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."...Continua
A book about life. Sometimes characters do not seem real. It's a very strong book. Very well written
I had never read nothing of John Irving before, 'The World According To Garp', but what I want immediately say about it, it's that I felt in love with this novel from the first page. John Irving it's able to create immediately an interesting and weird atmosphere that inevitably make the reader litterally being involved into a viral fascination for all the characters of the novel (especially for the two main characters of course, T.S. Garp and his mother, Jenny Fields) and what are actually their happenings. It's that kind of novel that could be considered as a 'kunstlerroman', a narrative about an artists's growth to maturity, but this would surely be a true simple definition for a novel so full of contents like this one. John Irving himself declared that he exactly didn't know at the moment what the novel it was about and that to try to find a solution he asked his son, that was actually about twelve years old, to read it and to say to him what he thought about it. His conclusion was definitely that the novel it wasn't about 'luxury', and I completely agree with him, but about what are the anxieties of a father and this remarked in a certain sense the fact that, despite all the differences (we are talking about a fiction novel), Irving probably saw in Garp something that also it's part of him. I mostly agree with him, I mean of coruse he wrote the novel and what he says it's necessearly important to describe the opera, but I also would like to consider, 'The World According To Garp', like a book in which is well explained what are actually the difficulties for all the men (and women, of course!) to enter in touch and have free relationships of any kind without any suspects. So in this sense the book it's about anxiety, but not only about the anxiety of a father. It's about the anxiety that everyone of us has got inside himself and that becomes later a sort of bareer into communication, ending sometimes into tragical events, like violence or just completely solitude.
E' successa una cosa imprevedibile...più si allontana il giorno in cui ho chiuso il libro e più Garp gironzola nella mia mente. Penso a lui prima di dormire, mentre sono al supermercato e quando lavoro (ad esempio, in questo momento).
Ho chiuso il libro tirando un sospiro di sollievo come se fossi arrivata al traguardo della maratona di N.Y....esausta. Per me Irving è faticoso, racconta tutto nei minimi particolari minando pesantemente la mia (scarsa) concentrazione. In vari momenti ho pensato di arrendermi, mi sono chiesta più volte perchè mi stavo imponendo questa lettura...c'era una vocina che continuava ad incitarmi a resistere...per fortuna. Dico per fortuna ora che sono passati più di 20 giorni da quando l'ho chiuso e rimesso sulla libreria; pensavo di averlo archiviato per sempre e invece eccolo qua il mio amico Garp che lascia il segno, che ti entra nelle vene senza rendertene conto.
Consiglio vivamente questa lettura originale. Irving nel suo romanzo migliore pieno di storie nella storia e di personaggi visionari. Stephen King lo cita mi sembra in Misery riguardo ad una scena toccante che io stessa non dimenticherò mai...Continua
libro lungo e altalenante in ritmo, grottesco quanto basta per essere geniale, con momenti davvero altissimi e qualche lungaggine (il finale in cui va avanti per pagine a dire che fine fanno tutti i personaggi l'avrei evitato)...da leggere assolutamente comunque...Continua