Overview From Barnes and Nobel
Today I will write a Review!! A book Review. I finished A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving last week. To say it was a powerful book would not be telling you the truth. It was a struggle to read for the most part. I zipped through the beginning. The part that describes Owen Meany and his friend, the narrator, John Wheelwright. And then we get to the 'guts' of the book. It went on and on and on.I had decided I didn't like Owen Meany at all. He seemed a bit spoiled, a bit pompous, a bit smug. But by the time I had gotten to the last, long chapter I was more than hooked. I was praying for Owen Meany myself. I knew he was going to die. We had known that for a good part of the book. But I knew I didn't want to let him go.Because like every character in the book, I was in love with this little guy. One of those books that you want to never end. Because the end is the reason for the beginning. The very first sentence of the book says it all:
"I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice-not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany." Even the author will tell you this is the most important sentence in the entire book.
I give A Prayer For Owen Meany 5 solid stars *****. This will be one of those books you will never forget. I know I won't!! As Owen Meany would say, everything happens for a reason...