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The World According to Garp - John Irving
The World According to Garp
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The World According to Garp is a comic and compassionate coming-of-age novel that established John Irving as one of the most imaginative writers of his generation. A worldwide bestseller since its publication in 1978, Irving's classic is filled with stories inside stories about the life and... show more
The World According to Garp is a comic and compassionate coming-of-age novel that established John Irving as one of the most imaginative writers of his generation. A worldwide bestseller since its publication in 1978, Irving's classic is filled with stories inside stories about the life and times of T. S. Garp, novelist and bastard son of Jenny Fields--a feminist leader ahead of her time. Beyond that, The World According to Garp virtually defies synopsis.----"Nothing in contemporary fiction matches it," said critic Terrence Des Pres. "Irving's blend of gravity and play is unique, audacious, almost blasphemous. . . . Friendship, marriage and family are his primary themes, but at that blundering level of life where mishap and folly--something close to joyful malice--perpetually intrude and disrupt, often fatally. Life, in Irving's fiction, is always under siege." Time magazine commented: "Irving's popularity is not hard to understand. His world is really the world according to nearly everyone."----This Modern Library edition includes a new Introduction by the author.The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editons of impor-tant works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoringas its emblem the running torchbearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inaugurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780679603061 (0679603069)
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages no: 720
Edition language: English
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5.0 A Review of THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP
Book #4 in my John Irving Challenge, and the best one yet.The idea that men and women are equal seems to me a basic truth. What sets us apart, medically, is our reproductive organs. Yes, you can have gender reassignment surgery, but a person born a man cannot carry a child conceived using one of tha...
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4.0 The World According to Garp
I had just finished reading A Confederacy of Dunces and I was looking for another classic to read, but my to-read list is longer than my lifespan. I needed help narrowing down my options, so I asked a librarian friend for recommendations because I knew he had read a lot of classics. This was one of...
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5.0 The Under Toad of The World According to Garp
Irving writes LONG books but fantastic LONG books. Spending the time to glide through the pages is worth every word. What is the book about? Really?!? Do I need to go into this? Read the blurb. Just know that the book is excellent and everyone should read it. How clever is "The Under Toad"? The ...
Book Candy
Book Candy rated it
5.0 The World According to Garp
Irving writes LONG books but fantastic LONG books. Spending the time to glide through the pages is worth every word. What is the book about? Really?!? Do I need to go into this? Read the blurb. Just know that the book is excellent and everyone should read it. How clever is "The Under Toad"? The cut...
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