The World According to Garp: A Novel (Modern Library)

The World According to Garp: A Novel (Modern Library) by John Irving 0679603069 9780679603061
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The World According to Garp is a comicand compassionate coming-of-age novel that established John Irving as one of the most imaginative writers of his generation. A worldwide bestseller since its publication in 1978, Irvings classic is filled with stories inside stories about the life and times of T. S. Garp, novelist and bastard son of Jenny Fields--a feminist leader ahead of her time. Beyond that, The World According to Garp virtually defies synopsis. ----Nothing in contemporary fiction matches it, said critic Terrence Des Pres. Irvings blend of gravity and play is unique, audacious, almost blasphemous. . . . Friendship, marriage and family are his primary themes, but at that blundering level of life where mishap and folly--something close to joyful malice--perpetually intrude and disrupt, often fatally. Life, in Irvings fiction, is always under siege. Time magazine commented: Irvings popularity is not hard to understand. His world is really the world according to nearly everyone. ----This Modern Library edition includes a new Introduction by the author. The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editons of impor-tant works of literature and thought. For the Modern Librarys seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torchbearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inaugurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the worlds best books, at the best prices.

Author: John Irving

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 720

Publisher: Modern Library

Publication Date: 1998-04-20


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