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Good, but not great political literature.
am 20. Juni 2000
John Irving became one of my favorite writers for a few simple reasons; he created flawed, yet tremendous, characters and his sense of timing for revealing information is incredible. The World According to Garp is a perfect example of his excellence, he created a world and reveals it to the reader in such a charming and simplistic way that it is impossible to summize the feeling of the book without reading the entire novel cover to cover. The Cider House does not compete. It is still head and shoulders above much of the fiction out there and an excellent read in general, but it does not have the 'star' power of some of Irvings other books. The characters are interesting, but a little too cliche, lacking commitment to the unexpected. This complaint is true to the plot of the book; it is derived, and unlike any other Irving book I have read, completely predictable. Unfortunately the characters are not enough to pull the book out of this problem. In my personal opinion, Irving sacrificed some of his natural story-telling ability in order to write a simple polemic on abortion. Characters blend together in order to state, justify, and restate his pro-choice stance. He covers every conceivable angle of the issue, and while I have no problem with the issue itself, I would prefer my authors to the leave the politics out of their fiction. All in all, this book is more entertaining that 90 percent of the other works out there, and worth the read, especially if one is a true Irving fan. The World According to Garp, however, remains one of my favorite all time reads.