From the moment of his unconventional conception, Garp's life is full of unusual events and characters. Through it all he maintains a zest for life and embraces it wholeheartedly, along with a strong love for his family. If you haven't read anything by John Irving, "The World According to Garp" is a great place to start
This is one of my favorite books, one that I pick up time and time again to read. I even love opening it up to a random page and reading an excerpt once in a while. Irving creates a sprawling novel that starts with the story behind the conception of T.S. Garp and follows him to the end of his life, introducing quirky and unforgettable characters along the way. I've often compared this story to a warm, comforting blanket that takes you in and wraps you up from beginning to end. There's just too much that happens to try to summarize it all here.
Bottom Line: Definitely worth the read. If you like it, also check out "A Widow for One Year."
I don't know what the big fuss was about with this book. I love John Irving's books but I feel this is not his best. However, if you enjoy stories about war and about people who are all crazy, you might like it.