Why this book?
What I love about The World According to Garp is how it blends the humorous and serious.
Its quirky, engaging characters and how they react to the pressures of life made me laugh out loud. But I also admire the humanity of it with its serious messages about love and relationships.
As someone who also wanted to be a writer, I identified with the protagonist’s struggles and dreams.
I also identified as a man who loves and is surrounded by strong women and how they can often surprise you and help you see the world in new ways.
The World According to Garp
Why should I read it?
3 authors picked The World According to Garp as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
A masterpiece from one of the great contemporary American writers.
'A wonderful novel, full of energy and art, at once funny and heartbreaking...terrific' WASHINGTON POST
Anniversary edition with a new afterword from the author.
A worldwide bestseller since its publication, Irving's classic is filled with stories inside stories about the life and times of T. S. Garp, struggling writer and illegitimate son of Jenny Fields - an unlikely feminist heroine ahead of her time.
Beautifully written, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP is a powerfully compelling and compassionate coming-of-age novel that established John Irving as one of the most imaginative writers…