The World According to Garp - John Irving Many years ago I watched the movie that starred some of my all-time favourite actors: Glenn Close, John Lithgow and Robin Williams. I loved the movie so much that I decided to read the book (in fact, this is one of the first books that I have read as an adult), and I'm glad I did. In spite of it's ending I think that this book is the most optimistic and life-affirming book that I have ever read. I absolutely love it, and I find it hard to imagine how anyone could not love it - or at the very least enjoy it.