Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: Last Night in Twisted River




Jill at Breaking the Spine hosts Waiting on Wednesday.


Title:
Last Night in Twisted River
Author: John Irving
Pub. Date: Oct. 29, 2009

Product Description (Amazon)

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.
What's your WOW pick?

14 comments:

  1. This sounds good! Especially since its spanning five decades. You won't complain on how long it is. As soon as I read fiercely libertarian logger I thought of Without A Paddle and that old guy who lives in the cabin searching for his missing friend. My WoW is here: http://theobsessivereader-rachel.blogspot.com/2009/08/waiting-on-wensday.html

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  2. I'm waiting for Irving's new book, too!

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  3. I definitely want to read this one, too!

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  4. I'm am SO excited about this one!!! Great pick...

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  5. Ooooh, this does sound really good. I didn't realize he had a new one coming out.

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  6. Sounds like quite a story. I've always meant to try John Irving and never have. This might be a good place to start. Enjoy your book when you get it.

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  7. This book looks great! I love most of the books I have read by Irving. I think it's really odd that almost every book of his has some plot element with bears in it. I wonder why that is?

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  8. Great pick. It looks really interesting.

    Check out my pick here.

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  9. john irving's stuff is always good. look forward to this one too.

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  10. I've only read A Prayer for Owen Meany and loved it. This one does sound worth waiting for.

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  11. I've read a couple of his books. I'll be watching for reviews!

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  12. Even though I have quite a few of his books, I have never read any of them...

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  13. Sounds interesting but I've tried to read Irving before and never made it through one....I'll let you tell me if it's good or not!! LOL!!

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