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The Cider House Rules ➲ The Cider House Rules Read ➺ Author John Irving – Raised from birth in the orphanage at St Cloud's Maine Homer Wells has become the protege of Dr Wilbur Larch its physician and director There Dr Larch cares for the troubled mothers who seek his help Raised from birth in the orphanage at St Cloud's Maine Homer Wells has become the protege of Dr Wilbur Larch its physician and director There Dr Larch cares for the troubled mothers who seek his help either by delivering and taking in their unwanted babies or by performing illegal abortions Meticulously trained by Dr Larch Homer assists in the former but draws the line at the latter Then a young man brings his beautiful fiancee to Dr Larch for an abortion and everything about The Cider PDF \ the couple beckons Homer to the wide world outside the orphanage.

10 thoughts on “The Cider House Rules

  1. Ben Ben says:

    I shouldn't be throwing semicolons around too often; and yet after reading Irving what do I find myself doing? semicolon semicolon SEMICOLON ; ; ; ; I'm not winking at you; those are semicolons now you know what I mean Irving affects me in many ways the semicolons are just one example And yes I know I'm probably not using them correctly you don't have to point that out You really don't More than a week after finishing The Cider House Rules it's still on my mind still sneaking into my brain at different times in the day; still a part of me Washing my face last night talking to myself Just a light touch there with the wash cloth on the cheeks there Benny just like Dr Larch with the Ether light touch And trust me it's not just that I feel like I know the characters And I think about them randomly periodically throughout the day The novel takes place in the first half of the 20th century in Maine Most of this is at an orphanage hidden away in the remote town of St Clouds; a former logging camp now desolate lifeless and empty feeling with its past of whores and ruffians still present in its aura This is the perfect place for savior Dr Larch’s orphanage where he also performs abortions which were illegal at the time Larch was the only known abortion doctor in the area that didn't provide them in dangerous ways Doc Larch performed them correctly and safely with great respect and care for the female’s dignity and health This is also where protagonist orphan Homer Wells spends his childhood and teen years; where he learns to become Dr Larch's helper He spent some interesting to say the least periods of time living with foster families as well but finds that the St Clouds orphanage is his real home And then true to Homer's odd life he ends up leaving the orphanage under uniue circumstances The story follows Homer into adulthood where he lives at “Ocean View Orchards” During this time you get the feeling that Homer’s destiny is unfolding but into what you don’t know; you just know that it’s not going as planned Homer also develops a powerful yet complex and taboo love; finds meaningful work; meets life changing people that are his new family all while being away from his true father figure Dr Larch There are a lot of interweaving storylines that result in humane moral lessons that show through beautifully if not at the time then at the end of the book or after reflection More than anything this book got me thinking about abortion I thought about it hard in depthly and seriously than I ever had before It became something other than an abstract concept to me; I felt for the women that needed them and I felt for the boy who believed that it was murder It humanized the issue for me and solidified my formerly tepid belief in a woman's right to choose It's pretty clear that Irving agrees with this a woman's right to choose; a major part of the story is in fact him making the pro choice point; but I could also see someone walking away from this with a pro life stance or a adamant belief in that stance After all young Homer was an orphan that liked his life and made positive contributions to the world all of which wouldn't have happened if his mother hadn't chosen life At the same time though our story takes place when abortion was illegal and you see Dr Larch save lives and the issue of choice itself is framed almost perfectly The book made me realize the impact that an abortion non abortion or botched abortion can have on someone's life You have no choice but to have an opinion on it after reading this book because you get hit with the weight of its seriousness The Cider House Rules has all the traits of a good Irving novel the humane odd and likable characters with unusual life experiences; a storyline with moral undertones; profound scenes some zany and humorous others wise and touching Don't get me wrong this book isn't for everyone It doesn’t take off right away someone with fast paced standards may even consider the whole first half slow If you're adamantly pro life you probably won't find yourself enjoying this book abortion is too much of an ongoing issue And abortion isn't the only weighty theme here betrayal war morality laws and rules the soul incest family death violence against women; the list goes on Essentially The Cider House Rules is about the many rules of life some written others not; some meant to be broken; some need to be created It's about the concept of fate and how our decisions affect both our own lives and the lives of others whether they are from playing by the rules or not An exchange from the book sums this up uite well “Every time you throw a snail off the dock' Ray teased Homer Wells 'you're making someone start his whole life over' 'Maybe I'm doing him a favor' said Homer Wells the orphanThis may not be John Irving's best novel but of the four I've read it's certainly his most important

  2. Glenn Sumi Glenn Sumi says:

    Hey I just popped my John Irving cherry with The Cider House RulesSomething strange happened midway through reading The Cider House Rules my first John Irving book I found myself completely immersed in its worldWhat’s strange is that for the first couple hundred pages I didn’t particularly believe in this early 20th century Dickensian fable about orphans surrogate families an ether addicted abortionist and the arbitrariness of some rules But Irving’s storytelling skills eventually won me over His prose is persuasiveHomer Wells is raised in an orphanage in the isolated town of St Cloud’s Maine Although he’s been placed with families four separate times something has always gone wrong with his adoptions and so he continually ends up back at the orphanage where he eventually assists Dr Wilbur Larch in his unusual obigyn practice Women come to St Cloud’s to either give their children up for adoption or have the doctor terminate their pregnancies When Homer is old enough to understand the latter he decides to stop helping with those procedures And when Wally Worthington and Candy Kendall a glamorous young couple who’ve come to terminate their own unexpected pregnancy tell Homer about the apple orchards back home near the ocean he leaves with them planning to stay just for a week or so to learn about orchards for the orphanageThe book essentially recounts Homer’s coming of age Out in the big bad world he realizes that evil and temptation exist and that moral choices aren’t so black and white Having grown up in an old fashioned world presided over by Larch and Nurses Edna who’s secretly in love with Larch and Angela he’s been insulated Choices seem so much easier in the books that he used to read to the orphans Dickens’s Great Expectations and David Copperfield for the boys and Jane Eyre for the girlsIn a sense Homer sets out to realize his own great expectations working in the orchards that Wally’s mother runs falling in love with Candy and forging a lasting friendship with Wally Meanwhile Dr Larch who’s addicted to inhaling ether is getting older; the board of the orphanage is looking to replace him Will Homer eventually return?Anyone who’s only seen the film version will be surprised by a plotline about another major character Melony an orphan who initiates Homer into sex and feels betrayed by his departure She’s determined to track him down but her motivations remain vague Revenge? Jealousy? Again because Irving is such a smooth and skilled writer the Melony sections are always readable and provide a bit of tension in a plot that can sometimes feel looseA few other uibbles Homer’s decision to leave with Candy and Wally feels odd especially since he just meets them Often the book's humour works but just as often it feels contrived And I felt cheated at the end when some big secrets are revealed – things we’ve anticipated for half the book – and we don’t get to see the characters’ responses But I came to love Irving’s people I loved seeing them interact with each other pick up experience get older reflect on their earlier selves They’ll teach you about the female reproductive system or how many bushels of apples it takes to create a vat of cider They’ll make you consider how something as simple as a Ferris Wheel might seem mysterious and magical or how it might feel to ride a bicycle if you’ve never ridden one before I also liked the book's central allegory about blindly following rules At times the theme felt a bit didactic but at others times it felt beautifully integrated into the story The author has great empathy for his characters And he knows how to create an entire fictional world The details might not seem true in today’s busy cynical world but they do in the world of the book And that’s enough for meI’m looking forward to entering another one of Irving’s fictional worlds soon I almost finished Irving's In One Person for a book club but still had 60 pages to go before the group met I should go back and finish it

  3. Katie Katie says:

    I just finished reading this novel and it is so phenominal that I'm almost speechless and I'm sad that it is over The story is engrossing rich moving tragic and satisfying and the imagery is extraordinarily powerful The plot takes place during the first half of the 1900's in rural Maine and tells of Dr Larch an obstetrician founder of an orphanage abortionist and ether addict and his favorite orphan and heroic figure Homer Wells Irving develops the characters superbly such that the reader comes to know and love all of them even those with significant flaws The abortion issue is handled perfectly; while it becomes obvious what Irving's opinion is he presents both sides of the issue objectively and refrains from preaching on the subject or becoming overtly political Normally I recommend reading a book before seeing the movie adaptation but in this case the movie is excellent so by reading the book first one may not appreciate the film as much as one should Irving is a storyteller on par with Dickens and I'm going to add his other works to my future reading list

  4. Emily Emily says:

    While The Cider House Rules is an undeniably well written novel I grew impatient with the lengthy narrative and the idle characters It was hard for me to feel any sense of connection to the different characters and I cared very little about Homer's life at Ocean View I was always anxious to get back to St Cloud's and the orphanage For me the real story was about the relationship between Dr Larch and Homer Wells and I lost interest in the story once Larch and Homer ceased to communicateThough Homer is the protagonist of the story he remained inscrutable throughout the book Except for his propensity to interject right into any conversation and his longing for a family I would not be able to describe any of Homer's other characteristics his personality or aspirations Wally and Candy Worthington the perfect golden gods were so flat and dull that I usually couldn't wait for the story to shift away from them The triangle between Wally Candy and Homer could have been interesting but it is written without any tension between the characters In fact Irving completely skips over fifteen years of the trio's life together I wish the story had skipped completely over Homer's life in Ocean View Relationships were never explored to their potentials Even Olive Worthington is so sensible that she never blames or stigmatizes Homer and Candy for their actions; Ray Kendall who might have had an interesting paternal relationship with Homer especially since parents are so scarce in this story dies without confronting either Homer or Candy In short a love triangle which could have been an immense source of drama to characters who actually reacted to events around them became boring It was so boring that fifteen years of potential strain was glossed overThe one truly interesting character in the book besides Dr Larch turned out to be the illustrious Melony whom I hugely enjoyed reading Melony may have been ridiculous but she was a well fleshed out interesting character whose life followed a reasonable yet interesting route I was eually interested in the two nurses at the orphanage who were only described briefly in the beginning of the novel Yet these two characters who have such strong presences in the lives of Dr Larch and Homer never have any face time of their own I couldn't separate Angela from Edna nor understand why Homer chose Angela as the namesake for his child Even a few pages on either of the nurses would have been useful and illuminatingInstead Irving segues into long descriptions of characters such as the stationmaster While the stationmaster is undoubtedly amusing I wondered why I cared And yet I liked the stationmaster passage better than the scenes at Ocean View It's unfortunate that the 5 pages introducing the stationmaster were interesting than Homer Candy and Wally combined In the end finishing The Cider House Rules became a chore I fail to see the brilliance apparently displayed in this novel Perhaps it only appears on a second reading; however I don't think I'll ever pick this up again Oh and can I express my distaste for reading pages and pages about characters named Candy and Angel? One would have been enough

  5. Jr Bacdayan Jr Bacdayan says:

    In other parts of the world they love John Green Here in St JR's we love John Irving According to my dictionary Green is of the color of growing foliage between yellow and blue in the color wheel While Irving on the other hand is a genius hard working persevering person who can manage time efficiently; knows how to balance important aspects of life This has led me to conclude that Irving is a much suitable name for a writer than Green and has also solidified my belief that Irving is a much better novelist than Green It just struck me that the definition of Irving is so close to Irving's nature as a writer knows how to balance important aspects of life So true John Green taking nothing away from him has much to learn from John Irving The hordes of teens crying because of John Green's melodramatic deaths will benefit much if they try reading John Irving I think I'll feel much better about the collective future of the human race if the crazy teenage obsession towards John Green was given to John Irving instead Moving on John Irving's The Cider House Rules is a thought provoking novel that's both entertaining and affecting As expected from Irving the novel is filled with characters to feel for Characters that have the weirdest backgrounds the funniest thoughts the craziest names Yet they appear real than the real characters in our lives the characters we know It has always been Irving's strength his characters Homer Wells the protagonist is an orphan boy whose search for identity manifests a richness of the human spirit that is unlike any I have ever read His story is a marvel to watch as it unfolds During the first parts of the book I couldn't help feel that grim aura that enveloped St Cloud's That fog like cloud that mist that was ever present that presence of loneliness of unwantedness of reckless abandon That feeling that every orphan felt etched inside their bones The feeling that every woman had whether their case was that of an abortion or of the orphan conception I felt it “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life or whether that station will be held by anybody else these pages must show” That Homer turned to Dickens and Bronte for guidance was fitting His several experiences with foster homes made him realize that he belonged in St Clouds He learned to be of use So he became the assistant to Dr Larch the director of the orphanage and also his father figure The relationship between Dr Larch and Homer Wells has got to be one of the most touching examples of a father son relationship in literature albeit not by blood From St Clouds he would move to Ocean View Orchard I'm not going to get into specifics this is not that kind of a review You need to discover that on your own I'm just gonna say that his journey towards finding out who he is ultimately ends in a self discovery that touches the heart It's a very special book One of the most important if not the most important point of the book has got to do with abortion Dr Larch did abortions in St Cloud's and wanted Homer to follow in his foot steps Homer though he thought abortion should be legalized didn't want to perform it He believed that fetuses have souls “Here is the trap you are in And it's not my trap—I haven't trapped you Because abortions are illegal women who need and want them have no choice in the matter and you—because you know how to perform them—have no choice either What has been violated here is your freedom of choice and every woman's freedom of choice too If abortion was legal a woman would have a choice—and so would you You could feel free not to do it because someone else would But the way it is you're trapped Women are trapped Women are victims and so are you” “These same people who tell us we must defend the lives of the unborn they are the same people who seem not so interested in defending anyone but themselves after the accident of birth is complete These same people who profess their love of the unborn's soul they don't care to make much of a contribution to the poor they don't care to offer much assistance to the unwanted or the oppressed How do they justify such a concern for the fetus and such a lack of concern for unwanted and abused children? They condemn others for the accident of conception; they condemn the poor as if the poor can help being poor One way the poor could help themselves would be to be in control of the size of their families I thought that freedom of choice was obviously democratic was obviously American” “If pride is a sin moral pride is the greatest sin” I have come out of this book much aware of my position towards abortion Before I read this book I would have said that I was against abortion I didn't like the thought of killing babies but I hadn't really reflected on the gravity of the situation With the insights I've gotten from the book and after my struggle with my thoughts I have finally decided that I am against anti abortion laws It actually doesn't matter if you believe that it is wrong or not What matters is that people who think otherwise should have the choice to avail it If I have learned anything in my short life it is never to impose my will upon others And I believe that anti abortion laws is just that Imposition of self righteousness I'm not forcing my belief upon you I'm not starting a debate I'm just stating my opinion Nothing else This book opened my eyes if not removed that veil of ignorance around it It's just saddening that abortion is still illegal in my country Here's to hoping that it'll change soonAnother important point of the book has to do with rules The name of the novel The Cider House Rules concurs to the idea that rules play a very important role in this novel Actually it has to do with breaking the rules “We got our own rules” The words of Mr Rose the boss of the apple picking crew when Homer asks him why the men don’t follow the rules posted in the cider house Mr Rose’s words underscore a major theme of the novel when the rules don’t make sense people have to make their own rules Homer learns this lesson when he begins to perform abortions Although the procedure is illegal he feels he must “break the rules” to do what is right In the end he chose to be the Hero of his own life He chose to make his own rules As I end let me leave you with an excerpt that I think greatly encapsulates the message of the book “It´s natural to want someone you love to do what you want or what you think would be good for them but you have to let everything happen to them You can't interfere with people you love any than you're supposed to interfere with people you don't even know And that's hard because you often feel like interfering you want to be the one who makes the plans”

  6. Kerri Kerri says:

    45I found the first 200 pages of this book to be just okay They flew by fairly uickly and I was or less enjoying it but I can't say I cared too much either It took me a little while to adjust to the writing style too in particular the way it seemed to jump from one thing to another with little warning At some point I realised I'd gotten used to this and had found some sort of firm footing as I readWhat's interesting for me about this is that there were many times when I didn't really care about what was happening I wasn't that interested in Homer or his life or Candy who I had wildly mixed feelings about but I still liked the book I was mulling over that as I finished the final pages when a line ended up summing up perfectly what I felt'Here in St Cloud's' Wilber Larch had written 'we learn to love the difficult'Something that was slightly annoying for me is that the blurb on my copy of the book refers to Homer's 'strange relationship with the wife of his closest friend' Which meant that the entire time Wally is missing I knew he had to be alive and would return and marry Candy An odd decision to give that awayDr Larch is the only character I liked for the entirety of the book described in the same blurb as 'a man of rare compassion and with an addiction to ether' One of my favourite of Larch's observations is this one regarding crouet'From a watercolor of some strange lawn games he had once imagined that striking a wooden ball with a wooden mallet as hard as he could would be rewarding but he wanted time to practice this art alone and unobserved'I feel that way about many things I wouldn't mind trying it but certainly not in front of many people especially if those people already know what to doOverall a book I did enjoy I want to read by John Irving especially 'The World According to Garp' since I loved the movie I will also try to find the movie version of 'The Cider House Rules' since I have heard it is good 🍎

  7. Edward Lorn Edward Lorn says:

    Oof This is gonna be a tough one to review First it should be known that I was not looking forward to this book Nothing about it called to me Nothing about the film adaptation ever made me want to watch the movie either Let it be known that I still have no interest in watching the movie And if it weren't for this John Irving Challenge I'm doing where I'm trying to read all of his novels in a year's time I likely never would have picked this up Do I regret reading it? Yes and no Let's discuss shall we?I hated the first chapter and a half of The Cider House Rules I've come to expect that I'm gonna be pretty confused for the first fifty to a hundred pages of an Irving novel Usually the stuff at the beginning doesn't pay off until halfway through the book and sometimes he makes you wait until the very end before he returns to why the opening chapter was needed Here I never felt like that opening chapter was needed not to mention the chapter is just fuckin boring to read We could've easily opened with Chapter Two Larch's history and then summarized the info from Chapter One into the beginning of Chapter Three That's how I would've done it anywayI only really liked one of the characters and it wasn't until Homer started learning from Larch that I really started to care for her I never once cared about Homer period For a main character dude was surprisingly weak And him constantly answering everything with Right got on my nerves as much as it got on Wally's nerves I was thrilled when Wally finally decked him in his cocksucker Which brings me to Authorial Intent Did Irving mean for Homer to be an annoyingly weak character? I believe he did Doesn't mean I have to like it though It only means Irving possibly accomplished what he set out to do Bravo or you know whateverMy favorite character throughout the entire mess was Melony She rocked I dig a multi layered strongly developed female character and Melony checked all of those boxes Lorna and her love story was beautiful and heartbreaking and I'm glad Irving took the time to follow Melony's storyline all the way to the end I was worried that there for a moment the book would end on Homer and I thought Fuck everything about this book Then Irving brought it all home and I was graciously satisfiedOddly enough despite the exclusion of wrestling and bears this was Irving's most repetitive work I've read about all of these characters before some than once and I think that's why I didn't give a fuck for any of them They all felt like carbon copies of better drawn characters from earlier novels Irving just changed their names and put them in a different story Some other aspects of Irving's work has become predictable too; mainly who will live and die by the end of the book He sets up character's deaths the same way each and every time and the formula has become irritatingly obvious A major character's death was ruined for me in this book because of Irving's signature phoning in of plot points This isn't a thriller the book does not depend on surprises but I'd still appreciate not being able to see certain things comingAs with all of Irving's novels this one relies heavily on a strong ending The middle of the book is a padded mess detailing long stretches of time I didn't give a single shit about These lengthy chapters are further rendered pointless when later in the book Irving skips ahead in time fifteen years If he could skip fifteen years of a child's life and still make us care for the kid why couldn't he find a better way of telling of Wally's time in Burma succinctly? What a clusterfuck of odd details that chapter was And if Irving's able to skip fifteen years in the life why drone on and on about the day to day life of orchard workers when by the end of the book none of it really matters? Why? Because Irving cares about what Irving cares about These are first and foremost his books and he will write them how he sees fit He also know that again by the end of the book you won't give a shit about the bloated middle By the time you flip that final page you will be basking in the glow of an ending so well told that you will let slide all the times you were bored even if that time was less than a hundred pages ago Yes the ending is that strong Irving's endings always are In summation Nowhere near his best work but much better than his debut novel Setting Free the Bears So far in my challenge I've thought I will reread this book at some point in my life but I will never reread this one It was a chore just finishing it the first time Recommended for Irving completionists and fans of apples and abortionsFinal Judgment Show up for the coming of age aspects that Irving does so well and stay for Melony and Lorna's story

  8. Charlotte May Charlotte May says:

    This is a pretty hefty novel but so worth itIt covers an expanse of characters' history the main one being Homer a young boy brought up in an orphanage his entire life The orphanage is connected to a hospital where secret abortions are performedHomer becomes assistant to Dr Larch and learns the trade before having a moral struggle and chooses to leave the orphanage to live with a couple who have recently visitedHe moves to their farm where they grow apples to make cider and Homer's life changes for everI love this novel it is one of my favourites and put Irving's books at the top of my listAnyone who has an interest in American history and in depth character studies go for it you won't be disappointed

  9. Lesley Lesley says:

    Incredible book You can watch my review here

  10. Pamela Pamela says:

    I was actually really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book I am VERY Pro Life and was very skeptical before about picking it upalthough I love John Irving as an author He is excellent at character development and his stories are so multifaceted that you are never disappointed This is certainly true here in this novel My surprisingly favorite character was Melony She was hauntingly creepy pathetically adorable and demanding of your attention although not a primary character I loved how Irving intertwined her story into the theme of the book There was a parallel running between Dr Larch and Homer that Irving carved brilliantly Although somewhat expected the ending was tragic and sad I found myself torn with my own personal feelings about the love triangle of Wally Candy and Homer One always wants the orphan to find hisher riches or personal happiness This novel reminds us that sometimes even the underdog doesn't win although he plays a damn good game All in all this was a wonderful read Hats off to Irving once again for a rich and delectable story

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