ContemporaryThe World According To Garp by John Irving

The World According To Garp by John Irving


If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you will know that I am a huge fan of John Irving. I’ve discussed A Prayer for Owen Meany here before (READ IT!!!) but today is all about Garp.

Oh Garp. This book. It’s hard to know where to begin. It is rich in just about everything; humorous, heartbreaking, real and surreal all at the same damn time. 

This is the story of Garp, a completely unforgettable character (to be fair, pretty much all of Irving’s characters are; OWEN, Hester the Molester #ifyouknowyouknow ) who is the illegitimate son of Jenny, a leading feminist thinker. A rollercoaster of emotions, it will take you across the world, from generation to generation. Weird and wonderful, you will laugh, cry and cover your eyes in horror. I’m struggling to sum up the story because actually this is so much more than a story; it is a life. 

Behind this photo is a story too and it’s one that encapsulates my feelings about Irving and Garp. I went to my bookshelf to pull this title out. I had an old edition, the cover was dog-eared and pale yellow. I like to know it’s there on my shelf. I mean, it’s always been there. But when I went to find it, it was gone. So I took this picture in @waterstonesbrentcross, a new edition which I refrained from purchasing but I know if I don’t find mine I will have to. I simply can’t have a bookshelf without T.S. Garp upon it.

~ Sophie 

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