The World According to Garp Essay

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In the following review, Moynahan speculates on the relation of the Irving's fictional world to his real-world experiences.

The World According to Garp shows that John Irving is haunted by the high level of quotidian American violence and the vulnerability of American lives. He can't get the frequency of assassination as a method of settling our domestic political and social quarrels out of his mind; and he is tormentedly aware of something like a war on women going on in our society as women's struggle for real equality continues and intensifies. He has not, however, arrived at wisdom on any of these matters. Apart from Andrew Greeley and some other heavy-breathing pundits, who has?. . .

Through its formal convolutions and sinuosities this novel is . . . a sort of treatise on how reality is processed by fiction; it takes a sophisticated view of the relations in art between the imaginary and...

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