Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"A Prayer for Owen Meany" A Miracle of a Book

I recently finished reading "A Prayer for Owen Meany," by John Irving, and although I don't intend to write a complete review, I feel compelled to recommend it. If I had to pick a single theme for this book I would probably have to go with "faith," and as I believe in the power of faith for healing, I think this book meets the criteria for this site.

A Prayer for Owen Meany chronicles the relationship of two boys, coming of age in New Hampshire in the 1950s and 1960s. Owen Meany and John Wheelwright come from "different sides of the track." The former is the son of a blue collar quarry man and the latter comes from "old money." Their differences--their quirks if you will--make them perfect for each other and they develop a life-long friendship, so strong, that nothing can tear it apart. Their friendship survives a war and even the death of John's mother, killed by an errant foul ball hit by Owen Meany in a little league game.

This story of hope and unshakable faith is soooooooo good that I dare not say anything else, for fear of giving something away. What I will say is, if you have the time, this book is a must read. If you enjoy a book that forces you to look at yourself and ask what's really important, A Prayer for Owen Meany is a book you will certainly enjoy.


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