The Cider House Rules – John Irving

Cider“Goodnight you princes of Maine, you kings of New England.”  I love that quote from this book which refers to the boys in an orphanage at St. Clouds.  The story is about one of the orphans, Homer Wells, who is never adopted, and the doctor who grows to love him as a son.  Dr. Larch works at St. Clouds as an obstetrician and abortionist.  As Homer grows up, and away from Dr. Larch, he also grows away from the doctor’s views. When Homer returns to St. Clouds to take up where Larch left off, as an orphan he is still ambivalent about abortion, but comes to believe that women have the right to choose as he delivers babies and as well as women from unwanted pregnancies.

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2 thoughts on “The Cider House Rules – John Irving

  1. I loved this book and found myself on both sides of the fence emotionally. One side was Dr. Larch, the other Homer. It’s not easy to see both sides of this ‘dilemma’ but I’m glad Irving was able to make both of them sympathetic regardless of which side of the abortion issue you are on. I thought this was an incredibly poignant and lovely book.

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    1. Me too. That’s one of the things I liked the best about this book was that Irving was able to argue both sides of the issue effectively. I’m pro-choice but I couldn’t help but feel for Homer. As an orphan, given up for adoption, he’d be grateful at the opportunity for life.

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