The Cider House Rules

Thursday, July 29, 2010
John Irving

I have a "love/hate" relationship with John Irving.  I've read several of his books.  I love some (The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany) and I hate some (The Hotel New Hampshire, A Widow for a Year).  Cider House Rules falls into the "love" category.

This is the story of an OB doctor who runs an orphanage and performs abortions on the side ("I deliver babies and I deliver mothers") and the orphan he loves more than all the others, Homer Wells.

If you've never seen the movie version of The Cider House Rules, it's worth checking out.  Michael Caine won the academy award for best supporting actor for his portrayal of William Larch, saint, ether addict and abortionist, as well as an an academy award for John Irving's screenplay.   Toby McQuire does an admirable job of portraying one of my favorite fictional characters, the somewhat sad, but always useful, Homer Wells.

Kathleen M., Administration

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