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The Hotel New Hampshire [French] [Hardcover]

John Irving Maurice Rambaud
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: France Loisirs (1982)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2724213971
  • ISBN-13: 978-2724213973
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VIENNA AND FREUD AND BEARS, "OH, MY" 19 Mar 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I seriously don't think that John Irving is capable of telling a bad story. There are storytellers and then there are "storytellers." Irving is in that elevated category making each reading experience a memorable one. Right off the bat, you feel familiar with Irving's trademark themes. No story is complete without either a visit from a bear, a trip to Vienna or a romp with a prostitute. All these things might sound weird but Irving makes them seem so conventional.
Irving takes dysfunction and makes it seem normal. He talks about prostitutes yet it doesn't sound seedy. He gives life to a bear and makes the reader wish that perhaps they could have a bear for a pet. He just makes "pure idiocy sound logical."
The Hotel New Hampshire is the story of the Berry family living different stages of their lives at different hotels they manage to own. The love of hotel life first manifests itself when Win Berry meets Mary Bates at the Arbuthnot-by-the-Sea in Maine during a summer job in 1939. A series of events will find the Berrys opening up their first hotel in New Hampshire where they will attempt to raise their family which includes five children, a dog named Sorrow and a bear named Earl.
This is a family led by Win Berry, a true dreamer. As Irving, or should I say Freud, says, "A dream is a disguised fulfillment of a suppressed wish." In all, the family will fulfill the father's dream by establishing three separate Hotel New Hampshires with the one in Vienna being perhaps the turning point in all their lives.
This is an amazing look at an eccentric family made considerably more normal by Irving's words. They will experience life at its fullest while sharing their own measure of sadness as different family members pass on.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By unlikely_heroine VINE VOICE
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"The Hotel New Hampshire", a novel ostensibly about a New England family who eventually relocate to Vienna, is really an extended experiment of ideas and subjects for Irving and despite the glowing reviews from others, it's not a book which really worked for me personally. Irving throws incest, homosexuality, suicide, disability, philosophy, sexual abuse etc into the mix but neither the plot nor the characters are compelling enough for it really all to hang together.

This is the story of the Berry family, relatively unsuccessful hoteliers who are less living, breathing characters who might just be related to each other, than a motley crew of individuals for Irving to hang all those ideas on and throw things at. A number of reviewers of the book note the merciless way in which youngest child Egg and the mother of the family are dispatched in a plane crash with little ceremony or resulting grief - for me, the starkest example of the book's failure to engage on any emotional level - but the truth is that all of these people could have gone down in flames and I wouldn't have much cared. Irving doesn't bother to develop his characters, and is content to gloss over the fallout from, say, that plane crash, or the gang rape one character suffers, in favour of upping the quirkiness quotient or moving on to the next "controversial" topic on his list.

Ultimately, the book can be enjoyed for the sheer audacity of Irving in his choice of subject matter, and I am giving "The Hotel New Hampshire" three stars because of what this writer tries to cover here and the verve with which he attempts the whole thing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It has plenty of faults but... 29 Dec 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For me, John Irving is a bit of a guilty pleasure. There's a lot of things wrong with his books, many of them being mentioned by a previous reviewer. He doesn't always give his characters a rounded personality (particularly in the case of the narrator, probably something borrowed from The Great Gatsby, a book mentioned a lot in Hotel New Hampshire) and some of the events are a little too bizarre and unlikely to be believable.

Despite this, I've enjoyed all the John Irving books I've read (this one, Garp and Owen Meany) the stories are ones I can get lost in and they're the sort of books I'll sit down to read for half an hour and still be reading two hours later without even realising.

If you pick at the Hotel New Hampshire, it falls apart, but it's a great read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vienna Revisited 3 Aug 1999
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I read it first in 1983 and it seems to be haunting me for almost 20 years. Every now and then I have to go back and read it again. Freud (the real Freud), Vienna and the sister's girlfriend (in a bear outfit) do not take leading roles but appear to be leading the story from the background. And so does Egg ... The final words have a life of its own and are also the most touching tribute to Gatsby's unforgettable finale. I look forward to reading it again soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hotel New Hampshire, John Irving 22 Sep 2010
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I loved this book by John Irving, he is such a great writer. The story is made up of larger than life characters (except Lily!) they are all sooo quirky and unusual, but all quite believable!The Berry family consisting of Win and his wife(who I don't think we get the name of!) There is Frank the eldest who is homosexual, there is John who is the narrator of the story,there is Franny, who John is in love with (just a little incest to throw into the mix!!) Lily is next and Lily just can't grow! she is tiny and has a talent for writting, and last but not least is Egg the youngest of the Berry family, who spends his time in his own little world and can't hear what is being said to him! Priceless the lot of them a very funny read although taking in some hefty subjects such as rape and Death all dealt with in the usual Irving witty way. And John Irvings books wouldn't be the same without a Bear to get it all going!! 5 stars from me!
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Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Lesley S. Havis
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I have read several novels by John Irving and I enjoyed this one. The change of country was interesting and the characters, as usual, were endearing.
Published 6 months ago by J. Nicholas
1.0 out of 5 stars avoid like the plague
This was really shallow, superficial, self indulgent from a writer I consider a great story teller. A collection of ideas and concepts with no rhyme or reason to it.
Published 6 months ago by Tony Fitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre but brilliant, his closest to 'Owen Meany'
A heartwarming and often very funny story about an eccentric but loving family who run three hotels named after the US state they start out in. Read more
Published 10 months ago by BookWorm
1.0 out of 5 stars John Irving? Really?
WARNING THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
I am a huge fan of Irving. But this offering is just too way out there for me. Read more
Published 12 months ago by P. S. Arnold
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Although I am and always have been a big fan of John Irving, this book was disappointing for me - now and then John writes something, that just doesn't capture me - this book I... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Iris Krummenohl
4.0 out of 5 stars it was exactly what I wanted
it was just what I had expected what more can you ask for
The book had been read but that was what I will do with it
Published 19 months ago by Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
John Irving is one of my favourite writers. He has written many novels and about half a dozen of those are classics. The Hotel New Hampshire is up there in his top three. Read more
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