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The World According to Garp

by John Irving

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

LoveReading View on The World According to Garp

This is an extraordinary book, funny, surreal and, at times, heartbreakingly sad.  It’s long, some 600 pages, and truly compulsive.  Even if at times you are not sure quite what is happening, it has you spellbound.  It’s about fatherhood, writing, fear and life, with some truly memorable characters.


A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher...

‘This is an extraordinary novel from one of the greatest contemporary American authors. Perhaps the best known and most loved of Irving’s books, and rightly hailed as a modern classic, The World According to Garp is an utterly captivating, thought-provoking masterpiece with the most wonderful characters you will ever meet.' Emma Buckley, Assistant Editor at Transworld

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The World According to Garp Synopsis

‘I have nothing but sympathy for how people behave - and nothing but laughter to console them with’

This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields - a feminist leader ahead of her times. It is also 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. It provides almost cheerful, even hilarious evidence of its famous last line: 'In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases.'

The World According to Garp Press Reviews

‘Absolutely extraordinary…a roller-coaster ride that leaves one breathless, exhausted, elated and tearful’ - Los Angeles Times

‘A wonderful novel, full of energy and art, at once funny and heartbreaking. You know it is true. It is also terrific’ - The Washington Post

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ISBN: 9780552992053
Publication date: 01/07/1986
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552992053
Publication date: 1st July 1986
Author: John Irving
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 608 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About John Irving

John Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942, and he once admitted that he was a 'grim' child. Although he excelled in English at school and knew by the time he graduated that he wanted to write novels, it was not until he met a young Southern novelist named John Yount, at the University of New Hampshire, that he received encouragement. 'It was so simple,' he remembers. 'Yount was the first person to point out that anything I did except writing was going to be vaguely unsatisfying.'In 1963, Irving enrolled at the Institute of European Studies in Vienna, ...

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