The World According to Garp

by John Irving | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780345366764 Global Overview for this book
Registered by bookstogive of Springville, Tennessee USA on 3/28/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by bookstogive from Springville, Tennessee USA on Thursday, March 31, 2011
This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny
Fields--a feminist leader ahead of her times. This is the life and death
of a famous mother and her almost-famous son.


This book is available and will be released soon into the wild

Journal Entry 2 by bookstogive at Wishlist Surprise, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, February 16, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (2/16/2012 UTC) at Wishlist Surprise, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases

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Released as #51 of the Is Your Wishlist Updated RABCK, enjoy!

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Journal Entry 3 by 4evagreen at High Peak, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Friday, March 02, 2012
This book was waiting for me when I got home from work and what a pleasant unexpected surprise it was too. Many many thanks.

Journal Entry 4 by 4evagreen at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Sunday, December 18, 2016
I won't give the plot away but will state that included within the novel are excerpts from Garp's own published works. The subjects that are covered are wide ranging taking in death, feminism, friendship, infidelity, loss, parenthood, rape to name but a few but the over-riding theme is lust. There are several horrific incidents and certainly rape and murder are not particularly funny yet despite their horror you still end up laughing out loud which says much for Irving's writing style. Now I loved this book (in particular the book excerpts which I found really enjoyable and shows great imagination) however, I must say that I was a little disappointed with the final chapter which is written as a kind of epilogue. Personally I did not feel that it was at all necessary to try and tidy up all the loose ends but this is only a minor complaint and do not feel that it really detracted from the overall.

Journal Entry 5 by 4evagreen at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Thursday, March 16, 2017

Released 3 yrs ago (3/16/2017 UTC) at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom

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Moving on to hopefully make a new friend. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 6 by wingdark-dracowing at Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Thank you for the wishlist RABCK - ever since I read and was blown away by 'Owen Meaney', I have been a fan of this author. I'm looking forward to giving this one a go.

Journal Entry 7 by wingdark-dracowing at Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom on Monday, June 15, 2020
It's so easy to review a book where lots happens, where action drives the plot and you are swept up with what is going on. But I always struggle with a book like this ...

The first character we meet is Jenny, a nurse who has decided that she does want a child, but doesn't want a man in her life. That doesn't seem such a huge thing these days, but in the book it's the one act that makes her stand out and ultimately makes her a figure of feminist campaigning.

The child, Garp, grows up with this sort of famous mother and becomes a writer himself, if not a very profligate one. His world is definitely not a normal one - bought up in an all boys school, travelling with his mother, friends with whores, marrying and having children with essentially a penpal, having affairs, losing children and then dying very young over a misunderstanding.

I can't say that I actually LIKED Garp - his mood swings and childish attitudes were really annoying but you can understand his fears and why he sees the world as he does. He tries to break away from his Mother's views, but can't quite leave behind his childhood lessons.

The supporting characters were either fleetingly met, or likeable in their own way.

I always enjoy Irving's style of writing, even if it's hard to pin-point what it's all about - in the afterword, even he struggles to categorise his book. There were moments that were so heartbreaking, I needed to stop reading, while others were so full of humour that I was laughing out loud - in at least one case these were happening at the same time!

My favourite Irving book is still 'Owen Meaney' but I did enjoy this one a lot and look forward to more forays into this author's odd little world.

Released 6 mos ago (6/25/2020 UTC) at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

This book has been released as part of the Cfreckle’s UK Birthday RABCK Group 2020. I hope you like your goodies and have a brilliant day.

Journal Entry 9 by Cfreckle at Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 04, 2020
I received this as a wishlist book for my birthday. Thank you very much. I look forward to reading it.

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