Posts Tagged ‘550-599 pages’

44. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” JK Rowling

July 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Yes, again. I have needed some escapist reading lately and Harry Potter never disappoints.

Page count: 552
Page total: 11,477
LOC Call number: YA FIC Rowling


38. “Angels and Demons,” Dan Brown

June 6, 2009 Leave a comment

Better than “The Da Vinci Code.”

Page count: 573
Page total: 18,087

13. “The Cider House Rules”, John Irving

January 14, 2009 Leave a comment

This last half of the book starts hitting it hard with the pro-abortion access rhetoric which is… really compelling. Basically, Homer and Larch agree that the “products of conception” represents a life, but Larch insists that you can make an orphan or you can make an abortion and that no one has the right to force a person in to a situation where they feel they need to seek out illegal or dangerous abortion. Homer says towards the end that he agrees that abortions should be legal, just that he never wants to perform one. Larch tells him to get his head out of his ass– it’s all the L-rd’s work to Larch.

See my previous post for more thoughts.

Page count: 552
Page total: 11,292

“The Cider House Rules”, John Irving

January 7, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m working on “The Cider House Rules” right now. I read it once before, more than three years ago. I don’t remember liking it as much then as I do now. I only read “The World According to Garp” last year, but it was one of those books that has the effect of a sucker punch. Since reading it, I have read a number of John Irving books; he is one of my favourite contemporary American authors.

“The Cider House Rules”, as the other Irving books I have read, is very sensitively written. Irving often takes detours into his character’s lives or thoughts. I would not say that he meanders, as his asides are substantial and well-plotted. They create wonderfully round characters that a person cannot help but feel for. His heros are generally quite flawed, often New England orphans, and incredibly likable, even as they do bad things.

In “The Cider House Rules”, one of the main characters is Dr. Wilbur Larch, an obstetrician and abortionist who runs an orphanage in a small, depressing, damned Maine town. Here’s an excellent description of him, from The L-rd’s Work:

Later, when [Dr. Larch] would have occasion to doubt himself, he would force himself to remember: he had slept with someone’s mother and dressed himself in the light of her daughter’s cigar. He could quite comfortably abstain from from having sex for the rest of his life, but how could he ever condemn another person for having sex? He would remember, too, what he hadn’t done for Mrs. Eames’s daughter, and what that had cost.
He would deliver babies. He would deliver mothers, too.