[Last Night in Twisted River] EBOOK / KINDLE

Ugh Danny Irving thinks about writing what it is that makes a good novel where to write best as the story withers down and gives in to commentary on writing fiction many digressions simply go nowhere contrivances become obvious and irritating important and interesting vents are happening off screen I certainly don t mind reading authors writing about the intricacies of creating their novels but not when I m reading them The story skips and hops through decades without paying much heed to chronology perhaps it s just me but thia approach made me lose interest ven faster instead of saving it and by the nd I reached the last page I put the novel down feeling largely indifferent about it which isn t always a condemnation but can never be considered a praiseI m sure John Irving has many fine novels and I wish that this was one of them Perhaps I should have chosen one of his arlier works this one simply doesn t live up to its promise I am a lifelong fan of John Irving and as such was thrilled to see this book on the shelves He s not xactly prolific so I look at a new Irving book as a special treat As BB King said the thrill is gone I was uite disappointed in this book While it was an njoyable 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 up to them until the nd which you see coming Irving also has started repeating himself While we are all used to his repeating themes bears Vienna wrestling specially in his arlier books he has now begun to repear actual Buried events fromarlier books He s better than that I also had issue with the self righteousness of the author character when he discussed writing So much of the book is obviously autobiographical it came across as though Irving was trying to tell us what good writers do and oh by the way I am one I did njoy the book because Irving at his worst is still better than most others at their best but for him I was disappointed Does anyone lse think that this is one of the worst books ver I mean not ven among Irving s Where was the ditor This had all the marks of a poor first novel not the twelfth by what I used to think a first rate novelist Cannot believe I slogged through the ntire 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 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 caretaking ualities 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 unreliable Scenes and situations where the characters were like a bad writing xercise 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 ventual grudge homicide #IT WAS ALMOST A RELIEF REALLY WHAT THE I #was almost a relief Really What the I so much from John Irving who authored one of my favorite books APFOM 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 very page The characters that started out so promising volved 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 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 verywhere And death And violence There s running and a few passing references to wrestling There are bogeymen And nude people There are characters who are obsessed over the possibility of losing their loved ones And loved ones who seem to have a knack for dying One character is a novelist One character xclaims rather than speaks Constipated Christ is one of his favorites It spans generations and travels across North America It has vivid scenes that you ll likely never forget It s imaginativeBut it s also about 200 pages too long 550 total It s repetitive It repeats itself It says the same thing over and over again Is that an A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, echo that you hear Why yes it is That is correct You do hear ancho Indeed my friend Indeed If you were to zone out for a few minutes while reading it have no fear if it s important The Shadow Reader enough it will be repeated for you again a few pages later Hellven if it s a minor detail there s a good chance it will be repeated again Seriously this book is at least 200 pages too long It abuses the use of parenthetical remarks Yes it does And it has such strong hints of his other books that you ll wonder if he s merely recycling old material And yetI didn t hate it At times I actually liked it But it never swept me off my feet I never lost actually liked it But it never swept me off my feet I never lost in it Ultimately at no point did it reward me for reading it So off it goes to hang out next to my other 2 star books Hey I gave Lolita two stars so what the fuck do I know right I m going to pass this book on to a Goodreads friend who loves John Irving and who is uickly becoming a must read reviewer I hope he loves this book writes a great review and Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies exposes this one as the steaming pile of bear shit that it is As if it weren t already obvious that this review stinks 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 RELEAS. Akthrough bestseller The World According to GarpWhat further distinguishes Last Night in Twisted River is the author’s unmistakable voice–the inimitable voice of an accomplished storyteller Near thend 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”. 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 verything goes downhill Not only is the symbolism blatant but the book is basically a mash up 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 scapes 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 The Power Of A Choice 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 uitenjoyable 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 very single xperience and clich into this book to stretch it out to 554 pages 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 characters rendered as grittily real and warm hearted vocation of places and communities in New England Worthy themes for me include the impossible task of fathers to protect their sons from the cruel accidents of life and the benefits and negative conse 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 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 lse 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 The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right 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 hisditor had kept well Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling enough in check in hisarlier years This is no longer the case There are probably 150 unnecessary pages in this novel These unnecessary pages are scattered throughout many in the beginning some in the middle Monsieur Pain even some towards thend They are boring overly detailed accounts of irrelevant topics such as logging logistics types of food highway roads and thnic 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 arly work in those regards It does however share a similar weakness to them in that there are moments of utter boredom scattered throughout The rattling on is clearly something that has gotten worse with Mr Irving in his old age if this is something you can is clearly something that has gotten worse with Mr Irving in his old age if this is something you can deal with you ll want to think twice before picking this up 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 nduring the 150 200 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 ndearing 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 hook up 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 Ketchum stands out but there a number of other lovable characters in this novel The Financial Times writes this 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 stablishment 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 ase at New Yorker cocktail parties or Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. enthusiastically holding court witharnest 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 mpathy I think this is spot on and clearly on display in Last Night. 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. ,

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In Twisted River which happens to be the deepest delve into blue collar life that I ve ver read Irving writes through the yes of a child xceptionally 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 us and kill us how others can lift us up or bring us down the starts and restarts of life s trajectories Through it all we tend to persevere and make it through Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, 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 aroundvery corner While this tension is Il morto di Maigret 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 there s always someone out to put one over on us always a bad guy 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 andmotionally 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 us with his characters like this along with his multigenerational storytelling xplains why reading his novels can help you grow I become sentimental and appreciative of my loved ones appreciative of life in general when I read his novels They remind me to absorb and appreciate very 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 nds This novel contains many unnecessary 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 I have read only one novel by John Irving The World According to Garp many years ago and although I njoyed it I never read anything Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition else by him for some inexplicable reason since Irving writes the sort of fiction that I definitelynjoy big long novels with a large cast of characters and several different main players These stories take years and go through generations allowing the reader to ideally know these people inside and out and care about them most of all Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom enjoy the novel while cooped in during a snowy afternoon immersed in the story and oblivious to the outside world Who doesn t love when that happensThinking about such fiction brought me back to Mr Irving I picked up Last Night in Twisted River purely on the strength of its opening chapter where a young Canadian hesitates for too long It s 1954 and the young Canadian is working as a logger on the Androscoggin River in northern New Hampshire this short hesitation will cost him his life as he slips from the logs and goes underwater Despite tries his body can t be recovered by other loggers they predict that it will most probably drift with the logs along the Androscoggin all the way to the place where they re collected and taken away Twisted River is a small settlement and the inspiration behind its name its obvious it has its share of loggers who don t shy away from drink and fight because there just aren tnough women and logging as an industry is slowly dying out The premature death of the young Canadian affects its inhabitants among whom are Dominic Baciagalupo and his son Danny the camp s Italian American cook and his son The drowning of the young boy reminds Dominic of how he has lost his wife 10 years ago on the very same river it also affects Ketchum a friend of Dominic and Danny who has worked as a logger for as long as anyone can remember He was there when Rossie fell through the frozen river and 10 years later he couldn t grasp the hand of the young Canadian who slipped from the logsThe Sexual Secrets early section of the novel is clearly the best The logging settlement of Twisted River is an interesting location in the middle of the wilderness that is northern New Hampshire and its history and the stories of its inhabitants are detailed andngaging Contrary to other reviewers I
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t find the details the logging industry boring Irving has woven them into his narrative in a way that they read fluently and aren t just a side note or unimportant trivia The death of Angel Pope that s the young Canadian s name is not the novel s defining disaster it s just the sign of things to come Claiming to have once chased a bear out of his kitchen by hitting it with an iron skillet Dominic keeps the tool Hanging On The Wall Of His Bedroom on the wall of his bedroom a similar mergency arose once again One night young Danny is disturbed by noises that he cannot comprehend and which are coming from his uncle s bedroom Fearing for his life he nters it it and before he can know what he s doing grabs the skillet to save his uncle s life to save him from what his uncle claims to have defended himself long ago an attack by a bearIt s not a bear who nds up dead though and the duo goes on the run to avoid the wrath and fury of local constable a mean and drunk cowboy named Carl who delights in hurting people and abusing the law Dominic and Danny will spend the next several decades moving from place to place across the astern part of the US Boston Iowa Vermont and lsewhere and across the border to Canada and Toronto scaping the repercussions of an accident This could have been a great novel but isn t When Dominic and Danny leave Twisted River and go on the lam the novel loses its focus and diverges into too many streams In the decades that the novel describes Danny will grow up to be a successful novelist giving Irving a platform for commentary on the process of writing fiction much similarities can be found between Danny his fiction and John Irving himself both Irving and Danny attended the Iowa Writer s Workshop and took classes by Kurt Vonnegut both Purely Sexual evaded Vietnam because they became young fatherstc Thro. 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 The West Transformed: A History of Western Civilization, Vol 1, to 1715 elegiac final chapter Last Night in Twisted River is written with the historical authenticity andmotional 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. Last Night in Twisted River