Last Night in Twisted River (Reprint) (Paperback) product details page

Last Night in Twisted River (Reprint) (Paperback)

Zoom is not available for this image.


  • list:  price $17.00  (save 15%)

delivery service options available in cart

learn more about delivery service options

Product Information

product specification

  • Book Subgenre: General, Family + Friendship, Types of Characters, Arts + Entertainment, Conflicts + Dualities, Human Qualities + Behavior, Literary, Literary Genres + Types of Novels
  • Language: english
  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: paperback
  • Book Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres

Reviewer: Michiko Kakutani, (New York Times)

"LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER showcases all of John Irving's biggest liabilities as a writer: a tricked-up, gimmicky plot; cartoony characters; absurd contrivances; cheesy sentimentality; and a thoroughly preposterous ending. And yet, at the same time, it evolves into a deeply felt and often moving story--a story that with some diligent editing might have ranked right up there with THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP and A WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR as one of Mr. Irving's more powerful works."

Reviewer: James Polk, (Philadelphia Inquirer)

"LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER is not an autobiographical novel, at least not exactly. Instead, what the author has done is re-create landscapes familiar to him, then populate them with his wholly fictional creations moving toward wholly fictional ends. Where it all does lead is to a novel that feels a lot like life writ large, filled with the kind of unplanned accidents and haphazard moments, sudden threats and humorous asides that we can all recognize..."

Reviewer: Rene Rodriguez, (Miami Herald)

"The temptation to label LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER as a return to form is considerable....[It] abounds with melancholic humor and comic absurdity, and its themes amount to a greatest-hits recap of his 11 previous novels....[A]fter two disappointing books, Irving confirms that his knack for creating humorously bizarre and excessive, but still credible, characters remains intact....[T]his agile, sometimes tricky novel is the closest he has come to meta-fiction, with sudden shifts in points of view that give new meaning to the passage you have just read and leaps in chronology that keep crucial incidents offstage."

Reviewer: Rick Tetzeli, (Entertainment Weekly)

"[I]f you're a fan of ambitious, chaotic, plot- and character-driven storytelling, you'll love this book....Irving, defying the precepts of critics once again, has created another sprawling, sentimental, emotional tale, the kind that readers crave..."

Reviewer: Floyd Skloot, (Boston Globe)

"LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER is about the forces that shape a writer's life, that create literary sensibility and the compulsion to use writing as a way of managing life's essential chaos and randomness....It is a book that never lets you forget that it is a book, a written thing, full of commentary and repetition (and parenthetical clarifications) and foreshadowing and explanation."

Reviewer: Joanne Wilkinson, (Booklist Upfront)

"Irving's twelfth novel is full to bursting with story, character, and emotion...At once a moving portrait of a father-and-son relationship, a homage to a quintessentially American fortitude forged by treacherous work and scant wages, and a tribute to the bonds of friendship, it offers multiple, beautifully written set pieces on grief, love, food, and family." (starred review)