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The World According to Garp

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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 & PoetryModern & 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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John Irving published his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, in 1968. He has been nominated for a National Book Award three times - winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp. He also received an O. Henry Award in 1981 for the short story 'Interior Space'. In 1992, he 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. In 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent novel is Last Night in Twisted River.

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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.

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 22/02/2011


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