Last Night in Twisted River

Last Night in Twisted River

by John Irving

Arlene Almas: Ever since reading "The World According to Garp" I have been a fan of John Irving. His stories usually involve the growth of a child from birth (or sometimes before conception!) to maturity; the main character will have a large cast of supporting, and supportive, adults and friends, and beloved characters will die. "Last Night in Twisted River" is no exception: it takes Danny Baciagalupo from childhood in a backwoods logging camp in northern New Hampshire to his sixties, as a successful writer living in Canada. A lot, and I do mean a lot, happens in between - and even before, since Danny's father is a major character and we learn a great deal about his early life. There is a bit of repetition - as you read you may recognize an incident or phrase from earlier in the book, but this was not enough to spoil my pleasure in this irresistible story.
Rating: ****

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