Last Night in Twisted River

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Knopf Canada, Oct 20, 2009 - Fiction - 554 pages
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From the author of A Widow for One Year, A Prayer for Owen Meany and other acclaimed novels, comes a story of a father and a son - fugitives in 20th-century North America.

In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, a twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable's girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, pursued by the constable. Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger, once a river driver, who befriends them.

In a story spanning five decades, Last Night in Twisted River - John Irving's twelfth novel - depicts the recent half-century in the United States as a world "where lethal hatreds were generally permitted to run their course." From the novel's taut opening sentence - "The young Canadian, who could not have been more than fifteen, had hesitated too long." - to its elegiac final chapter, what distinguishes Last Night in Twisted River is the author's unmistakable voice, the inimitable voice of an accomplished storyteller.


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Excellent storytelling and engaging characters. - LibraryThing
The quirky plot and characters are pure John Irving. - LibraryThing
This in and of itself is a valid premise. - LibraryThing
... excellent character description. - LibraryThing
I became a writer because of John Irving. - LibraryThing
I saw the ending coming a mile away, but it was okay. - LibraryThing

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good story. excellent character description. i thot about this alot and i think my problem is thst the characters have no resl soul. i come away not knowing what they live and have passion for ... Read full review

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User Review  - charlie68 - LibraryThing

Lots of unnecessary detail in a book that goes on and on. One of the books by Mr Irving equal parts funny and tragic and laughing at things that at a distance aren't that funny. Read full review

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Contents

UNDER THE LOG
3
DOSIDO
27
A WORLD OF ACCIDENTS
63
THE EIGHTINCH CASTIRON SKILLET
90
BENEVENTO AND AVELLINO 199
198
THE FRAGILE UNPREDICTABLE NATURE OF THINGS
269
LADY SKY
291
HONEY
329
KISSES OF VVOLVES
407
V
409
KETCIUMS LEFT HAND
435
MOOSE DANCING
461
POINTE AU BARIL STATION ONTARIO 2005
491
LOST NATION 493
492
KETCHUM EXCEPTED
518
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 357
555

TORONTO 2000
359
THE BLUE MUSTANG
361

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About the author (2009)

John Irving published his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, in 1968. He has been nominated for a National Book Award three times — winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp. He also received an O. Henry Award, in 1981, for the short story “Interior Space.” In 1992, Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules.

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