Books at the Box Office: Cider House Rules

A lot of the books/movies I’ve talked about so far, if not most of them, have been books where I’ve read the book AND seen the movie, or one of the above, but with today’s book, Cider House Rules, I haven’t read the book OR seen the movie.Oops. I’ll try and remedy that..eventually. But that doesn’t mean I can’t feature it and ask your all’s opinions.

From Amazon: 

An American classic first published in 1985 by William Morrow and adapted into an Academy Award-winning film, The Cider House Rules is among John Irving’s most beloved novels. Set in rural Maine in the first half of the twentieth century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch—saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud’s, ether addict and abortionist. It is also the story of Dr. Larch’s favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted.

I’ve heard this is a semi-modenr classic. The amazon blurb has a quote from JOSEPH FUCKING HELLER praising it, so like…cool. Also, it’s 612 pages if you enjoy LONG books.

Now, onto the movie:

The movie came out in 1999, and John Irving did the screenplay, which makes me feel good.I love when authors are THAT involved–makes me trust the film, ya know?

It’s also got a pretty intense cast: Charlize Theron, Tobey Maguire, Paul Rudd, Michael Caine, etc. Plus,it won two Oscars–one for Irving and screenplay and one for Caine in a supporting role. It was also nominated for Best Picture, though it lost to American Beauty, which I’ve also never stream.

You can stream Cider House Rules on Hulu!


2 responses to “Books at the Box Office: Cider House Rules”

  1. Davida Chazan Avatar

    This is one of the few times where I loved the book AND the movie equally. And you know, I didn’t realize how long the book was… it just flew by for me. This and his A Prayer for Owen Meany were my favorites, but after that… he got more and more obtuse and with tangents that never seemed to get back to the story line, and more and more bloated, so I just gave up reading his novels. Oh well…


  2. onebusybeeent Avatar

    I just read the book this year and watched the movie for the first time many years ago. I rewatched it after reading the book and I enjoyed the book so much more. Like majority of movies based on books, a lot of detail is left out and characters too! The order is wrong and even saying throughout the book were missing. Read the book but don’t expect the movie to match.

    Charlize Theron is fantastic as always. I completely forgot Heavy D was in the movie too! Happy reading!


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