Friday, December 22, 2006

Book review: A Prayer for Owen Meany

This book was fantastic, I really wonder to myself what on earth have I been reading for the last 27 years. There is so much great literature I have missed out on. I am not one for making new year resolutions but maybe I will make a return to England resolution to read more good books and watch less rubbish TV when I go home.

Anyway back to Owen Meany, set mostly in the 50's and 60's in a small town. Telling the tale of Johnny Wheelwright (the narrator) and his best friend Owen Meany. Owen Meany has shall we say 'special powers' and the book gives you that 'everything happens for a reason' feeling. I will not tell you what this pair got up to. The book is funny, sad and very bizarre at times. However it is very enjoyable and fun to read. Owen Meany is a funny little boy who firmly believes he is on earth for a reason. The book makes some great observations about family life and although it may not keep you guessing it is a very enjoyable read.

4 comments:

David Sewall said...

I have not yet read this book but I wonder if this in any way resembles the real Rev. John Wheelwright (see: http://famousamericans.net/johnwheelwright/ ).

alison said...

Hello Heather pleased to hear that you enjoyed reading John Irving. I remember reading the Garp book and seeing the film afterwards. Very amusing.

Anonymous said...

Heather,
I am now seeing the movie.It is very moving and it so upseting but there are some comical parts in it.I hope i will be able to read the book in the future.

JESSY OCONNOR FROM KETTERING OHIO said...

OMG GOD TALK AB SAD!! IM GOING TO KILL MYSELF!