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Other 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 frie The Hotel New Hampshire is book five in my John Irving Challenge wherein I am attempting to read all of John Irving's novels in under a year's time On with the reviewIncest is the best Oof Just typing that made my stomach flip Incest is one of my only triggers That and the death of very young children kids between zero and five their deaths just fucking wreck me man Incest just makes me feel ill It's a core reaction Not sure where the aversion stems from if it's natural or learned but yeah yuck John Irving's fifth novel was a challenging read for me It made me reevaluate how I looked at consensual incest; family members who are a over the age of consent and b horny for each other My final opinion on it hasn't changed but it did make me consider what my stance on the subject should be on a moral level And my conclusion is I will treat it like I treat the topic of abortion 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 itWhy 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 So other than it being illegal is incest wrong if it is between two consenting adults who shivers want each other sexually? 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 sayinWith 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 sectionsEven 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 MaybeOkay for today it's four stars Tomorrow? Who the fuck knowsIn 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

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The Hotel New HampshireNds 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 Rules The Hotel New Hampshire John Irving's Fairy Tale of Life A dream is fulfillment of a wish The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund FreudOne of the benefits of having your favorite professor of psychology as your next door neighbor is learning that he is a very widely read man We are an odd pair I suppose He is 76 I am 59 But through the years we have known one another we have become best friends We freuently exchange books the other has not readIt is safe to say that Howard is fond of literature that some might find uirky That's fine with me That which is uirky can be uite 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 accoladeWhile 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 uirky? Oh there's no uestion about it Iowa Bob Berry is the football coach of Dairy Prep School in Dairy New Hampshire The school doesn't uite 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 Winis 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 tuitionNowDairy 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 summerThere is definitely a fairy tale uality 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 1937 Indian Motorcycle At the end of summer 1939 Freud announces he's returning to his home in Vienna not a wise thing to do He sells the motorcycle and the bear to Win for 20000 for Win's promises he marry Mary attend Harvard and one day will apologize to Mary for an event Freud does not revealWin makes good on the first promise uickly 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 World War II puts a hitch in Win's enrollment at Harvard However he returns safely graduates from Harvard and takes a teaching position at Dairy now a coed facilityThe Berry children are Frank Franny John Harvard Lilly and the youngestknown as Egg John the middle child narrates the novel in first person Win uickly becomes dissatisfied with his teaching position He buys the now vacant female seminary to convert it to a hotel as there is no other in DairyI've mentioned that Irving's novel has a fairy tale uality 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 routeFrank is gay He is targeted for humiliation by the backfield of the Dairy football team uarterbacked 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 infectionsWin 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 hotelFreud 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 Hotel New Hampshire was written and directed by Tony Richardson for the screen in 1984The 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 successfulor not and who lives and who dies The Vienna Opera HouseThe Berry family return to the United States Lilly has written a best seller Trying to Grow This deus ex machina allows the Berrys to live a comfortable life though all of life's normal travails continue to follow them through out their livesAs 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 livesIowa Bob training John Harvard to be a weight lifter put him on a strict regimen of exercise You have to be obsessed Obsessed Keep passing those open windows Having lived approaching sixty years I'd have to say you can't live just standing still Some dreams become wishes which are fulfilled Some are not Just persevereI have read a number of reviews of The Hotel New Hampshire You will certainly find its detractors here Those unfavorable reviews note the dysfunctional nature of the Berry family Similar reviews find Irving's emphasis on sexual assault unnerving 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 freuently 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

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PDF õ BOOK The Hotel New Hampshire FREE È 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 hapless dreamer brother to a cadre of eccentric siblings and chronicler of the lives lived the loves expThe 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 hapless dreamer br 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