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The World According to Garp

How come I never read this before?!  John Irving is absolutely brilliant.  The book was depressing and hopeful, amusing and disastrous.  It starts out with Jenny Fields, a nurse who intentionally impregnates herself by raping a terminal patient.  She names the boy Garp, and Jenny raises him on her own.

As Garp grows up, he encounters death and sexuality and everything that all adolescents suffer through, except his life is full of drama and insanity and chaos.  I swear, there was not a moment where I felt like “Yawn, I could see that coming.” I definitely enjoyed reading it and was genuinely surprised and anxious as the events unfolded.  Wonderfully written.


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

I quickly read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (free at Amazon!) by Washington Irving. It’s excellent! I guess I’ve been on a books-turned-into-movies kick… enough to warrant its own tag! So I really thought Legend of Sleepy Hollow was worlds better than that crappy movie they made. Sorry, Johnny Depp! I normally love Johnny Depp and I still loved his character in the movie but the Ichabod Crane in the story is so much more badass. He’s like this jack-of-all-trades who’s good at seriously everything, and of course everyone loves him because he’s the caring schoolteacher. He sees Katrina Van Tassel and loves her because she’s hot and all, but what really gets him going is imagining how delicious inheriting her father’s fortune will be. I love this part though:

…he would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the Devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was – a woman.

It’s great irony, but at the same time it does still seem to blame Katrina for his untimely end anyway because she for some unknown but presumably stupid reason decided she didn’t like him anymore. By the way, the stupid ending in the movie is thankfully not even remotely similar to the ending in the original story. It makes much more sense and is more realistic, if we can say that about legends…