Thursday, December 10, 2009

Last Night in Twisted River

Loss. I didn’t appreciate how much I missed reading a John Irving novel until I plunged into his latest, Last Night in Twisted River. Sweeping back and forth across northeastern landscapes and decades in time, a multi-generational cast of characters deal with loss and extend the reach of love across the miles and years. In a delightfully quirky way, part of the voice of the novel is a writer constructing the way to best tell the story, ending up with the first sentence. What Irving does so well is construct: he writes careful, beautiful sentences; he builds a character level by level until a reader feels the depth; and he delights and surprises us with the way the plot unfolds. Irving is one of the finest architects of finely written, accessible fiction. Last Night in Twisted River is a worthy addition to a formidable oeuvre. Any reader looking for hours of reading pleasure that will immerse you into the lives of interesting people will likely enjoy Last Night in Twisted River.

Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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