The Cider House RulesBook - 1993 | First Ballantine Books edition.
--The Boston Sunday Globe
"The Cider House Rules is filled with people to love and to feel for. . . . The characters in John Irving's novel break all the rules, and yet they remain noble and free-spirited. Victims of tragedy, violence, and injustice, their lives seem more interesting and full of thought-provoking dilemmas than the lives of many real people."
--The Houston Post
"John Irving's sixth and best novel . . . He is among the very best storytellers at work today. At the base of Irving's own moral concerns is a rare and lasting regard for human kindness."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Entertaining and affecting . . . John Irving is the most relentlessly inventive writer around. He proliferates colorful incidents and crotchets of character. . . . A truly astounding amount of artistry and ingenuity."
--The San Diego Union
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THE CIDER HOUSE RULES is a coming of age story involving an unlikely protagonist who's a doctor, abortionist and drug addict. Set in Maine, it follows the daily rituals of the orphanage he runs in St. Cloud's, focusing on his favorite orphan Homer Wells. Ultimately, it's a novel about stick-to-it-ness in the face of stiff opposition.
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