"John Irving's best novel . . . He is among the very best storytellers." - Philadelphia Inquirer From one of America's most beloved and respected writers comes the classic story of Homer Wells, an orphan, and Wilbur Larch, a doctor without children of his own, who develop an extraordinary bond with one another. "Entertaining and affecting . . . A truly astounding amount of artistry and ingenuity." - San Diego Union "Witty, tenderhearted, fervent, and scarifying." - New York Times Book Review
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A great piece of American literature
This tale centered around an ether-addict doctor and an unadoptable orphan casts a different sort of light on the issue of abortion in America: Is it better to create an orphan or to have an abortion? Irving's tale contains a hint of Salinger's Holden Caulfield in the character of Homer Wells, unable to find his proper place in the world (even after leaving St. Clouds). This novel is heart-felt, relatable, and gives an original view of America in the pre and post-WWII years. Superior writing (and the reader of this novel has a lovely voice, too).
What a wonderful story.
One of the rare occasions where both a film adaptation and the novel are phenomenal, even though they are quite different. This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. The narration takes a little while to grow on you, as with the style of the writting, but once they have, you have to tear yourself away. Just one of the all around best stories I've ever come across.
is it just my ipod or why is it that this won't download.