So, as you may remember, this book took me three tries to get through. I originally started in early December and finished in late February. The process was brutal, but I made it!
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany is the inspiring modern classic that introduced two of the author’s most unforgettable characters, boys bonded forever in childhood: the stunted Owen Meany, whose life is touched by God, and the orphaned Johnny Wheelwright, whose life is touched by Owen. From the accident that links them to the mystery that follows them–and the martyrdom that parts them–the events of their lives form a tapestry of fate and faith in a novel that is Irving at his irresistible best.
While this book was long (637 pages), there was something that kept me coming back to it. I would read a bit, get bored, abandon it for other books, come back to it, get bogged down – it was a vicious cycle. Yet, even with the struggles that came with trying to be invested in the characters and get into the plotline, this story was always in the back of my mind. It intrigued me. I wanted to know what happened.
At the start of the book, the ending is told to you. But you don’t know how or why it happens, and that’s the bulk of the plot. You follow the main character and his best friend, Owen, throughout their entire lives – tragedy and triumph, pranks and prejudice. It’s a touching story, and certainly one that speaks to the bond of lifelong friendship. It’s well written and poignant, but not too stuffy (if that makes any sense). It doesn’t take itself too seriously and speaks about America during a time of war and uncertainty.
In short, I’m glad I stuck it out and finished reading it. Most of the big things are explained in the end (which is a big plus for me) and while I don’t know if I’ll be rereading it anytime soon, it was nice to get a break from my normal genre and try something new.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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