The World According to Garp by John Irving
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The word "vainglorious" ran through my mind many times while reading this. It was so purposefully weird, slapdash, and unruly that I had the distinct impression that I was watching a cheeky stunt. A cheeky and almost sci-fi stunt .... on paper.
How indecent and purposeless and unholy can I make life seem, Irving must have muttered to himself, when he set out to write this. Honestly, even in the theater of the absurd, you come across at least one person who is not a defeated pagan. I think Irving has a fetish with the sad, half-souled, flunkees in this world.
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