|Garp’s world is not beautiful, though it is really real in a crazy sense. His characters are so out of place that I’ve been wondering why exactly I liked this when I once mentioned that I loved the book. This misplaced world is actually THE world and I have the urge to re-read this novel, or at least parts of it, even if it’s unpleasant and shocking at times. You really get everything in this book and Garp is of course the center of it all. It feels that the reason for everything happening in this book is life and ultimately recognizing the life and uniqueness of each weird character, person, action. “Oh Boy!” Who would have thought I would give this book more than 4 stars.|
Mixed feelings about this one, left me with a bitter taste and a weird idea about something missing from it, yet not sure exactly what. Too much insane duplicity of character that overshadows the mystery of life as described shyly.
|Deliciously vicious, portraying a crazy reality in a coastal village in Indonesia, where the supernatural somehow is part of everyday life and where the the story of a dysfunctional family unfolds. What impressed me the most was the flow of the writing, the normality of the supernatural, the strength of the characters against all odds.|