This story comes from
The World According to Garp, a novel that established John Irving as one of the greatest writers of our time. "The Pension Grillparzer" is quintessential Irving - a self-contained story-within-a-story that, like the novel as a whole, tells a vivid and engaging tale. The Grillparzer Hotel, inhabited by odd circus performers including a bear and a frighteningly accurate teller of dreams, wants a better rating to attract more tourists, so it must undergo the scrutiny of the Austrian Tourist Bureau.
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The World According to Garp, Irving effects just the right tone of wistful reminiscence that gives the book its distinctive feel…the real treat here is Irving's storytelling as interpreted by Irving himself. (
"Full of vitality and grace...Study this sumptuous story with laughter, with excitement." ( The Boston Globe)
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