Did I need any more books? Of course I didn‘t!
But it‘s all for charity so I‘m not just thinking of myself, you see....
Actually, the top one is for #mummysquirrel and the next two are for #MiLsquirrel, so only 5 are mine...?
Not bad for a total of Qe...
I can‘t quite reconcile Irving‘s avowed feminism with his main female character‘s hatred of sex and his main male character‘s preoccupation with it, but I suspect that‘s my shortcoming, not Irving‘s. Garp feels realer to me than Jenny Fields right now, but I‘m not sure if it‘s because I know the book was written by a man or because of the way the characters actually are written.
Do any Irving fans or non-fans here have an opinion?
4⭐️ for technique & message 3 ⭐️for enjoyment
Lacks the heart & soul of Owen Meany and Cider House.
Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2888251419
This would be a great book for discussion.
If any UK Litten would like this book let me know first to comment gets it. It is 2nd hand from charity shop condition is OK
It‘s Day 19 of the @bookriot #Riotgrams Challenge! Today‘s prompt: I read this too young! Like most avid readers I know, I was allowed to read whatever I wanted from a young age. But one strong memory I have is of sitting in study hall in sixth grade, reading THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP and glancing up every few minutes, sure that someone was going to stop me, because WOW was that a lot for an 11-year-old to process. 🤣❤️📚
There's so much goodness packed into this: memorable characters who can be both funny and affecting, surprising turns of events, and a personal favorite--fiction written by one of the characters. Irving is one of those authors who can take his time with the story, but still never fail to be interesting. After reading the this and Owen Meany, I'm all ears for recommendations on what my next one should be.
(A vibrant Undertoad is pictured here).
I read this in high school and have forgotten much of it, but there is a car accident in it that has stayed with me. I was so disturbed by it, and I still think about it sometimes when I get #behindthewheel.
My fave books from the 70‘s!
The World According to Garp by John Irving 🐻
Sophie‘s Choice by William Styron 👩🦱👨🏻👱🏻♂️
I grew up in the 70‘s and loved the books & the movies (bawled my eyes out😭📖)
#Egg 🥚👦 or #Jan&Eva 👫
Who broke your heart more?
"Jenny asked for a book about clams. She read all about them: how they ate, how they bred, how they grew. It was the first live thing she understood completely--its life, its sex, its death. In the hospital [...] she was discovering that people weren't much more mysterious, or much more attractive, than clams."
"She felt if she ever had children she would love them no less when they were twenty than when they were two; they might need you more at twenty, she thought. What do you really need when you're two? In the hospital, the babies were the easiest patients. The older they got, the more they needed; and the less anyone wanted or loved them."
The characters I liked. The humour, the relationships, the content, etc, were all well developed and I cared for these people. But the writing style was exhausting. Not always, but most of the time there was no flow. It hopped, skipped and jumped and it made for a mental exercise that I didn't enjoy. A book as plain as this with plain content, should flow like water if it's not going to draw you in otherwise.
I know I've read this book in the last 30 years. I had to have as there are parts that are so vividly familiar to me. But I can't say where oh where I had if I indeed did. I can't even tell you how it ends, just that I am certain I've read it before. Regardless, I am having a good time reading it again for the first time.
This is one of my favorite books of all time because it is just so weird. There is an underlying theme about imperfect people fumbling through life doing their best; and you, the reader, have to choose compassion over judgment or you are the villain in this story. That's why I want John Irving to explain my life.
John Irving writes candidly in the new introduction about this being a novel with a political agenda and he is shocked that it is still relevant 40 years after he wrote it. He says he sides more with the feminists now that he's aged. Yeah--don't we all.
I read this book over 20 years ago and it was one of my favorites of all time because it was just so messed up and that spoke to me then. Lets see how it holds up now.
Interesting article from Esquire about how Irving feels about Garp's relativity to society 40 years later.
Loved this book, and the great film - but how could you go wrong with the late great Robin Williams as the lead character in the film. 🤣 #ReadingResolutions
#31bookpics Give me a dysfunctional family with larger than life characters and I will probably find that book #unforgetable .I remember reading Garp so many years ago in a bit of a reading drought,and it fired me back up.And as to Hearts, well, it was my favorite book of last year and Boynes dedication was “For John Irving” that made a lot of sense to me.😀
"Everybody dies...the thing is, to have a life before we die." T.S. Garp
Although it took me a few attempts to really get into the story, after finally having a few hours to devote to reading, I was hooked.
Garp wants to write and in this novel we follow him on that journey. Through personal heartache, triumphs and everything inbetween, we get a unique view of the world through Garp's eyes. Garp's spirit and passion are infectious. ?
Changing things up in my reading log a bit and trying this one out. It's a book that's been on my TBR for years. I'm hoping it's perfect for some rainy day reading. ☔📖 The bookmark was a gift from my nephew because he knows how much I love reading. 💚💜
I have read so many books from every genre. I enjoy reading and owning books. My library consists of classics, horror, suspense, science fiction, fantasy, romance (paranormal, historical, sci-fi, normal), biographies, historical fiction, nonfiction, and so many others. This book while I don‘t own it lol was a difficult read. I didn‘t enjoy it and had to read for class and yet I still reference it. It amazes me the power of books.
Solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I read this because my mom said this was her favorite Irving novel, sadly it does not hold up to A Prayer for Owen Meaney. I liked Garp, but it is not an impactful as Owen Meaney to me.
Taking a break from all these new summer books to read this one from John Irving‘s backlist.
Thanks for the tag @MidnightBookGirl
1. I re-read the tagged book "Garp" constantly in my 20s. I've been meaning to read it again now to see how it holds up to middle age.
2. Anything crunchy when I am in a bad mood.
3. Grace and Frankie on Netflix
4. Tag @EllanaRose !
@hermyknee love the idea of a #CoffeeCoffeeCoffee giveaway! It‘s so hard to pick a favorite but definitely a big influence is Garp.It‘s odd , but things that happen in my life seem to mirror or evoke various Irving works, but I guess that‘s really for my therapist and not Litsy .😹This mug was handmade in Anchor Point , Alaska, and I‘ve been to Alaska but found the mug in a local thrift!So typical!
Thanks for tagging @Cathythoughts
1. The Great Gatsby
2. The world according to Garp, one of my all time favourites
3. That there were a zillion of worlds to be found through books
4. @Billypar @jhod
5/5 Stars for me. Simply adored this book. It‘s a brilliant mix of comedy and tragedy, hope and despair. The characters are quirky but have heart and depth. The story is outlandish but relatable. What else can I say? I laughed, I cried, I found my jaw hitting the floor. Definitely 👍🏼👍🏼 from me!
Finished Garp last night, loved it so much that I bought A Prayer for Owen Meany today at Mercer St Books in Seattle. #johnirving
This is still my favourite Irving novel. I remember staying up very late one night to finish it because it was that good and intense. I know I laughed so hard (even if it was anything but funny really) at the parking incident. I don't know how it would measure up to the memories if I read it again now. #uncannyOctober 😂 ❤️
I was excited to read Irving's breakout novel as my introduction to his work. It was very colorful, often walking on the border of the absurd, and it still seems very fresh and contemporary, especially in its dealings with feminism and politics. And yet, as is sometimes the case with bildungsromans, I'm left wondering a little what it all adds up to. A lot of Garp's characterization seems to take place after he's gone. But still entertaining.
I can hardly believe what I'm reading! Plodding along with these horrible, quirky characters, silently willing them to make better life decisions but not much really happening. And then. BAM! The story smacks you in the face. Hard. And of course I'm on the train, making stupid gasping sounds. Stuffing the book in my handbag. Not quite ready to get it back out yet...
This book has been on my #TBR for so long thanks to the Rory Gilmore reading challenge. I'm glad I finally picked it up. I'm about 100 pages in, and it's hilarious!
"In this dirty-minded world, you are either somebody's wife or somebody's whore-- or fast on your way to becoming one or the other. If you don't fit either category, then everyone tries to make you think there is something wrong with you."