The World According to Garp is one of those books that is so unique that I think everyone should read it at some point in their life. The plot revolve...moreThe World According to Garp is one of those books that is so unique that I think everyone should read it at some point in their life. The plot revolves around a very interesting mother/son pair. Jenny, the mother, is an odd female nurse who seems asexual and has strong feminism ideas that perpetuate through the story. Most of the book is Garp, Jenny’s son, explaining how his mother came to write an auto-biography that makes her famous, all the while trying to maintain his role as an author himself. I would really love to tell you what the book is about, but I’m afraid I would give away the plot to a point that would ruin the story. Part of the fun of reading this book is in experiencing the dysfunction as the story unfolds, and I think it could ruin your chance of reading it if you know too much about the book going into it. Before reading it, though – be aware that there is a lot of sex and violence in the story. There are body parts constantly being lost in this book: tongues, eyes, ears, arms, male dangly bits, etc.
The reason that I am giving the book 4 stars instead of 5 is merely a style issue that I dislike. I don’t usually enjoy reading books that have a novel/novella inside the novel itself that I have to read. The World According to Garp is about a writer, so there are several little stories you have to endure while reading.
I did re-watch the movie after finishing this book. It’s quite different than the books in a lot of respects, though the spirit is true to the storyline I think :)(less)
I wish that my intellectual-side would resurface so I could appreciate this femanism manifesto for its true worth... You know the twenty-something bis...moreI wish that my intellectual-side would resurface so I could appreciate this femanism manifesto for its true worth... You know the twenty-something bisexual liberal arts hey-hey-ho-ho-the patriarchy's got to go side... Unfortunately, the lazy married forget the Bryn Mawr degree side of me won out. I found this text to be somewhat interesting, but very long-winded and a bit tedious. Oh well. At least I tried. :) (less)
I chose to read this because I had learned it was Katie MacAlister's first novel she had ever published. The premise was also something near and dear...moreI chose to read this because I had learned it was Katie MacAlister's first novel she had ever published. The premise was also something near and dear to my heart -- women's suffrage around the turn of the century in England.
It was a refreshing read. Witty and intelligent. It always moves me to read about the women fighting for suffrage and what they had to endure. This novel was heart-warming, but still had glimpses into the difficult path that women faced during that time period.
I highly recommend this novel as an intriguing look into a long-forgotten time period in women's history. I only wish I could read the other novel that the back claimed Marthe was writing as a sequel. Unfortunately, the ISBN doesn't appear to exist when you look at the book in goodread's database. Oh well :((less)