I've finally finished The Cider House Rules by John Irving. It is a sweet coming-of-age story set in the first half of the 1900s in Maine. The characters and some of the situations are endearing but could also be so odd I would shake my head and go Huh? I don't know but perhaps this is typical Irving. Years ago I tried reading The World According to Garp but was so weirded-out that I had to shelve it again and move on to something else. I tried reading it a couple more times but just couldn't do it and ended up giving the book away. I couldn't understand all the hype, but oh well, maybe that's just me.
Anyway, I found a well worn paperback copy of Cider House Rules in a used book store and thought I would give Irving another try. Who knows, maybe there really was something there I was missing if I could just stick with it. So, yes, the book was engaging enough to keep reading and I did want to see the loose ends get tied up at the end but that pretty much wraps up my John Irving experience.