Male Medusa, Caught in Coils (Otherkind Kink: Male Medusa, uDoes anyone else think that this is one of the worst books ever I mean not even among Irving s Where was the editor This had all the marks of a poor first novel not the twelfth by what Ised to think a first rate novelist Cannot believe I slogged through the entire 550 pp the story could ve been told in 250 tops So much repetition Telling rather than showing One dimensional characters No apparent reasons for their actions at many points Over description We know the bear smells bad the food Dominic prepares is always perfectly tasty And yeah Ketchum Constipated Christ is clearly what an old river driver would say Again And again Women always way too motherly sweet Carmella Charlotte or way bad assdrug alcohol addictedwhorishwhite trashunredeemable Rosie Katie Six Pack Pam Dot May or they have some kind of mysteriousangelic Leaving Loneliness ualities conveniently because they re DEAD Injun Jane Lady Sky And we as readers are supposed to believe that they are worth the trouble these men fight over While the trio of main male characters have the most sympathetic human caretakingalities Daniel the writer is so sensitive sensible successful and revered by adoring fans Irving wishes such a life for himself or maybe he has this Irving spends pages showing off his knowledge or research which does little to carry the plot forward Often as a narrator Daniel or Dominic is The Man They Wanted Me to Be unreliable Scenes and situations where the characters were like a bad writing exercise throw a two year old into a hippie drug party with his neglectful mother and abiding caring father and then let him remember specific meaaningful gist from it in his 40 s C mon Then the eventual grudge homicide it was almost a relief Really What the I expected so much from John Irving who authored one of my favorite books APFOM I am a lifelong fan of John Irving and as such was thrilled to see this book on the shelves He s not exactly prolific so I look at a new Irving book as a special treat As BB King said the thrill is gone I wasite disappointed in this book While it was an enjoyable read for the most part the plot meanders and not a lot actually happens Ostensibly the story is about people running from their past but only rarely does it come close to catching Literacy up to themntil the end which you see coming Irving also has started repeating himself I have read only one novel by John Irving The World According to Garp many years ago and although I enjoyed it I never read anything else by him Update This is 299 Kindle special today personally I think it s one of John Irving s best I just notice my old review A sentenceLife was so much simple here on Goodreads back then perhaps I should take a lesson GREAT BOOK This story was great from the first page to the last sentence of the book I loved itI m just waiting for John Irving s NEW RELEASE I don t have the heart to write much of a review for this one but I m going to write something since I won this in a giveaway and the point of the giveaway is for people to review the books If you re an Irving fanatic you should find something to love about this book There are bears everywhere And death And violence There s running and a few passing references to
WRESTLING THERE ARE BOGEYMEN AND PEOPLE THERE ARE There are bogeymen And nude people There "Who Are Obsessed Over The "are obsessed over the of losing their loved ones And loved ones who seem to have a knack for dying One character is a novelist One character exclaims rather than speak I had such high hopes for this book I thought to myself in the beginning Hey John Irving is finally BACK as a great American writer Unfortunately little by little the wheels started to come off the bus and I found myself trudging through another story that was growing tedious and dull with every page The characters that started out so promising evolved into flat lifeless souls And why does Irving always have to throw the sport of wrestling into the mix Sadly John Irving continues to disappoint Thank goodness we have Richard Russo This is the new John Irving novel and it s something special I ve read a number of the man s novels and I can honestly say that Last Night in Twisted River is like nothing not from him nor from anyone else I ve read before If you think Irving may have lost his touch think again His heart his imagination his ability to tell a creative story with realistic and colorful characters it s all right here John Irving has not lost his touch This is a beautiful violent funny heartbreaking intense and sentimental novel It breaks new ground for Irving because it is a genuine triumph of political and historical weight But this is also a novel with a recurring flaw A significant recurring flaw Before I get to that if I may let me first address each of you based on your specific relationship with Irving To those of you who have never read Irving As I said this book is special and Irving reaches new heights in it Even so if you have the option I do not advise you make this your first Irving novel This is where that recurring significant flaw comes into play this novel is way too long Irving has a tendency to ramble it s something he or his editor had kept well enough in check in his earlier years This is no longer the case There are probably 150 نامه های عین القضات همدانی / جلد اول unnecessary pages in this novel Thesennecessary pages are scattered throughout many in the beginning some in the middle even some towards the end They are boring overly detailed accounts of irrelevant topics such as logging logistics types of food highway roads and ethnic origins If you think you can handle that go right ahead and make this your first Irving aside from said deviations it may be his best novel To those of you who have had mixed results with Irving Last Night in Twisted River is far superior in character development and general storytelling than John Irving s other recent novels it is like his early work in those regards It does however share a similar weakness to them in that there are moments of tter boredom sca. In 1954 in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire an anxious twelve year old boy mistakes the local constable’s girlfriend for a bear Both the twelve year old and his father become fugitives forced to run from Coos County–to Boston to southern Vermont to Toronto–pursued by the implacable constable Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger once a river driver who befriends themIn a story spanning five decades Last Night in Twisted River–John Irving’s twelfth novel–dep.
John Irving ß 2 ReadTtered throughout The rattling on is clearly something that has gotten worse with Mr Irving in his old age if this is something you can t deal with you ll want to think twice before picking this p As an aside this is really a shame because if it weren t the case this would probably be considered his best That s right best And rambling notwithstanding this is a great piece of literature personally I think it s worth enduring the 150 200 The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl unnecessary pages scattered about But don t say I didn t warn you Irving fans Do not hesitate in getting this bad boy in your hands as soon as possible If you do not love this novel you will like it a lot This is Irving s most sentimental and political novel that may sound scary but it shouldn t because he pulls it off artfully and with heart The protagonist Danny or Daniel depending on the section of the novel you re in is a writer and he happens to share a number of characteristics and friends with the real life Irving The one critisism the author of Slaugherhouse Five would make of the young writer was what he called a punctuation problem Mr Vonnegut didn t like all the semicolons People will probably figure out that you went to college you don t have to try to prove it to them he told Danny There are many funny endearing allusions like this throughout the novel Irving also manages to do something here that I ve rarely seen him do before he shows important impactful days of American history and shows how these momentsdays affect his characters he does this passionately and the result is significant and powerful new ground has been broken for our man Okay all of you can pay attention again The storytelling and characters make this novel The character Ketchum a wild woodsman with a huge heart and tons of idiosyncrasies goes down as one of my top five literary characters of all time Despite his ruffian lifestyle and career as a riverboat driver his idea of foreplay is having his hookp read him Dostoevsky s The Idiot He also manically sends faxes to his friends and has a penchant for fighting and shouting Ketchum stands out but there a number of other lovable characters in this novel The Financial Times writes this of Irving It s not difficult to make the case that John Irving is the greatest American novelist of his generation Irving is not a literary establishment figure in the same way as Philip Roth or John Updike nor a left field campus doyen such as Kurt Vonnegut or Ray Bradbury It s hard to imagine him at ease at New Yorker cocktail parties or enthusiastically holding court with earnest young students on the state of the novel You sense that he would rather be back in the New England inhabited by many of his often working class characters which he draws with such empathy I think this is spot on and clearly on display in Last Night in Twisted River which happens to be the deepest delve into blue collar life that I ve ever read Irving writes through the eyes of a child exceptionally well The wonder the imagination the curiosities it s all conveyed delightfully Likewise an important theme of this novel is how our memories can both sustain Killing the Truth us and kills how others can lift At Any Cost usp or bring s down the starts and restarts of life s trajectories Through it all we tend to persevere and make it through even when faced with the worst possible scenario The thing about time Dominic knew was that it was relentlessIn many ways this is a mood novel Its title is perfect because the cautious pending doom melancholy fear that starts on that first night never goes away Whether it s Constable Carl or the Blue Mustang there are fears around every corner While this tension is ever persisting so is the novel s realness This is because 1 the characters are so realistic and 2 life is that way "As Far As We Know "far as we know s always someone out
TO PUT ONE OVER ON US ALWAYS A BADput one over on s always a bad or a tragic accident around the corner Of course if conveyed sloppily it wouldn t seem real at all But have no fear this novel was written remarkably well It was a world of accidents both the boy and his dad already knewWhen bad things happen to the real as hell characters in this it is not as if a description of a person has suffered but rather it feels both psychologically and emotionally like a real person has suffered the ill fate Someone I know well Someone I care about I think that Irving s ability to grab s with his characters like this along
with his multigenerational storytelling explains why reading his novels can help you grow I become sentimental andhis multigenerational storytelling explains why reading his novels can help you grow I become sentimental and of my loved ones appreciative of life in general when I read his novels They remind me to absorb and appreciate every moment 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 From an interview Well there s one thing that I think readers take from many of my stories which is don t take the people you love for granted Love them while they re there because you don t know how the story ends This novel contains many nnecessary details and passages but it is forgivable because Last Night in Twisted River is still an amazing novel It made me laugh out loud it made me think it made me cry and perhaps most importantly it helped me gain a greater appreciation for my life and those that are in it A ludicrous melodrama as twisted as the title crafted into the believable by a master Most of all it s about the conseuences of accidents and dancing A young boy and his father spend their lives as fugitives view spoilerafter he accidently kills a woman he d mistaken for a bear hide spoiler I loved this one as third best among the seven Irving novels I ve read so far after Garp and In One Person It satisfied my taste for his blend of absurd tragedy and sentimentality larger than life character. Icts the recent half century in the United States as “a living replica of Coos County 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 than fifteen had hesitated too long”–to its elegiac final chapter Last Night in Twisted River is written with the historical authenticity and emotional authority of The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany It is also as violent and disturbing a story as John Irving’s bre. Approaching the Guitar under the logs The colorful foreman Ketchum is devastated by guilt and he and his best friend Dominic a cook for the timber company can t help reeling from the painful reminder of the similar loss of Dominic s wife Rosie ten years before when the three were dancing on the river ice at night when they were drunk That they both loved Rosie contributes to their close ongoing bonds as does their heightened concern to protect Dominic s twelve year old son Danny from any such accidents of fate in the future Ketchum is a wonderfully rendered as a foul mouthed heavy drinking libertarian who is both tough and tender andite a sage The book is Danny s story who grows p to be a successful writer From the beginning his imagination is distorted by the fictions he has been told by those who love him and that gets him in trouble For example told that the heavy iron skillet Dominic keeps close at hand was once sed to kill a bear he Can I Tell You about Nystagmus? uses it in the middle of the night to defend his father from what looks like a bear attack In fact he endsp killing his father s gigantic lover As a conseuence Dominic is about revenge from her boyfriend a cruel lawman known as the Cowboy and he decides to run away with Danny From this beginning Irving takes Last Whales us on the road as Danny growsp in a series of cities where Dominic works as a cook infusing The Art of War us with a myriad of new characters and the rich details of the restaurant business We live them in Boston Vermont and finally Toronto Danny goes to prep school and growsp to be a successful writer and we follow his life in various locations series of love relationships and struggles with balancing fiction and autobiography in his work We jump forward and backward in time at times presaging and moving toward significant events at other times slipping back toward them from the far side That reminds me of Dominic s wall of pictures in which shots from all different times of his life with Danny and their significant people are placed together out of order Throughout the book Danny is something of a cipher known through his observations than as a true actor in his life For example I didn t feel any grieving from him when he accidentally killed Dominic s woman and beloved babysitter and it will take other family tragedies much later for him to come into better focus I guess this is Irving s way of showing the special status of a writer as like a window than a door In time we come to realize Danny is the one who is writing the book in our hands and we can t help wondering how much he is Irving Of course Irving probably didn t spend much of his life hoping to encounter again a gigantic naked skydiver like Danny experienced as a boy A tour of the Wikipedia entries on Irving and the novel was worthwhile to me to nderstand a number of the parallels between Danny "And Irving S Life There Are Enough "Irving s life There are enough make you wonder how much the metaphors and themes Danny works with in both life and his writing are ones that figure importantly in the author s own life Danny s and Irving s method of starting with the ending of a novel and
WORKING TOWARD COMPLETION OF ITS BEGINNING REMINDS OF HOWtoward completion of its beginning reminds of how river exists with its beginning and end simultaneously present despite its temporal and spatial flow to those who might experience submersion in it The wind shaped pine on the book s cover is a representation of what Danny meditates on from the window of his winter cabin site on the Georgian Bay of Lake Huron at the end of the book a symbol to him of his crippled father s strengths in the face of life s cruel weather It turns out that the picture was taken by Irving s own son of a tree at his cabin site on the lake where Irving does much of his writing I wonder who was Ketchum for Irving in rendering the exhortation to Danny You keep skirting the
darker subjectsYou ve got to stick your nose in the worst of it and imagine everythingsubjectsYou ve got to stick your nose in the worst of it and imagine everything The book coheres despite the ambition it seems to encompass all of life with a portrayal of lives over fifty years of history There are plenty of diversions that make many impatient with their impact on focus For me the effect was that of a lingering in the midst of life a holding onto meaningful elements and details bound to be lost in time I loved the sweep and warm heartedness of the tale It enthralled me the same way that Bellow s Adventures of Augie March Oh John Irving how you ve become a parody of yourself I really like the descriptions of rural settings and of life in Coos County but then everything goes downhill Not only is the symbolism blatant but the book is basically a mash p of all of Irving s previous works and his life The protagonist accidentally kills his surrogate mother figure whom he s kind of attracted to by hitting her in the temple He escapes the Vietnam war on a technicality Then he moves to Toronto Then publishes a controversial book about an abortion clinic that gets turned into a movie Kurt Vonnegut is name dropped As is John Cheever Raymond Carver and SALMAN RUSHDIEAnd then guess where the story ends Yup in September 2001 We get a nice play by play of that sunny Tuesday morning that lasts several pagesI ll make a deal with you If you promise not to buy the book and only read the first four chapters which are Le seigneur des anneaux : La communaut de L'anneau, tome 1 / Les deux tours, tome 2 / Le Retour du Roi, tome 3 uite enjoyable I ll just tell you the rest of the story and spare you the aggravation of wading through the crap Seriously this could have been a short story but no Irving felt the need for some reason to throw every single experience and clich into this book to stretch it out to 554 pages. Akthrough bestseller The World According to GarpWhat further distinguishes Last Night in Twisted River is the author’snmistakable voice–the inimitable voice of an accomplished storyteller Near the end of this moving novel John Irving writes “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”.