Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I seem to be 30 years behind everyone else
Why have I never read The World According to Garp?. Written by John Irving (oh, I just realised we share the same birthday, albeit 16 years apart), this is an absolutely fantastic book. I should have known I would like it because one of my favourite singers - Al Stewart - wrote a song about it (available on a fans-only CD) and there was also a successful film starring Robin Williams (playing one of his less excitable roles from what I've read). I'm about a third of the way through and have already planned on buying Hotel New Hampshire when I've finished - that is also meant to be a masterpiece
There are often authors/musicians/films/plays out there that have taken on legendary status and one always means to find out more about them but forgets. I only got a copy of 'Garp' when I recently took a pile of unwanted paperbacks to a new English expat shop here. They have a swap club; I took in 14 and came home with some gems - an Asimov and Le Carre (can't do accents any more now I'm using Ubuntu) that Mr FF had not read, a Kate Atkinson that I'd not read and loads more good sounding titles - the jewel being 'Garp'. I also got a large jar of marmite at the very good price of €4 (it's that price for a small jar here in the supermarkets).
Marmite on toast and books - it's the simple pleasures that are best of all.