This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields - a feminist leader ahead of her times. It is also 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 ...
This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields - a feminist leader ahead of her times. It is also 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. It provides almost cheerful, even hilarious evidence of its famous last line: "In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases."
Very Good. 0345418018. Signed by Irving on the title page. Light shelfwear, a couple of dog-eared pages. One of Irving's earlier novels, reprinted here with several pages of a reading group discussion guide at the rear.; Ballantine Reader's Circle; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 437 pages; Signed by Author.
Fine. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Signed by Author First Canadian edition....released as a PBO mass market original in Canada....although Irving is loath to sign paperbacks he has signed some...including a few Canadian ones for a friend-[ some suspicious ones have turned up recently at very unreasonable prices ]-although this copy has been read...the spine being slightly concave....not creased....it is near fine-& carries the provenance of Harbourfront reading series Impresario Greg Gatenby...a book for those whose collections extend beyond the obvious & commonly available items.
Good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 437 p. Audience: General/trade. Dutton, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Signed by Irving on a bookplate affixed to the title page. Bookhas a lean but otherwise VG. DJ has very minur fraying along the edges. Signed by Author
BOOK FINE. JACKET FINE. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on a special, decorative bookplate. AN EXTREMELY CLEAN, ATTRACTIVE COPY WITH A BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL DUSTJACKET IN NEW, GLOSSY BRODART. 1ST PRINTING. NOT PRICE CLIPPED. NO PREVIOUS OWNER MARKINGS. 432 pages. This is not a remainder or bookclub. A WONDERFUL COLLECTIBLE COPY IN GIFT GIVING CONDITION!
BOOK FINE. JACKET FINE. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Signed by Author SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on a special, decorative bookplate. AN EXTREMELY CLEAN, ATTRACTIVE COPY WITH A BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL DUSTJACKET IN NEW, GLOSSY BRODART. 1ST PRINTING. NOT PRICE CLIPPED. NO PREVIOUS OWNER MARKINGS. Dustjacket is NOT price clipped. This is not a remainder or bookclub. BEAUTIFUL, COLLECTIBLE COPY!
Signed by Author Near Fine hardcover in a Very Good dust jacket. SIGNED by Irving on the half-title page. Laid in is a handwritten note from Irving associate Donald Hendrie stating that "the other book" would be coming in another package, refering to another Irving book that Hendrie had signed for the previous owner. Former owner's name to the front paste-down, otherwise the book is clean and bright. The jacket is shelf worn, with two shallow tears to the upper rear panel and one to the lower rear panel, 2 with associated creasing. Images available. 437 pp.
First Modern Library edition of the author's breakthrough book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed byJohn Irving on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. The World According To Garp is a comic and 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, Irving's classic is filled with stories inside stories about the life of T.S. Garp, novelist and son of Jenny Fields. "There is something of Byron about John Irving. Not only is it that he woke after the publication of The World According To Garp to find himself famous, but the extremity of his opinions and the nervous violence of his language recall that intemperate noleman, and like Byron, he would certainly say that love is no sinecure" (Robertson Davies).
Near Fine in Very Good ++ jacket. Signed by Author Some darkening to top edge of pages. Overall, a very nice copy of the first edition of the author's scarce fourth book. The dust jacket maintains the $10.95 price on the upper edge of the front flap. The only flaw with the jacket is a moderate bit of scuffing to top of spine. This title is becoming difficult to find in collectible condition. Basis for the movie of the same name that starred Robin Williams. 437 pp. Signed by the author on a bookplate affixed to the half-title page.
BOOK NEAR FINE. JACKET NEAR FINE. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Signed by Author SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on a special, decorative bookplate. AN EXTREMELY CLEAN, ATTRACTIVE COPY WITH A BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL DUSTJACKET IN NEW, GLOSSY BRODART. 1ST PRINTING. NOT PRICE CLIPPED. NO PREVIOUS OWNER MARKINGS. 148 pages. This is not a remainder or bookclub. AN EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTIBLE COPY IN GIFT GIVING CONDITION!
New in very good dust jacket. Inscribed to owner and signed by author on the half-title page. The unclipped DJ has minor wear along the edges and a crease that runs up most of the cover. There is a small missing patch on the cover at the top of the spine; there's a glass ring water stain on the front board and an ink mark on the back; photograph is of copy for sale.
Another great book by John Irving. It's not quite up to the caliber of The Cider House Rules or A Prayer for Owen Meany, but it's still a fantastic book that is partially autobiographical of Irving himself. A great read.
Sep 16, 2008
Beware the Under Toad
An intricate, intimate and, at times, tedious examination of the life of a young, anxious writer. Little is left to the imagination as Mr. Irving covers the entire life and career of T.S. Garp?from conception to last breath?going so far as to include short stories and chapter excerpts from the character?s work (fictional fiction).
All of Mr. Irving?s familiar themes are here including strong feminist women, lust, single parenting, New England prep schools and sudden tragedy. The novel, however, is loose and sprawling. Both A Prayer for Owen Meaney and The Cider House Rules are more developed, better plotted novels. If you?re new to Irving, you should start there even though Garp is better known.
Jul 21, 2008
This is one of my favorite books. It has amazing characterization and it will always be a classic.
Apr 5, 2007
Cliches and Lust
As I read on the beach, people would wander up and ask if I was enjoying the book. I had no real answer. Irving puts forth that it is a book about lust and he is right. Life can be described as a competition of lusts (there are beneficial lusts, afterall), but there was far too much sexual lust for my taste. I still read it cover to cover. I can't quite explain why, but I know the answer lies with Garp... and Jenny and Helen and, appropriately, Jillsy. John Irving has created characters that stay with you. They make sense in their extremes. They are the salt of the earth and are caricatures. You will grow so attached to them that you will feel genuine disappointment at their mistakes and heartache at their hurts. I didn't realize how wonderfully constructed the characters were until it was time to give them up.
Irving pulls no punches, so know that anything can happen once you pick up this book. Be willing to be appalled, challenged, inspired and left without answers. Perhaps the only commercial part of the book is that there is an epilogue. The answers that you are left without are the ones that arise within you when you have laid the book aside. I hate to use the old cliche, but it happens. Garp turns your insides around and, once it is over, you are left to ask some hard questions. I don't know how, but John Irving does that every time. That is why this review is not about his writing, but about his ideas. His writing is top-of-the-line. The story catches you before you know it. That is what he does. You don't need this review to know that.
Did I like it? I'm still not sure. I know that I am not ready to trade in my copy to the used bookstore. I think it will remain in my collection for some time.
(A small recommendation goes to those of you who have not read any other books by John Irving. Read "A Prayer for Owen Meany," then read this. Owen is a gentler beginning than Garp.)
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