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Novelist John Irving was listening to an old Bob Dylan song when a few lines grabbed him:

I had a job in the great north woods
Working as a cook for a spell
But I never did like it all that much
And one day the ax just fell.

And John Irving was off, on his latest novel. “Last Night in Twisted River.”

Loggers. Big woods. Bears. Blood. Sex. Naked sky diver. Death by skillet. It’s the kind of wild tale he’s been telling ever since “The World According to Garp.” This time with the love of fathers and sons.

This hour, On Point: Novelist John Irving and “Last Night in Twisted River.”

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John Irving joins us from New York.  The best-selling author of “The World According to Garp,” “A Prayer for Owen Meany,” “Until I Find You,” and many more, he won the National Book Award, an O. Henry Award, and an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Cider House Rules.” In 1992 he was inducted into the national Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His most recent novel is “Last Night in Twisted River.”

Read an excerpt from “Last Night in Twisted River.”

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