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The World According To Garp
by John Irving

Published: 2000
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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 ...
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(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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by KRoby (see profile) 05/11/18

 
  "Unique Book!"by leslien (see profile) 02/24/12

This book was not at all what I expected, but was glad I read it. However, I likely wouldn't recommend to other people.

 
  "Garp holds up"by floydsbo (see profile) 01/19/11

Having read it years ago, we wanted to revisit this wonderful book. It has held up remarkably well.

 
  "I love you John Irving"by leschukm (see profile) 08/26/10

I read this book for the second time after 10 years and loved it even more. The World According to Garp is so good that you really start to believe that T.S. Garp is real.

 
  "John Irving at his (almost) best!"by nadjaj (see profile) 03/21/08

Absolutely hilarious and heart-rending at the same time, quintessential Irving.

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