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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. 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."

Fiction & Poetry >> Modern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd Publication Date: 01/07/1986 ISBN-13: 9780552992053  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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The best thing about John Irving's novels is that if you like one, you're bound to like them all. The man has a style, and he sticks to it. What is this book about? Well, it's about Garp, of course. Also: how female sexuality is often seen as something suspect, how mothers fear losing their sons to things like war and fathers fear losing their daughters to the kinds of men they know exist in the world. As John Irving will tell you in the afterword, it’s about how all our caution can often amount to nothing much at all. - Cindy.

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