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  • The World According to Garp

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (211)

    Here are the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her times. Here are the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes, even of sexual assassinations. The World According to Garp 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.

    Sarrie says: "What is up with this narrator?"
    "Best for his literary turns"
    Overall

    John Irving's novels often feel like conglomerations of story ideas, which he practically admits to in this writing. His novels often reflect his life's experiences, through the lense of his imagination. You should expect randomness. However, this novel had the best helping of his clever literary turns of all his novels that I have read. There are many one sentence juxtipositions that can have you laughing out loud for the irony contained therein. I am looking forward to a second listening of this novel, just to enjoy them again.

    An atypical but meaningful story told masterfully.

    The novel is read with a dry tone that is totally appropriate to the tone of the novel. An excellent version.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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