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In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious 12-year-old boy mistakes the local constable's girlfriend for a bear. Both the 12-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 them.

In a story spanning five decades, Last Night in Twisted River - John Irving's 12th novel - depicts 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 more than 15, had hesitated too long" - to its elegiac final chapter, Last Night in Twisted River is written with the historical authenticity and emotional 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 breakthrough best seller The World According to Garp.

What further distinguishes Last Night in Twisted River is the author's unmistakable voice - the inimitable voice of an accomplished storyteller. Near the end 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."

©2009 John Irving (P)2009 Random House

Critiques

“Absolutely unmissable . . . [A] big-hearted, brilliantly written and superbly realized intergenerational tale of a father and son.” ( Financial Times)
“There’s plenty of evidence in Irving’s agility as a writer in Last Night in Twisted River. . . . some of the comic moments are among the most memorable that Irving has written.” ( New York Times)
“Engrossing . . . Irving’s sentences and paragraphs are assembled with the skill and attention to detail of a master craftsman creating a dazzling piece of jewelry from hundreds of tiny, bright stones.” ( Houston Chronicle)

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • MJL
  • 24/11/2009

Better to read it

I've been a fan of Irving's since 1978 when "Garp" was the first hardcover I ever bought. Since then there have been some very good books (Garp, Owen Meany, Widow for One Year) and some not as good (Son of the Circus, Fourth Hand, and Until I Find You). Twisted River is one of the better ones. Good story, good characters, and good writing. Unfortunately, I listened to it rather than buying the book and reading it. I found myself mentally rolling my eyes at some of the dialogue, until it occured to me that the problem was the reader and not the prose. When I imagined reading the words I was listening to, everything fell into place and the book instantly improved.

This is the same reader as "Until I Find You", which I had judged to be an interminable mess. Could it be that the earlier book was better than I originally thought? Well no, but a good reader can often improve the experience of reading a book. This one, who has a perfectly pleasant tone, has no ear for voices, particularly the women. In a dialogue-rich book like this one, it was very distracting and ultimately diminished my enjoyment of a very good novel.

I'd rate the book itself 4 stars and the performance 1 star.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Michael V.
  • 14/11/2009

Thoroughly enjoyed this book

I thoroughly enjoy this book and it's Garpish characters. I have to agree that I wasn't thrilled with the narrator who had a hard time with voices but the book its self was outstanding. I think it gives a insight to how the writer goes about putting a book together. Well done.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Kristi Warriner
  • 16/12/2009

Not Plausible

Having just listened to A Prayer for Owen Meany, I saved my credit for a month to download the 2 credit Last Night In Twisted River. So many plot points in this novel are just not plausible. The central plot development is ridiculous. There are several points where characters finally act or react to an event that happened fifty or sixty years in the past. These characters have got to be the slowest in the history of literature.
Rather than the taut writing of Owen Meany, Night in Twisted River is pedantic, lengthy and dull.
If all that weren't disappointing enough, the narration in this book is just awful. The narrator makes children and women sound like they are being read by kids who taunt other kids on the playground.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • P. Bergh
  • 19/01/2010

A good long ramble

While I wouldn't rate this as one of Irving's best books, it's a good, long book that keeps your attention throughout. The reader is excellent, the locales interesting, and storyline well thoughtout.

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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • jenjenny
  • 27/11/2009

Very slow!

I love John Irving, I really do but this book is terribly slow. I know if I could get through to the end I will be glad, but I simply cannot listen to another moment.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Warren
  • 13/12/2010

A Tougher Test For Irving Readers

You have to wonder what Mr. Irving thinks of his readers. Does he actively seek to weed out the casual, detached fiction reader? Where in works like "Son of the Circus" and "Until I Find You" he intricately weaves parallel and oft intersecting story lines, in Twisted River he weaves past and current events. Jumping from the present to the past and frequently to all points in between, he demands that his reader pay close attention and keep ever watchful of the bigger, evolving picture.

I am probably not among Mr. Irving's target audience. I found the book a difficult read (re-reading passages 5 and 6 times). Nonetheless, I have rated the book 5 stars mostly because of my admiration of Mr. Irving's skill. Still, I wonder if there was an assertive editor involved in the publishing of the book, and, if so, what was the nature of the dialog that transpired between Irving and editor. My suspicion is that the will of a top selling writer trumps the wisdom of a careful editor.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • John Daly
  • 07/01/2010

It worked for me...

Yes, the underlying plot line was completely ludicrous. Given the facts of events that occurred that fateful night in Twisted River there was no reason for folks to leave town. But I got beyond that and accepted the premise.

Yes, there was a repeat of the much earlier John Irving "sex in the car" scenario, but I forgave this duplication.

I even disregarded the author's political views being forced on both the characters and the listener.

And once I got beyond all that, I though the book was great, and I highly recommend it. Not Irving's best in my opinion, but a recommended read. But then again, I think "Until I Find You" is one of Irving's best but Audible listeners seem to think otherwise.

And despite what seems to be unanimous dislike for the narrator, I thought he did a great job!


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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Ken
  • 10/11/2009

Classic Irving...better narrator, please!

This is classic John Irving, better than Until I Find You. The narrator was poor with little attempt (or ability) to give voices to different characters. I'm surprised Audible didn't even list this as a new release, much less a featured new release. I found it by searching John Irving as an author.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Joseph
  • 13/02/2018

Irving at his Near Best

Only Cider House Rules and Owen Meany rate higher on my Irving index. The plot line is in many ways fantastical, but holds together with Irving's strong control of irony and fate in our daily lives.
I also believe that Ketchum is his best character, and is so vividly drawn, and so well represented audibly, that he alone is worth the price of admission.
Sometimes angels truly do fall into our lives.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • John
  • 07/06/2010

Great Story Line

I enjoyed this book, even though the characters are exaggerated. The story is a good solid story. The author does a nice job, and makes me look forward to reading more of his books. It seems like he leaves a part of himself in this book. I recommend you give it a try.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • semperula
  • 21/03/2010

genial

dieses Buch funktioniert ausgesprochen gut als Hoerbuch und der Sprecher bringt die Geschichte und die Charaktere zum Leben. John Irving ist manchmal ausschweifend, fast langatmig, aber genau das finde ich bei einem Hoerbuch, wo man (ich zumindest) nicht mal eben drei Saetze, oder drei Absaetze, drei Seiten, zureck geht, um Verpasstes noch mal zu hoeren, eher vorteilhaft ;-). Ich habs genossen!

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • BikerJoe
  • 30/03/2015

A Great Lumberjack and a lot of Navel Gazing

I really struggled with this book and it is very hard to give a fair review. Extremely great story telling is mixed with tiresome rambling on the challenges of writing and self-reflection. John Irving is one of my most favorite authors and I might be overly critical now, but this is not one of his best books.

The story itself is bizarre, but has the right measure of reality to it. Dominic Baciagalupo, a crippled camp cook in the logging community Twisted River and his son Danny have to run and hide, because of the accidental death of an Indian dishwasher. They leave their live long friend Ketchum behind to whom Dominic is tied by a mysterious bond. While Danny grows up to become a successful writer, father and son continue to keep moving until they finally end up in Canada. All these years they stay in close contact with Ketchum and he is somehow the center of gravity in their lives.

What I really like about the book are the great characters and the colorful mosaic of little stories, which finally blends into the big picture. The 3 major characters are:

Ketchum, this incredibly rough and straight forward macho of a man, who loves the logging work, enjoys hunting and the simple live in the woods, learns to read at old age, because he has a passion for books. While appearing simple and a bar-brawler, he knows more about life, loyalty and love than the rest. In my eyes, he is the real hero of the story.

Dominic, who never got over the death of his first wife, has just one goal in his life, he wants to protect his son. He appears to be a softhearted and somewhat tragic figure, but that makes him probably a very likeable man, especially to a lot of women.

Danny, Dominic's son, is obsessed with writing and probably too self-centered to really fall in love with a woman. He goes through a myriad of relationships, but only on or two leave a permanent mark on him. The only real love he shows, is the love to his only child.

The part I did not like about the book, is the author's endless rambling about writing itself. You have to endure lengthy explanations, how and why Danny changes events of his life and makes them part of his books. The books and the content of these books become an additional layer in the story, but it does not really add value to it. Without that, the story would be half as long, but perhaps twice as good.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Juergen Siegel
  • Wassertrüdingen, Bayern
  • 22/06/2010

Ein guter Irving (aber nicht sein bestes Buch)!

John Irving ist und bleibt mein Lieblingsautor, somit ist diese Rezension sicher nicht objektiv. 'Last Night in Twisted River' ist eindeutig nicht sein bestes Buch (Das bleibt für mich 'Widow for One Year'), aber es ist immer noch ein echter John Irving: ausschwiefend erzählt, mit unzähligen Aha-Momenten für Kenner seines Gesamtwerkes, stellenweise unglaublich komisch, absurd und witzig, aber auch nachdenklich mit melancholischen und traurigen Momenten. Ganz wie das Leben eben. Toll vorgetragen von Arthur Morey. Empfehlung!

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • noga
  • 07/09/2015

Enjoyable

Partially deceiving for an author like John Irving, still overall enjoyable, No masterpiece though.
PS: The fairy tale end feels like displaced.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Christiane Brenner
  • München, Deutschland
  • 18/01/2012

Nicht Irving's bester Roman ...

... aber doch ein großes Buch. Typische Irving Motive (Verlust eines Kindes, Menschen in Bärengestalt und zwei Hauptfiguren, die von Ort zu Ort ziehen) und ziemlich bizarre aber doch lebendige Charaktere. Was etwas nervt, ist die permanente Altersarithmetik - ständig wird errechnet, wer wann wie alt ist und in welchem Verhältnis sein/ihr Alter zu dem anderer Figuren steht. Ganz toll gelesen!

  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Jette
  • Deutschland
  • 30/03/2011

enttäuschend

Meiner Meinung nach ist "Last Night in Twisted River" definitiv Irvings schlechtestes Buch. Ausschweifend, ziellos, langatmig. Ich hab bis zum Schluss nicht verstanden, was mir der Autor mit dieser Erzählung eigentlich sagen will. Die kurzen spannenden und gut erzählten Passagen machen da auch nichts mehr wett. Ich bin Irving-Fan, aber das hier war nix...

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