• Last Night in Twisted River

  • A Novel
  • Autor: John Irving
  • Sprecher: Arthur Morey
  • Spieldauer: 24 Std. und 28 Min.
  • Ungekürztes Hörbuch
  • Erscheinungsdatum: 27.10.2009
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Anbieter: Random House Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4,2 (64 Bewertungen)


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
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“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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5 out of 5 stars
Von semperula Am hilfreichsten 21.03.2010


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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3 out of 5 stars
Von BikerJoe Am hilfreichsten 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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