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The World According to Garp
The World According to Garp: A Novel | John Irving
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; 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. In more than thirty languages, in more than forty countries--with more than ten million copies in print--this novel provides almost cheerful, even hilarious evidence of its famous last line: "In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases."
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Billypar
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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).

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Awesome toad! 3d
Leftcoastzen One of my favorite books ever!!! I love Hotel New Hampshire,many Irving fans might disagree .I would say this one , it‘s become relevant again, (ha, like it stopped)not unlike Handmaids Tale . (edited) 3d
Leftcoastzen I think of Garp , New Hampshire , and Cider House as some sort of odd trinity,If I remember correctly, that is their order as published.I still have not read Owen Meany, maybe this is the year. 3d
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Leftcoastzen Beware the undertoad ,sorrow floats !(the next book ) 3d
Billypar Thanks for the recs! You're right, it does go Garp, Hotel, CHR: maybe I'll read those two next and go in order. That's true about CHR and the current times...yikes. I loved the story behind the Undertoad and how it developed as a theme. Apparently that story was plucked from his own life- one of his sons made the same error that Walt did. 3d
Billypar @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Ha- thanks! Somewhat less morbid than the toad of the novel 🐸 3d
BlameJennyJane Hotel New Hampshire and Fourth Hand were my other favorites... but I have to admit Owen Meany and Garp are both in my top five of all time so measuring up is hard. I‘m one of those that thinks you can‘t go wrong with Irving... unless too much wrestling... and then I just read a little faster. Lol 3d
Leftcoastzen 😀I have to say I was always a reader , but reading and loving John Irving definitely turned it up a few notches. 3d
Billypar @BlameJennyJane Thanks for those! I just read the beginning of a synopsis of 4th Hand- he does seem to like chronicling bizarre freak accidents, doesn't he? 🦁 3d
Billypar @Leftcoastzen I love that about certain authors- I hope my reading life is still able to be cranked up by the right author at the right time. 3d
BlameJennyJane @Billypar yeah! And it‘s like they‘re already flawed but not flawed enough so let throw something super freaky in! 3d
Leftcoastzen Bears and freak accidents. I think it is because we never know what bizarre thing can happen way beyond our control. 3d
Tanisha_A Super awesome review! I have been meaning to read Owen, Garp since forever. 🤞 3d
Billypar @BlameJennyJane @Leftcoastzen Good thoughts- it does seem like he uses them both for character development and narrative purposes. 3d
Billypar @Tanisha_A I really liked Owen Meany too- hope you enjoy them! 3d
Centique I loved Owen Meany and Garp both so much. I really need to reread them because it‘s been too long. I‘ve got this one coming up to read 3d
Billypar @Centique Very nice- I'll look out for your review for that! 3d
DivineDiana Owen Meany is a favorite! Adding this to the TBR! 2d
Billypar @DivineDiana I don't know which I liked more- at times I was thinking I liked Garp more, but if I went back and read Meany, I'd probably flip flop. 2d
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readordierachel
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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.

#maymoviemagic
@Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

Reagan-reads Oh I really enjoyed that book! 3w
candority I saw this at a used bookstore today, but decided not to buy it. Now I‘m intrigued 🤔 Plus, seeing it twice in one day must be a sign, right? 😂 3w
readordierachel @Reagan-reads I think I liked it, too! But it's been a while. 3w
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readordierachel @candority The universe is telling you to buy it! 3w
Reagan-reads @readordierachel I remember that car accident but I also read this a long time ago. I tried reading A Prayer for Owen Meany and I just kept thinking I should reread Garp. 🤷‍♀️ 3w
Cinfhen I should read this!!! And yes @candority it‘s a sign !!! 3w
BarbaraBB Great choice for this prompt. I know exactly which scene you mean 😲 3w
Reggie The kid loses an eye but doesn‘t something else happen to somebody else? The mom‘s arm breaks? He hits her from behind? I just liked this book because if you ever want the anti-openending this is it. Lol 3w
rohit-sawant John Irving is another writer I've been meaning to read. 3w
Joyfulmimi I actually really appreciate you sharing about the car accident which will keep me from reading this book and being triggered. I drive a lot and have a phobia about being in a car accident. (edited) 3w
readordierachel @BarbaraBB It's haunting 😱 3w
readordierachel @Reggie It's wild. Garp's wife is performing oral sex on a dude in the other car (that Garp hits) and she bites some of his penis off and I think breaks some teeth or something? 😱 3w
readordierachel @rohit-sawant I've only read this and The Hotel New Hampshire, but I remember liking them, although it was a long time ago. 3w
readordierachel @Joyfulmimi Car accidents are so scary! 3w
gradcat I‘d forgotten that accident until now, and funnily enough, now I remember it quite clearly. I read a good few of his books back in the day...it‘s been eons though. I remember being obsessed with the books mentioned here. 3w
readordierachel @gradcat Yeah, even though I only read a couple of his books, I was really into him. For some reason I never think to pick up another one now. It's so interesting how we grow and change as readers. 3w
gradcat I truly think his appeal wears off after awhile...maybe the books are for younger folks—I‘m probably too old now! 😂 3w
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Pricel101
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#ThrowbackThursday
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?

AmyG Both are favorites of mine, too. 2mo
readordierachel I read Garp in high school and loved it. Sophie's Choice has always scared me. Too sad! 2mo
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Amiable
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Happy birthday to my favorite author! No, not Dr. Seuss (although he‘s pretty cool, too) — John Irving! He is 77 today. 🎂🧁

kspenmoll ❤️ 3mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#ANewChapter #IllAlwaysLoveThisBook I love the movie too! That‘s rare.

Andrew65 Totally agree. Great book, great film, great performance by Robin Williams. 5mo
Trashcanman 👁️👁️ 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm More love for Irving for today‘s prompt! 5mo
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Leftcoastzen @Andrew65 I had a Garp moment.I was removing my Christmas Iights , I‘m on a small street, people are driving too fast , kids,dogs ,cats,etc. are out.I can visualize scene where Williams as Garp takes on the speeding work truck!😡 (edited) 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 5mo
BookwormM Amazing book I haven‘t seen the film 5mo
vkois88 I've heard great things about this one 4mo
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Readage
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"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."

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Freespirit Wonderful book 5mo
Readage @Freespirit Reading again. Read so many years ago I don't remember anything!! 5mo
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Readage

"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."

Bookish.SAM such a great book! This little reminder makes me want to give it another go. 5mo
Readage @Bookish.SAM 👍😉 5mo
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Readage
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• FOR REAL THO!! •

Savedbygrace My exact feeling this morning 😌 5mo
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seydoggy
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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.

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seydoggy
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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.

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Eggbeater
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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.

gossamerchild John Irving is wonderful 🤩🤩 6mo
Amiable John Irving is my favorite author 6mo
tpixie I‘ve never read this book but Robin Williams was wonderful in the movie! 6mo
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Eggbeater
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I have this problem! As if someone will suddenly see they are wrong because of my sarcasm and vitriol and stop being sexist pricks or whatever the issue is. 😂

MommyWantsToReadHerBook If only! 😂 6mo
CrowCAH Good luck with your noveling aspirations! I‘m working on one, too!!! 6mo
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Eggbeater
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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.

GingerAntics I'm going to have to check out this book. I grew up in a house where every adult woman held a job, yet the oldest one always said "feminists and lesbians are what's wrong with the world." ? so dumb. She's rolling over in her grave now at my feminism, I'm sure. (edited) 6mo
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IamIamIam
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Interesting article from Esquire about how Irving feels about Garp's relativity to society 40 years later.

https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/books/a25226509/john-irving-the-world-acco...

Trashcanman I want to thank you Jessica for your support. It means more than you know, truly. 5mo
IamIamIam @Trashcanman I'm happy to be here for you!!! 🤟😉🤗 5mo
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Andrew65
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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

BookwormM I must read this as I have read and loved Owen Meany and Cider House 7mo
Andrew65 @BookwormM Hope you enjoy it if you read it. I need to read more John Irving. 7mo
Leftcoastzen It is one of my all time favorites! 7mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#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.😀

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choice!! I love Cyril 💙💙 7mo
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zsuzsanna_reads
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My teething baby managed to get hold of my book and ate part of the afterword. 🤦

#the_real_bookworm

laurenbescoby Know those feels. My one year old ripped my copy of Of Mice and Men in half. Babies and books do not mix. 😬 8mo
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Addison_Reads
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"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. ?

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Addison_Reads
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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. 💚💜

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walryan5
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Great book. His second best.

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Gloryfindel

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.

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Lauren.Archer
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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.

Jeg I read this many years ago and all I can remember is that at the time I loved it. I think I might still have my copy. 11mo
Copwithabook I have a special place in my heart for A Prayer for Owen Meany 11mo
Nonaroo I love this book!! I‘m glad you enjoyed it. You know, I have never read A Prayer for Owen Meany and I need to! (edited) 11mo
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TheWildCard This is my favorite Irving, too. There‘s just something about it that goes right to my core. 11mo
violabrain This is one of my all-time favorite books. I‘ve read it so many times! I love Owen Meany too. To me, these two books are apples and oranges. You just can‘t compare them. 11mo
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purebugbeauty72
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Seven day FB challenge pick. 2# of 2 for this day. Both John Irving.

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Lauren.Archer
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Taking a break from all these new summer books to read this one from John Irving‘s backlist.

Lmstraubie Another movie I didn't realize was a boot first! 11mo
jdiehr I love John Irving! 11mo
BookNAround I read this when I was 12 (snuck it off my parents‘ shelves) and I still remember some of the pivotal scenes from it even though I‘m now 47. It clearly made a huge impact on my innocent little self. 😂 11mo
Reggie I love the ending of this one because it is definite. You know how everyone ends. 11mo
purebugbeauty72 Bring your Kleenex!!! 😭😭😭😭😭😭 11mo
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lia
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"You know, everybody dies. My parents died. Your father died. Everybody dies. I'm going to die too. So will you. The thing is, to have a life before we die. It can be a real adventure having a life"

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Leftcoastzen
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lauren.lerner One of my all time faves!! Loaned it to a friend so I couldn‘t photograph it for my #7favesin7days. Guess I‘ll just have to do another round sometime soon!! 😉 13mo
Leftcoastzen I love this prompt , it is beautiful in its simplicity.👍😊Thanks! 13mo
kamoorephoto I saw a lady reading this on the bus the other day!! 13mo
hilded Love this book:) 13mo
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Eggbeater
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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 !

#TuesdayTidbits @JenlovesJT47

AmyG I loved Grace and Franke. 13mo
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Leftcoastzen
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@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!

hermyknee Awesome post and awesome mug! 🙌🏽😂♥️ 14mo
RealBooks4ever Love the mug! 💜 Hey, how about that 14th inning walkoff HR by Cutch? ⚾ I say he's officially a Giant now. 14mo
Leftcoastzen @RealBooks4ever When he was walking up to the plate I was saying Oh please , Oh please...an epic at bat and an epic moment! Giant initiation complete!⚾️❤️👍 14mo
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Leftcoastzen @RealBooks4ever FYI Dodger pitcher Font gave up the single in the 15th inning when Dbacks beat Dodgers last Monday !!He‘s had a bad week. 14mo
Andrew65 Love this book! 14mo
Leftcoastzen @Andrew65 Me too! On the verge of reading it again . 14mo
Andrew65 @Leftcoastzen Did you ever see the film with Robin Williams? 14mo
Leftcoastzen @Andrew65 Yes , love the film as well. 14mo
Andrew65 @Leftcoastzen Me too! 😊 14mo
Suet624 Save the therapist bills and share, share, share on Litsy! 13mo
Leftcoastzen @Suet624 👍😂 13mo
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Dulcinella
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#trivialthursday
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

Eggbeater The World According to Garp is one of my all-time favorites! 💕 1y
Dulcinella @Eggbeater great minds 😉 1y
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AGirlAndHerBooks
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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!

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anniehartnett
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Finished Garp last night, loved it so much that I bought A Prayer for Owen Meany today at Mercer St Books in Seattle. #johnirving

brendanmleonard I love Irving - one of my favorite authors! Discovering him for the first time is a rare pleasure. (edited) 1y
auntie_jenn if you like Irving, i recommend John Boyne‘s latest, which he dedicated to Irving. 1y
anniehartnett @auntie_jenn I'll definitely read it! Thanks! 1y
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anniehartnett
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Xmas eve heaven

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jdtchicago

They were involved in that awkward procedure of getting to unknow each other.

Cathythoughts Good one 👍 2y
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writerlibrarian
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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 😂 ❤️

walryan5 I love this book too. I just think that Cider House Rules is a bit better. But Irving is the modern day Dickens in my opinion!! 7mo
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SigismundGosch
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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.

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KaraTimmins

Each time she saw her brothers, her mother, and her father, they were more uncomfortable in one another's presence. They were involved in that awkward procedure of getting to unknow each other.

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bitterbear
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drokka I had to think this one through, and realized you weren't buying lime squeezies in bulk. I hope you enjoy the fairy's gift 2y
bitterbear @drokka I was the fairy.. Hopefully someone enjoys it.. 2y
drokka Oh, I misunderstood. Good spot though! Fiction in the avocado. 2y
bitterbear @drokka I wasn't very clear... 😘 2y
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MandaChittles
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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...

Bambolina_81 Sounds intriguing...stacked! 2y
MandaChittles @Bambolina_81 I'm still in shock. I was getting frustrated with the story not really going anywhere. It was just all about the character development. And about 3/4 through was the cracking part.... I just found out today that it was made into a film staring Robin Williams. I'll watch it when I finish the novel. 2y
minkyb Don't you love when this happens on the train! 2y
GuiltyFeat I read Garp around 30 years ago but I remember each of those narrative gut punches as if it were yesterday. I still get goosebumps thinking about Ellen James. 2y
MandaChittles @GuiltyFeat oh Ellen James!!! 2y
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MandaChittles
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Just finished the first chapter. The creation of Garp! Just wow! It has a "Confederacy of Dunces" flavour to it...

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Rachel.Rencher
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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!

Lucas.Rencher I miss Gilmore Girls it was the best! 2y
Rachel.Rencher @Lucas.Rencher Right! I bought every book on the reading list when I found it. 😂 2y
Andrew65 I agree about The Gilmore Girls, and also loved The World According to Garp. 2y
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AmyG Great book. 2y
andrew61 One of my top 5 books of all time. My wife and 15 year old daughter are currently watching the series from scratch so i hear it in background as i try to read. I didn't know about rory's reading list! 2y
Rachel.Rencher @andrew61 Oh, wow! That's awesome. Yeah, if you Google "Rory Gilmore reading list" it pops up a list of every book mentioned on the show. Great stuff! 2y
Heidi2 Loved it!!! 2y
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Rachel.Rencher

"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."

Lucas.Rencher Sounds like a good book full of deep messages 2y
Andrew65 I loved this book when I read it many years ago, also made into a film starring the late great Robin Williams. 2y
Rachel.Rencher @Andrew65 I didn't know that! I'll have to watch it. 2y
Andrew65 @Rachel.Rencher Unbelievable, just checked and it was 1982! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084917/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 2y
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Leftcoastzen
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#maybookflowers #booksaboutmothers Garp is equally about outsider ,feminist, mother,and world class character Jenny Fields as it is about T.S.Garp.Both will be overprotective parents ,as were mine, I will always love this book.FYI retail price of hardcover in '76? $10.95

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Rachel.Rencher
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My last book haul from Thrift Books! I decided to buy some indie books that I normally wouldn't buy. Anyone have a favorite indie book? 🤓

Lucas.Rencher I love thrift books! 2y
nikki.82 Thriftbooks is my favorite! My wish list is so long lol 2y
tragically-beautiful-stars ThriftBooks is amazing. It helps when you need books for college lit class and you are too cheap to by a new copy of the books. 2y
Rachel.Rencher @tragically-beautiful-stars I hardly ever buy new books 😂 2y
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andrew61
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Im not sure about the idea of a mini series of one of my top 5 books especially as i associate it so much with a borrowed vhs of the film with robin Williams - who knows it could be brilliant!

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Leftcoastzen
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#titleswithapropername read about half of these titles,especially love pulp era "Lilly Crackell" cover.I will always love Garp!

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Erik3003
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He was no reader - no match for Helen, or Jenny, for example. Garp's way with a story was to find one he liked and read it again and again; it would spoil him for reading another story for a while.

Gnoe 😁 2y
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Joybishoptx
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My #retrorereads list for 2017. Eight books, none I've ever taught but all contributed to my love of reading and studying literature. It will be nice to revisit them. Ignore my terrible handwriting.

saresmoore Your handwriting is not terrible and anyway, I'm a sucker for a list of books in colored ink! These are great choices! 2y
DGRachel Ooh, I love Jane Eyre and The Hunchback of Norte Dame. That's a great list! 2y
Joybishoptx @saresmoore thanks! I think I have horrible handwriting thanks to being a leftie but I love my colored felt tip pens! 2y
Joybishoptx @DGRachel I can't wait to read both! 2y
MrBook Nice! 2y
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