again recalled before I reached page 25 what it was about Irving... Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2005 by J.Jones
Being familiar with three John Irving Novels, I see three common themes: sex, swearing, (and a character with a ) speech impediment. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by JMack
Just loved Cider House, savored every word and felt the characters were alive. So, so sad to finish it. Irving is a fabulous storyteller, makes you laugh and cry. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Cindy Andrews
The book is great at raising the social issues in a context that makes sense - unwanted pregnancies, ethics of abortion or abandonment of newborns, etc. Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by Karen Abraham
Since the theme of this book is abortion, let's get that out of the way first. Now, I personally have somewhat conflicted opinions on this issue so I'm not a fanatic on either... Read morePublished on June 4 2004 by B. M. White
Re-released to coincide with the Miramax film version of Irving's popular book, The Cider House Rules has lost none of its power to haunt. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2004 by Gail Cooke
Once again, John Irving has scored with an intriguing and heartfelt tale of love and family.
The Cider House Rules brings together the notion that family is borne of those who... Read more
I just loved this big long book. I couldn't wait to return to it. He presents both sides of very difficult topics like abortion. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2003 by Barry J. Coe