The World According to Garp

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Ballantine Books, 1996 - Fiction - 609 pages
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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 is a great introduction to Irving's writing style. - Goodreads
I judge books disproportionately by their endings. - Goodreads
Great characterization. - Goodreads
Irving's prose is beautiful. - Goodreads
the (fucked up) life of a writer. - Goodreads
Great quirky characters, good plot. - Goodreads

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I absolutely hated this book. I think it was just the most idiotic thing I have ever read. Just don't understand what people see in this piece of writing. Read full review

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Full of the agony and ecstasy of the human condition. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

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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