REVIEW ☆ The Hotel New Hampshire

SUMMARY The Hotel New Hampshire

REVIEW ☆ The Hotel New Hampshire Ô ➚ [KINDLE] ❄ The Hotel New Hampshire By John Irving ➤ – Horticulturetrader.co.uk The first of my father's illusions was that bears could survive the life lived by human beings and the second was that human beings could survive a life lived in hotels So says John Berry son of a hap TheNers friends of Freud the animal trainer and vaudevillian that is and playthings of mad fate they dream on in a funny sad outrageous and moving novel by the remarkable author of A Widow for One Year and The Cider House Rul. There's something a tad demented about this one I'll pass

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Pless dreamer brother to a cadre of eccentric siblings and chronicler of the lives lived the loves experienced the deaths met and the myriad strange and wonderful times encountered by the family Berry Hoteliers pet bear ow. “It is hard work and great art to make life not so serious”If you have read John Irving before you know his work is bizarre too tidy usually and not realistic and if you can get over that aspect then you have a chance of enjoying his work He is hit or miss for me I have read a couple of his I enjoyed and a few I have loathed I have noticed that those I dislike are ones he has written in the last 20 years“The Hotel New Hampshire” has all the usual Irving characteristics; a story that takes place over many years a sprawling cast list some ridiculous plot contrivances a little too much familial love for my tastes a homoerotic fixation with male physiues and oddball characters And in this text I was okay with thatI cannot really tell you why I liked this book but I did It took me about 50 60 pages to get into it and invest a little but I did and then I was in I am not sure I can pinpoint a thematic significance to the text; it was just a family saga And that is a significant thing to write about For most of us that is the stuff our daily lives are made of As one character says of the details of daily life “Thus we invent our lives”“The Hotel New Hampshire” follows the Berry family from the initial meeting of the parents at a resort in Maine thru the middle age of the surviving offspring of the marriage that springs from that summer fling in Maine I have been told this text has a lot in common with “The World According to Garp” which I have not read The second son in the family is our narrator John Berry seems rather unflinching in his evaluations of himself and those he loves It is somewhat refreshing to read a novel whose narrator I don’t think has an agenda The plot is sprawling we go from New England to Maine to Austria to NYC and back to Maine It is uite a tripThe book is a mix of some really lovely writing and some fun storytelling elements and sometimes the two elements even mix together I have not said a lot that is important about this text It is a good read and a uniue story There are not many people writing like this and this novel from 1981 is one of the better pieces of John Irving’s that I have read

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The Hotel New HampshireThe first of my father's illusions was that bears could survive the life lived by human beings and the second The Hotel MOBI #10003 was that human beings could survive a life lived in hotels So says John Berry son of a ha. If you haven't read Irving yet I think you should give him a try This novel isn't one of his big three but it's damn goodFirst off most Irving novels have some general characteristics They typically have a Dickensian plot in which you follow the characters through large portions of their lives The breadth of the novel typically goes through one generational span but often you'll get at least a few beginning chapters detailing the lives of the protagonist's parents or grandparents as well Irving writes of these lives through story telling He wants his readers to really get to know his characters I've never read an Irving novel that didn't have in my judgment superb character development Characters from Irving novels I read years ago still leap out at me; I still feel they are real and that I know them I have a love for them Irving rarely describes the internalized thoughts and emotions of his characters Instead he gives the reader insight into their personalities through their reactions styles comments loves hates interactions and all around preferences He can do this because his descriptions and stories are very detailed and tend to be true to the universal life experiences we've all had in dealing with and observing people Irving lets these personalities play themselves out and trusts that the reader will come to understand the inner core of the character as that character continues to get revealed These characters are often wacky but in a likeable way They make you laugh Yet his protagonists are typically men who are easily relatable flawed but likable Typically the strong hero esue roles are filled by women with strong personalities but not always When Irving's host of motley characters interact ironic tragic comical over the top bizarre things happen It doesn't seem far fetched at the time at least not to an Irving fan because the characters are still believable and the events that take place are simply extensions of their uirky personalities Weird fates usually happen to weird people right It'd be weird if that weren't the case but now we're just playing word games There are a number of common themes that run through his novels New England Vienna bears prostitution absent parents the death of main characters wrestling sexual deviances to name a few Irving pushes the boundaries of ridiculousness The reader needs to have an appreciation for the absurd and develop a level of trust with the author because just about anything can happen Likewise having a trace of megalomania within certainly doesn't hurt; especially when at the end of the novel you find that some characters have become rock stars famous writers hollywood actorsactresses etc Or perhaps they die or have something happen to a sex organ or you get it right And lastly John Irving novels deal with important subject matters abortion faith rape fidelity sexuality war the list goes on When writing of this novel another reviewer wrote this “Once the novel jumps the shark you realize Irving has all along been cruel and insensitive on every page of the book – on the subject of rape on the idea of sibling sexual attraction on the adoption of feminist concept on political dissent on prostitution and on the lives of little people” I couldn’t disagree Irving is very even handed and sensitive when it comes to these topics He in fact deals with them so humanly delicately and skillfully that he's able to use dark humor as a way of comforting the reader Trust me he never downplays important subject matters; he treats them the way great authors do with consideration compassion and heartAnd that brings me to the big issue that it's in this novel which is rape There's an early chapter that details a gang rape and it's one of the most disturbing soul wrenching chapters I've ever read in my life; hands down The effects of rape recur throughout the novel It doesn't just effect the victim but the families and friends of the victim as well and all in different ways In The Cider House Rules Irving personalized abortion for me; giving me a sick feeling in the gut when faced with the accounts of women who had to make that difficult choice before it was legal In The Hotel New Hampshire Irving personalized the horror of rape in the same soul shaking waySome believe this book is too wacky and unbelievable even for Irving Wild love triangles incestual romantic love two bears a jewish performer named Freud living in hotels characters going blind radicals screwed up taxidermy dwarfs lots of prostitutes As said earlier for me most of the odd misadventures involved are not unrealistic but rather natural manifestations of the novels' uirky but realistic characters All the wild things that happen keep it entertaining But some of the scenes do seem out of place; like they were thrown into the larger story in an unnatural fashion The only other small ualm I have is that Irving overdoes the storytelling from time to time When he artfully and heartfully gets into stories that relate to the novels' general themes the novel wins But when the novel gets bogged down in detailed accounts of irrelevant side stories it loses This novel could have been 50 to 75 pages shorter and probably better for itI only bring these two issues up to explain why I didn't give this novel five stars despite my strong reaction to it and despite my love for it It's still a damn good book and you should still read it; or at least pick up an Irving novel if you haven't I'll tell you for a third and fourth time if I have to It was the end of the summer of 1964; I hadn't been in the United States since 1957 and I knew less about my country than some of the Viennese students knew I also knew less about Vienna than any of them I knew about my family I knew about our whores and our radicals; I was an expert on The Hotel New Hampshire and an amateur at everything elseUltimately this novel is about acceptance and valuing the time you have on earth with those worthy of your love It's special how Irving makes this novel work; like an almost magical piece of artwork everything comes together to make a beautiful whole