Study Guide

The World According to Garp Tough-o-Meter

By John Irving


(4) Base Camp

You're not going to run into anything too difficult in The World According to Garp. Irving is a master at creating straight-forward yet compelling plots—that's why his books make such excellent films. That said, there's ample food for thought in this book, so while you can breeze through it, if you take your time, we promise it'll be worth your while. There's a reason people have been reading this book for generations, and it's not just because it isn't too tricky; it's because it's thought provoking, too.