Difficult to re-read this now and not know now what I didn't know then. The cultural moment of Garp -- Irving's sudden celebrity, the big movie they made out of it with big stars (must watch it again) -- overshadows the book.
The whole second half I had largely forgotten. But the first half is vivid. There is something about Irving's phrasing that is always memorable even if his characters seem more one-dimensional than real. The voice is something, though.