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The World According to Garp

Irving, John

Published by Dutton Adult, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1978
ISBN 10: 0525237704 / ISBN 13: 9780525237709
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Title: The World According to Garp

Publisher: Dutton Adult, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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0525237704 This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards, spine and endpages are As New. The gilt/lettering is pristine. No Remainder mark. Not Ex-Lib. The dustjacket is bright, with minor wear and tears to the edges and extremities. Brodart protected (minimizing wear). Original price intact. This is the blockbuster novel later made in to the movie. Bookseller Inventory # 000394

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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 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. "Irving's 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 Irving's fiction, is always under siege." Time magazine commented: "Irving's 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 Library's 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 world's best books, at the best prices.

Product Description: The Fourth Hand asks an interesting question: ?How can anyone identify a dream of the future?? The answer: ?Destiny is not imaginable, except in dreams or to those in love."

While reporting a story from India, a New York television journalist has his left hand eaten by a lion; millions of TV viewers witness the accident. In Boston, a renowned hand surgeon awaits the opportunity to perform the nation?s first hand transplant; meanwhile, in the distracting aftermath of an acrimonious divorce, the surgeon is seduced by his housekeeper. A married woman in Wisconsin wants to give the one-handed reporter her husband?s left hand? that is, after her husband dies. But the husband is alive, relatively young, and healthy.

This is how John Irving?s tenth novel begins; it seems, at first, to be a comedy, perhaps a satire, almost certainly a sexual farce. Yet, in the end, The Fourth Hand is as realistic and emotionally moving as any of Mr. Irving?s previous novels ? including The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and A Widow for One Year ? or his Oscar-winning screenplay of The Cider House Rules.

The Fourth Hand
is characteristic of John Irving?s seamless storytelling and further explores some of the author?s recurring themes ? loss, grief, love as redemption. But this novel also breaks new ground; it offers a penetrating look at the power of second chances and the will to change.

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