I recently read and enjoyed John Irving's The World According to Garp
and The Hotel New Hampshire
, and was wondering what other novels, by other authors, people have enjoyed that have a similar subject matter and vibe to Garp
-- specifically, birth-to-death stories of writers or creative individuals, with leisurely, meandering plots and profound things to say about living, loving, and learning. This thread
had some good suggestions, but I was looking for something more specifically Garp
-y -- set in the 20th/21st century, with a middle-class male protagonist in fairly mundane circumstances (nothing fantastical or on the fringes of society), and spans the entire life of the protagonist. Mood should be melancholic but not overly bleak. Thanks for any suggestions.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by El Sabor Asiatico
at 12:13 PM on February 21, 2013