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. With more than 10 million copies in print, in more than 30 languages and in more than 40 countries, this novel provides almost cheerful, even hilarious evidence of its famous last line: "In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases."
©1976, 1977, 1978 John Irving; (P)1998 Random House, Inc.
"A wonderful novel, full of energy and art." (The Washington Post)
"Nothing in contemporary fiction matches it....Irving's blend of gravity and play is unique, audacious, almost blasphemous....Brilliant, funny, and consistently wise; a work of vast talent." (The New Republic)
The story is wonderful. It's one of my favorite Irving novels. I recommend reading the novel over listing to the droning narration. Save your Audible credit for something else.
Jenny Garp is my favorite character. She may not be one to gush with emotion, but she cares deeply for her son and for the well being of exploited women.
His voice is monotone, mechanical and nearly without emotion. Why, oh why, couldn't someone have paid Dennis Boutsikaris to read this novel?
The text is rich and layered with many interesting characters. The narration makes me want to chuck my tablet out the window.
Who approved the casting of Michael Prichard????????
Odd book and strange view of women but maybe that is what John Irving was trying to do.
Garp was one of the first books I read as a young adult so I cannot truly compare the two. I loved reading Garp; I loved listening to Garp.
I would compare the book to The Crimson Petal and the White because the characters and story is incredibly detailed and comes together at the end in a symphony of what had previously seems insignificant. I felt as if I knew the characters and they were entirely three dimensional and had their own faults.
The book is hilariously tragic. It's all the dirty things that we all live but never talk about. Irving describes heart breaking emotion with such eloquence that you FEEL the way that Garp feels. I've reread this book countless times and I always interpret it differently based on my stage of life.
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
I just finished listening to this book following Son of the Circus and before that, Cider House Rules. I already loved Owen Meany. I like Garp's mother very much. I like Garp. I'm a bit weary of so much violence and drama, sexual ambiguity, etc. Of course it's a good book! All the ends are properly tied up. My main reason for reviewing this at all is that I found Michael Prichard's reading flawless. Not boring, not colorless, not any of the bad qualities other listeners found. Personally, I don't do too well with absurdity and some kinds of comedy. Still, I was hooked into the story in several places where I needed to stop and do my own life, but I kept listening. I quite forgot who was reading. Overall, most worthwhile. I will listen again for sure!
I really liked this book. The story is very well written. Took some time to get used to the narration, I could see that some people may not finish listening. I wished for a more entertaining narration.
I love the book, but this recording has issues. sometimes it's too soft as if it has lost audio fidelity. the recording just sounds old. I still liked it. The recording "A prayer for Owen Meant" is so much better.
This is my second reading of this book. I enjoy the story very much, but the audio version dry and dispassionate. It doesn't do the novel justice.
Horribly tinny recording – did not purchase this adaptation. Too difficult to listen through comfortable day. I sadly made it only about 30 minutes into a wonderful book. Such a pity.
Michael Prichard does a wonderful job of narrating John Irving's finest work. While self-defamed as an "X-rated soap opera", The World According to Garp is anything but, and provides the listener with laughs and, occasionally, tears. As my favorite novel, I highly recommend it to everyone.
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