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The World According to Garp : a Novel by John Irving - Hardcover - 1978 - from Books of the World (SKU: RWARE0000002467)

The World According to Garp : a Novel

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The World According to Garp : a Novel

by John Irving

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New York: E. P. Dutton (A Henry Robbins Book). Hardcover. 1978. Bookthrift Reprint. Very Good book in a Very Good jacket. Spine straight and tight. Prior owner's name on front free endpaper, otherwise unmarked. Dust stains to top edge. Edge and corner wear to jacket. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. 437 pages.

This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her time. 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.


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. From the Trade Paperback edition.


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On Sep 26 2007, shawnee said:
This is the best book I have ever read!! If you want a story about the 70's this is one, full of symoblism and underlying truths and tragedy. The "undertoad" You may not always see it but its always there, and we all have those "undertoads" in our life. This book is full complete, from beginning to end, the end will not leave you questioning "what was Irving thinking?" He completed this book and didn't shirk on the details, its phenomonal!


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The World According to Garp : a Novel
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