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More on that in a minute. The Hotel New Hampshire is a fantastically-written book. The level of emotional detail is stunning. It's heartbreaking and thought-provoking and all those other back-cover blurbs.

But the thing that impacted me the most was not to my liking. That is the aforementioned incest. And, unfortunately, that is what I feel will stay with me the longest. But why is that? Let's talk about it. Why should I care what grown people do in the privacy of their own bedrooms? I don't agree with abortion, but I understand that's not my fucking place to speak.

At the end of the day, how I feel about abortion does not matter. For one, I'm a man. I'll never have to put my body through a pregnancy. Secondly, I feel that abortion is a far better option than a child being raised by people who do not want it, or being raised in the system, or being raised in any other toxic environment.

Thirdly, it's none of my business what other people do with their own bodies. Is that the same thing as the first reason? Probably, but I feel it bears repeating. Fuck if I know. This discussion is too multi-layered for my pea-brain to tackle, so I'm taking the abortion-stance route. As long as it doesn't affect me, do whatever the fuck you want. Prolly best if you keep that shit on the DL though, just sayin.

With or without the incest, this is a great read. I never once wanted to put it down. Due to that alone, I feel that I cannot award it any less than four stars. The only reason I'm giving it four instead of five is because I was disturbed, to my core, by John and Franny's relationship. I enjoyed nothing about it.

Irving went too far, I feel, but all good literature does. I simply can't say it was a perfect read when I was dreading whole sections. Even as I type this I'm flip-flopping. But I think I'll stick with four stars. I honestly want to give it five, but I know the family-play will put some people off as much as it put me off. Yeah, okay, whatever, four stars. Okay, for today it's four stars. Who the fuck knows. In summation: A four-star read in a five-star package.

The Hotel New Hampshire is wonderfully written and affecting.

If you can handle sex between siblings, give it a try. It's not the entire plot, but it does take up much of the last fourth of the book.

Final Judgment: I can honestly say this is the best book with an incestuous relationship that I've read. View all 22 comments. May 07, Dave rated it it was amazing.

Thus we invent our lives. We give ourselves a sainted mother, we make our father a hero; and someone's older brother, and someone's older sister - they become our heroes, too. We invent what we love, and what we fear. There is always a brave, lost brother - and a little lost sister, too. We dream on and on; the best hotel, the perfect family, the resort life. And our dreams escape us almost as vividly as we can imagine them.

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I "So we dream on. I can't remember anymore. Each time, I get a few lines into it, and realize I'm falling terribly short of what I really want to say. This novel broke my heart.

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It is beautiful and lyrical and warm and funny and it broke my fucking heart, with each and every paragraph, every word.

That's really all I can say about it. Read it. View all 4 comments. 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. And in this text, I was okay with that.

I cannot really tell you why I liked this book, but I did. It took me about 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. 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 quite a trip. The 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 unique story. Apr 19, Lawyer rated it really liked it Shelves: The Hotel New Hampshire: We are an odd pair, I suppose. He is I am But through the years we have known one another we have become best friends.

We frequently exchange books the other has not read. It is safe to say that Howard is fond of literature that some might find "quirky. That which is quirky can be quite fascinating. Howard can also be subject to a touch of hyperbole. So when he handed me his copy of The Hotel New Hampshire , declaring it the finest book written in the English language, I graciously accepted it, not revealing the grain of salt I reserved for his high accolade.

While I would not proclaim "The Hotel New Hampshire" the finest book written in the English language, it is a book I came to love with the passage of each page. Oh, there's no question about it.

The school doesn't quite make the top tier of preparatory schools in New England, but it serves its purpose for the wealthy whose children don't fall into the top tier of students that attend the top tier schools.

It comes, then, rather a surprise that Iowa Bob's son, Win,is Harvard material. The problem is, that although he has been accepted to attend it's going to take hard work to earn the money to afford the tuition.

Now,Dairy Prep is an all boys' school. It comes as no surprise that Win's girl of his dreams is unknown to him although they live in the same town.

However, after graduation, the two nineteen year olds spend their summer working at Arbuthnot by the Sea, a resort in Maine. Nor does it come as a surprise that the two fall in love over that wondrous summer. There is definitely a fairy tale quality to the courtship of Win Berry and Mary Bates, the daughter of a very scholarly family.

Another employee at Arbuthnot is Freud, not Sigmund, of course, but Freud a mechanic, who entertains the guests with the antics of pet bear, "State O' Maine" who rides a Indian Motorcycle.

At the end of summer, , Freud announces he's returning to his home in Vienna, not a wise thing to do. Win makes good on the first promise quickly.

Win and Mary begin to be fruitful between the entertainment seasons during which Win is earning his tuition at various resorts with the use of the Indian and the Bear. However, he returns safely, graduates from Harvard and takes a teaching position at Dairy, now a coed facility.

John, the middle child, narrates the novel in first person. Win quickly becomes dissatisfied with his teaching position. He downloads the now vacant female seminary to convert it to a hotel as there is no other in Dairy.

I've mentioned that Irving's novel has a fairy tale quality to it. It's necessary to remember that there are the lighter tales of Hans Christian Anderson and there is the darker side of the genre by the Brothers Grimm.

As the story of the Berry clan proceeds, it is evident that Irving has chosen to follow the Grimm route. Frank is gay. He is targeted for humiliation by the backfield of the Dairy football team, quarterbacked by Chip Dove. The same backfield rapes Franny. She refuses to report that she has been raped, but minimizes the attack by saying she had been beaten up. Lilly has a rare disorder which prevents her from growing.

Egg is practically deaf following a series of ear infections. Win receives an offer to sell the Hotel. And who should appear to offer the Berry family a change of scenery but Freud, now the owner of a hotel in Vienna, Austria. Win is his pick to help improve his gasthaus to the level of a fine hotel. Freud could use the help. It's an odd establishment. One floor is occupied by prostitutes, who may ply their trade legally in Vienna. Another floor is occupied by a group of radicals, despising the old order and anything smacking of tradition.

Win has his work cut out for him. Freud has obtained a smarter bear, Susie. She's considerably smarter than State O' Maine. She happens to be a young woman who does a divine impression of a bear, not only serving as an entertainer, but a body guard for the ladies of the evening upstairs. And, oh, yes, Susie was the victim of sexual assault as well.

She considers herself ugly, and is content to hide behind the bear suit. The radicals upstairs are a dangerous group. They plan to set off an automobile bomb which will cause a sympathetic bomb under the stage of the Vienna Opera House on the premiere night of the fall season. I leave it to the reader to discern whether the attempt is successful,or not, and who lives and who dies.

Lilly has written a best seller "Trying to Grow. As Irving tells us, sorrow, love, and doom float through each of our lives. It's how we each handle those unavoidable currents that determine the satisfaction of our lives. Iowa Bob, training John Harvard to be a weight lifter, put him on a strict regimen of exercise. Keep passing those open windows. Some dreams become wishes which are fulfilled. Some are not. Just persevere. I have read a number of reviews of "The Hotel New Hampshire.

Those unfavorable reviews note the dysfunctional nature of the Berry family. Similar reviews find Irving's emphasis on sexual assault unnerving.

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While I've noted Irving's fairy tale nature of storytelling in this novel, life isn't a fairy tale. The events described in Irving's novel happen all too frequently.

As a bit of a post script, I have to say Irving did his research on the dynamics of sexual assault and its effects on survivors. Yes, sorrow also floats. View all 11 comments.

Oct 25, Rob rated it really liked it. One of my most revelatory professional discoveries is also stupidly simple. Reading is a selfish venture. It is. Of course it is. I was reminded of the selfishness of the reading enterprise as I made my way through John One of my most revelatory professional discoveries is also stupidly simple. We certainly do this when we read for pleasure, but even professional reading is done for specific personal reasons. School is the only place where people are regularly called on to read for external reasons over which they have no control.

They want to score well on the quiz, write the paper, contribute to the discussion — and the parameters for success on all those activities are probably set by the teacher. In my experience, students are rarely encouraged to read for their own purposes, which is a direct contradiction of the way people read in the world outside of and beyond school. And so it was for me with The Hotel New Hampshire.

As a side note, this is, of course, where the Common Core State Standards get reading completely wrong. By focusing completely on providing textual evidence for whatever superficial task the teacher has mandated, student choice is eliminated completely. It details the exploits of the Berry family — mainly father Win and his children Frank, Franny, John who narrates the book , and Lily — and the three hotels they own in New Hampshire, Vienna, and Maine over the course of twentyish years.

And yet. The treatment of women in our culture has been on my mind lately due to the recent video of the woman being sexually harassed on the streets of New York and the misogynist cowards behind Gamergate and the threats levied against critic Anita Sarkeesian and the necessity of YesAllWomen.

So I was already sensitive to this subject, and I felt anything but optimistic about the direction in which I saw Irving heading. It seems spectacularly foolhardy to think a man has anything worth saying about rape, but to make it one of the key events of a novel had all the makings of a Hindenburg-style disaster. Because of the way I was already attuned to the issue, I was perhaps more prepared to trace its development than any of the other problems Irving presents us with.

It gives them a kind of support. It is just infuriating to argue with someone like that; because of an experience that has denied them their humanity, they go around denying another kind of humanity in others, which is the truth of human variety — it stands alongside our sameness.

Probably not. The Hotel New Hampshire is so rich that it invites these kind of readings, and to reduce it, as I sort of have, to a book only about rape, is to do it a disservice. The strongest thing working in its favor is that I could read it multiple times and see an entirely different story each time.

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The Hotel New Hampshire

This is one of my favorite books of all time, and is-for what it's worth-my favorite John Irving book in a world where everyone else picks The World According to Garp. It's the perfect blend of sad and sweet and strange, a combination that is quite difficult to pull off.

Irving himself doesn't always manage that trifecta successfully in his other works. The story is about the travails and boy, are there travails of the Berry family of New Hampshire, in running the titular hotel and what follow This is one of my favorite books of all time, and is-for what it's worth-my favorite John Irving book in a world where everyone else picks The World According to Garp.

For her trouble, another of the radicals murders her. Back at the hotel, John and the rest of the family are caught up in the radicals' plan to blow up the Vienna State Opera with a car bomb.

The blind Freud, to spare the family, volunteers to drive with one of the radicals. As he leaves, the Berrys attack the remaining radicals and Freud detonates the bomb right outside the hotel. Ernst is killed and Win is blinded in the explosion. Hailed as heroes by the Austrians, the Berry family decides to return home. Lilly's novel is published and the interest in the Berry's story leads to a biopic, written by Lilly and starring Franny as herself.

They lure him to their hotel suite and take their revenge upon him, until Franny calls it off. Meanwhile, John's love for Franny has not abated. She finally calls him over to her room and, in hopes of getting him over it once and for all, has sex with him for almost a day.So far this is the weakest John Irving book I have read.

Showing Irving you really tried my patience with this one, I shall Well He is also the most comical of them all, though it is unintentional. I have a love for them.

It doesn't just effect the victim, but the families and friends of the victim, as well, and all in different ways. I am a big fan of John Irving.