The World According to Garp

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Ballantine Books, 1996 - Fiction - 609 pages
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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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User Review  - Schmerguls - LibraryThing

This is the third book I've read by John Irving--the others were The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany (both of which I remeber very negatively)-- and I only read this book because it is ... Read full review

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User Review  - longhorndaniel - LibraryThing

Was the 1st Irving book i read which has led me to continue reading his other novels; this story is so captivating that you can't help but be drawn into the lives of the characters; you fall in love ... 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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