The World According to Garp Essay

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In the following review, Griffin discusses

The World According to Garp's lack of plot, vulgar comedy, and obsession with "kinky violence."

The World According to Garp

was, of course, 1978's Ragtime, which is to say that it is the most recent manifestation of the greatest-novel-of-thedecade. . . .

Mr. Irving's previous novels were much shorter than the Garp book, and they hadn't attracted a great deal of attention. True, the man was "one of the most imaginative writers of his generation" (Dutton), but then so was everybody else. Clearly it was going to take more than mere imagination to turn Mr. Irving into a major literary event. It was going to take greatness. Let's face it, it was going to take a little naked profundity. . . .

The World According to Garp does indeed have "extraordinary" qualities. Its plot, for one thing. Like so many extraordinary things, the story lacks, shall...

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