Download PDF by John Irving: The Cider House Rules: A Novel (Modern Library)

By John Irving

ISBN-10: 0679603352

ISBN-13: 9780679603351

First released in 1985, The Cider apartment principles is John Irving's 6th novel. Set in rural Maine within the first half this century, it tells the tale of Dr. Wilbur Larch--saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage within the city of St. Cloud's, ether addict and abortionist. it's also the tale of Dr. Larch's favourite orphan, Homer Wells, who's by no means followed.

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Homer was worried what Dr. Larch would say to him, but he realized that the woman was more worried than he was—the woman didn't know Dr. Larch; she had no idea what sort of place St. Cloud's was. More lights were turned on inside, and Homer recognized the divine shape of Nurse Angela coming to {37} open the door. For some reason, he reached out arid took the pregnant woman's hand. Maybe it was the tear frozen to her face that the new light had allowed him to see, but he wanted a hand to hold himself.

The weather, the sawdust, the scarred, bruised bank of the river (where the big log drives, jamming, had gouged out a raw, new shore), and the buildings themselves: the mill with its broken windows with no screens; the whore hotel with its dance hall downstairs and the bingo-for-money room overlooking the rough river; the few private homes, log-cabin style, and the church, which was Catholic, for the French Canadians, and which looked too clean and unused to belong to St. Cloud's, where it had never been half as popular as the whores, or the dance hall, or even bingofor-money.

We have managed to make the orphanage his home, and that is the problem. If you try to give an institution of the state, or of any government, anything like the love one is meant to invest in a family—and if the institution is an orphanage and you succeed in giving it love—then you will create a monster: an orphanage that is not a way-station to a better life, but an orphanage that is the first and last stop, and the only station the orphan will accept. There is no excuse for cruelty, but—at an orphanage —perhaps we are obliged to withhold love; if you fail to withhold love at an orphanage, you will create an orphanage that no orphan will willingly leave.

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