World According To Garp
‘The World According to Garp’ is the comic and compassionate coming-of-age novel that established John Irving as one of the most imaginative writers of his generation.
This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields – a feminist leader ahead of her times. It is also the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes – even of sexual assassinations. It 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. It provides almost cheerful, even hilarious evidence of its famous last line: “In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases.”