Synopses & Reviews
The World According to Garp
is a comic and compassionate coming-of-age novel that established John Irving as one of the most imaginative writers of his generation. A worldwide bestseller since its publication in 1978, Irving's classic is filled with stories inside stories about the life and times of T. S. Garp, novelist and bastard son of Jenny Fields — a feminist leader ahead of her time. Beyond that, The World According to Garp
virtually defies synopsis.
"Nothing in contemporary fiction matches it," said critic Terrence Des Pres. "Irving's blend of gravity and play is unique, audacious, almost blasphemous....Friendship, marriage and family are his primary themes, but at that blundering level of life where mishap and folly — something close to joyful malice — perpetually intrude and disrupt, often fatally. Life, in Irving's fiction, is always under siege." Time magazine commented: "Irving's popularity is not hard to understand. His world is really the world according to nearly everyone."
Originally published in 1978, and now reissued in a Modern Library paperback classics edition, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP occupies a special place in American letters as a beloved modern classic. Author John Irving provides a new Introduction for this edition. As the Chicago SUN-TIMES said, "Like all extraordinary books, GARP defies synopsis".
About the Author
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.