The World According to Garp

John Irving


Why The World According to Garp and Mount Washington

I chose this novel for the writer – John Irving. He has been one of my favorite writers for many years. Irving has written quite a number of novels set in New Hampshire, including The World According to Garp. Garp is the novel that made Irving a literary superstar and I think it’s still one of his best. The book was also adapted into a 1982 film starring Robin Williams, Glenn Close and John Lithgow.

More About The World According to Garp


The World According to Garp is John Irving‘s fifth novel, a literary Künstlerroman about a man born out of wedlock to a feminist leader who grows up to be a writer. Published in 1978, the book was a bestseller for several years. It was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction in 1979, and its first paperback edition won the Award the following year.

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.”

John Irving (born John Wallace Blunt, Jr. on March 2, 1942) is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim after the international success of The World According to Garp in 1978. Some of Irving’s novels, such as The Cider House Rules , A Prayer for Owen Meany, and A Widow for One Year (1998), have been bestsellers. Five of his novels have been adapted to film. Several of Irving’s books (Garp, Meany, A Widow for One Year) and short stories have been set in and around Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1999 for his script The Cider House Rules.