The World According to Garp

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Ballantine Books, 1996 - Fiction - 609 pages
1560 Reviews
20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
with a new Afterword from the author



The New York Times bestseller



This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny
Fields--a feminist leader ahead of her times.  This is the life and death
of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual
extremes--even of sexual assassinations.  It is a novel rich with "lunacy
and sorrow"; yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a
comedy both ribald and robust.  In more than thirty languages, in more than
forty countries--with more than ten million copies in print--this novel
provides almost cheerful, even hilarious evidence of its famous last line:
"In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases."

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It was weird, fun, interesting and entertaining experience. John Irving is a great writer which tackles issues which are not comfortable for everyone and this book is a good representation of it. Read full review

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Hmm. I wanted to like the book based on the subject matter, being an aspiring writer myself (who isn't?!), but I found the novel had a hard time getting out from under the burden of it being so nearly ... Read full review

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John Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times–winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp. A Prayer for Owen Meany was published in 1989. In 1992, Mr. Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules–a film with seven Academy Award nominations.


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