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The Cider House Rules: A Screenplay
by John Irvimg
ISBN 0786885238 / 9780786885237 / 0-7868-8523-8
Publisher Miramax Books
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This acadamy-award winning screenplay by John Irving was written over a fourteen year period and is the companion screenplay to the Miramax film, co-starring Michael Caine, who won the Acadmy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dr.Wilbur Larch.
The Cider House Rules is set in rural Maine in the first half of this century. It tells the story of Homer Wells, an orphan who is raised and mentored by Wilbur Larch, the doctor at the orphanage. Dr. Larch teaches Homer eveything about medicine. Yet though his capacity for kindness is saintly, Larch is also an ether addict. He and Homer come into conflict, which is typical of many father-son relationships, but in this case, their conflict is intensified by their disagreements about abortion. The result is Homer leaves the only family he has ever known.
Homer's new life provides more excitement than he could have imagined, especially when he falls in love for the first time. But, when forced to make decisions that will change the course of his future, Homer finally realizes that he can't escape his past. The Cider House Rules is ultimately about the choices we make and the rules that are meant to be broken. [via]