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)
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.
This book is amazing because it contains short stories and the first chapter of a novel written by the main character. It takes you from the women's movement with a nontraditional nurse and allows you to grow up with the main character through issues of sex, marriage, tragedy, and love.
Anyone familiar with this novel or movie knows the dynamic and large exciting storyline, that is crazy in all the good ways. Wish I had payed more attention to the preview. This reader is the most sluggish, boring and WORST person to accompany you on the journey that this wonderful novel is. Listeners beware
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 had read garb some 20 years ago as a young person and found it compelling and beautiful even then. However, listening to it now in my early 40s as a father, I found it tragic and funny and beautiful just like life.
The World According to Garp is an incredibly important 20th-century American novel. It is a shame that the publisher and John Irving allowed this audiobook to be produced--and this is the only audio version of it on the market! Michael Prichard, the narrator, performs an incredible stilted, monotonous, robotic reading of a great text and totally destroys it for the reader. Click on the sample and see for yourself. Do not purchase this audiobook!
Please re-issue this audiobook with a competent narrator/voice actor. Irving's text deserves better.
Odd book and strange view of women but maybe that is what John Irving was trying to do.
Yes. The story is a bit long. The book is easy to listen to and keeps your interest. One of the best parts is the beginning describing
Garp's mother's encounter with the ball turret gunner and her resulting
pregnancy with Garp as well as Garp's early life.
John Irving's book,_A Prayer For Owen Meany was a wonderful book because you felt
that it was a true story. The character of Owen is consistently portrayed.
The voice (reader) was excellent as Owen.
Garp's pranks in school.
Garp's concern for his children, mainly Walt and later his feelings about Walt's death..
This was my first audiobook - I'm slow writing the review.
The automobile accident that took place in Garp's driveway is utterly unforgettable. As I think back, I realize there are so many memorable moments; Irving has arranged the story like a string of beautifully iridescent pearls, each piece beautiful on its own but amazing in a whole.
Garp, his mother, his wife ... and all the others. Irving writes such wonderfully delineated characters.
Somehow, I missed reading this classic but was glad for the opportunity to listen to it. Loved the story and the rich characters....typical John Irving excellence. Not so impressed with the narrator and the production quality of the recording.....sounded very dated and amateurish. I would love to hear it read by a more contemporary narrator.
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