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The World According to Garp (1978)

de John Irving

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The bestselling coming-of-age classic novel by John Irving-now in a limited 40th anniversary edition with a new introduction by the author. The opening sentence of John Irving's breakout novel, The World According to Garp, signals the start of sexual violence, which becomes increasingly political. "Garp's mother, Jenny Fields, was arrested in Boston in 1942 for wounding a man in a movie theater." Jenny is an unmarried nurse; she becomes a single mom and a feminist leader, beloved but polarizing. Her son, Garp, is less beloved, but no less polarizing. From the tragicomic tone of its first sentence to its mordantly funny last line-"we are all terminal cases"-The World According to Garp maintains a breakneck pace. The subject of sexual hatred-of intolerance of sexual minorities and differences-runs the gamut of "lunacy and sorrow." Winner of the National Book Award, Garp is a comedy with forebodings of doom. In more than thirty languages, in more than forty countries-with more than ten million copies in print-Garp is the precursor of John Irving's later protest novels.… (mais)
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This book easily deserves five stars but I was sorely tempted to give it four or even three, for the grotesque misery to which Irving subjects his characters and, by extension, his readers. At times I was tempted to toss the book away. And yet, there's so much humanity in those characters and so much inventiveness in the story. I couldn't stop reading. Great novel. ( )
  jcm790 | May 26, 2024 |
An old favorite, reread for the first time in like 15 years. This book taught me so many hard truths about the world when I was like 14. ( )
  Amateria66 | May 24, 2024 |
I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book, though overall it was pretty good. First, I'd like to note that going into the book I knew nothing about it except that people had told me "it's a guy book". Honestly, after reading the book, I don't really see why. It discussed feminism in great detail, and though the protagonist was male and occasionally took issue with feminism, he was not really divisive in any way. In other words, only women looking to find fault in the book would dislike it, and they would do so for the wrong reasons.

Generally, the book was funny. If I had to describe it, I would say it was a very holistic tale of a writer's life and personal beliefs. It's told from a great perspective and is generally very readable. My only real issues with the text were the fact that Irving has a somewhat morbid fascination with maiming his characters and Irving's overwhelming use of "returning characters". The former is pretty self explanatory, and the latter was simply an issue that may have been unique to me. I find it frustrating when characters introduced in the beginning come back to kill other characters later for strange reasons. It makes the book less believable, and the world of the novel becomes too small.

Overall, it was worth the read, but I'm not sure why it's considered such a classic. Perhaps just because it was such a frank and well written depiction of a man's life? ( )
  mrbearbooks | Apr 22, 2024 |
A good read, amusing, well written, difficult at times, but I liked it. ( )
  Craftybilda | Jan 23, 2024 |
En smått otrolig historia berättad med intensivt driv. En stor läsupplevelse ( )
  Humila | Nov 6, 2023 |
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The World According to Garp was more than single, memorable moments. It was unforgettable as a whole for a simple reason - it was epic. It was what a Great American Novel needs to be: all of life between covers.
 
These things oughtn't to be funny. Still, the way that Mr. Irving writes about them, they are. They way he filters them through his hero's unique imagination, we not only laugh at the world according to Garp, but we also accept it and love it.
 

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John Irvingautor principaltodas as ediçõescalculado
Abel, JürgenÜbersetzerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Brown, ChristopherArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Paolini, Pier FrancescoTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Prichard, MichaelNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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The bestselling coming-of-age classic novel by John Irving-now in a limited 40th anniversary edition with a new introduction by the author. The opening sentence of John Irving's breakout novel, The World According to Garp, signals the start of sexual violence, which becomes increasingly political. "Garp's mother, Jenny Fields, was arrested in Boston in 1942 for wounding a man in a movie theater." Jenny is an unmarried nurse; she becomes a single mom and a feminist leader, beloved but polarizing. Her son, Garp, is less beloved, but no less polarizing. From the tragicomic tone of its first sentence to its mordantly funny last line-"we are all terminal cases"-The World According to Garp maintains a breakneck pace. The subject of sexual hatred-of intolerance of sexual minorities and differences-runs the gamut of "lunacy and sorrow." Winner of the National Book Award, Garp is a comedy with forebodings of doom. In more than thirty languages, in more than forty countries-with more than ten million copies in print-Garp is the precursor of John Irving's later protest novels.

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