The Hotel New Hampshire

The Hotel New Hampshire

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"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 led in hotels."
So says John Berry, son of a hapless 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 owners, 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 Son of the Circus and A Prayer for Owen Meany.
"Like Garp, [THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE] is a startlingly original family saga that combines macabre humor with Dickensian sentiment and outrage at cruelty, dogmatism and injustice."
--Time
"Rejoice! John Irving has written another book according to your world....You must read this book."
--Los Angeles Times
"Spellbinding...Intensely human...A high-wire act of dazzling virtuosity."
--Cosmopolitan
'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 led in hotels.' So says John Berry, son of a hapless 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 owners, 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 Son of the Circus and A Prayer for Owen Meany. 'Like Garp, [THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE] is a startlingly original family saga that combines macabre humor with Dickensian sentiment and outrage at cruelty, dogmatism and injustice.' --Time 'Rejoice! John Irving has written another book according to your world....You must read this book.' --Los Angeles Times 'Spellbinding...Intensely human...A high-wire act of dazzling virtuosity.' --Cosmopolitan

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [1995]
Copyright Date: ©1981
ISBN: 9780345400475
034540047X
Branch Call Number: FIC Irving, J 1995
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 18 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.5 28.0 121262

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JAGILES
Aug 19, 2015

A classic ! John Irving has such a wealth of characters whose names I can still remember after more than 20 years. His imagination has no limits and even the most bizarre situations are pretty credible. I love this man.

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sparker1119
Jun 22, 2015

What a great story. Love the characters.

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ZombieGoast
Jun 18, 2011

A good story and cast of characters brought together by one talented author in John Irving. Sex, violence, and bears? This one is a personal classic.

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ScorchingSun
Nov 22, 2009

Poignant and bittersweet. Characters that you want to embrace. Too bad the movie version was a disappointment.

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