Last Night in Twisted River

by Irving, John | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
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Registered by Cheetah20 of Alt-Treptow, Berlin Germany on 8/29/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by Cheetah20 from Alt-Treptow, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, August 29, 2023
In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable’s girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-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, John Irving’s twelfth 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 fifteen, had hesitated too long”–to its elegiac final chapter.

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.”

A page-turner.

Journal Entry 2 by Cheetah20 at Büchertausch-Nachbarschaftstreff in Alt-Treptow, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, September 19, 2023

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