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The Resource The world according to Garp, John Irving

The world according to Garp, John Irving

Label
The world according to Garp
Title
The world according to Garp
Statement of responsibility
John Irving
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Irving's novel opens in Boston, 1942, with the introduction of T.S. Garp's mother, Jenny Fields. Jenny is an independent woman ahead of the times. She quits college to become a nurse when she decides that higher education for women is meant to groom them for marriage. Jenny has little tolerance for the behavior of men, as demonstrated by the incident that opens the book. A soldier in a movie theater attempts to fondle Jenny. She uses a scalpel she carries in her purse to slice his arm from shoulder to wrist. She is perturbed when the authorities, as well as her own brothers, suggest that she has some kind of relationship with the man. She is released when it is discovered that the man has a wife and child in New York. The incident, along with the treatment she receives from her wealthy family, reinforces her beliefs about men, ... This is the life and times of T.S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her time. 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
Summary
T. S. Garp, a man with high ambitions for an artistic career and with obsessive devotion to his wife and children, and Jenny Fields, his famous feminist mother, find their lives surrounded by an assortment of people including teachers, whores, and radicals
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
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035739
Cataloging source
BNB
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1942-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Irving, John
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Eccentrics and eccentricities
  • Mothers and sons
  • Women
  • Feminists
Target audience
adult
Label
The world according to Garp, John Irving
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Originally published: London : Gollancz, 1978
Control code
000004872407
Dimensions
20cm.
Extent
591 p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780552992053
Isbn Type
(pbk)
System control number
(OCoLC)59203246
Label
The world according to Garp, John Irving
Publication
Bibliography note
Originally published: London : Gollancz, 1978
Control code
000004872407
Dimensions
20cm.
Extent
591 p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780552992053
Isbn Type
(pbk)
System control number
(OCoLC)59203246

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