'Like all extraordinary books, The World According to Garp defies synopsis', wrote the Chicago Sun Times when Garp was first published in 1978. It is a marvellous, important, permanent novel by a serious artist of remarkable powers. Garp is a book that captivates all who read it. Peopled with the most extraordinary characters you will ever meet, here is a novel that will make you laugh, make you weep, and, above all, make you think.
Every 10 years or so an American novel strikes a chord with the reading public and seems to define the age. Catch 22 was one such for the 1960s, and for the 1970s this novel by John Irving was another. Brilliant, picaresque and Dickensian, it challenges the bounds of fact and fiction digressing into feminism, sexuality and violence with stunning verve, and its frequent sentimentality cannot obscure either the comedy or the ultimate tragedy. First published in 1978. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: November 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.6 x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.42