A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

owen_meanyThis was my first encounter with John Irving, and it was a pleasant one.  Owen Meany is a wonderful creation.  I enjoyed his the interesting device that Irving employed to describe Owen’s unusual voice – setting all of Owen’s dialogue in CAPITAL LETTERS.  It was a compelling book with a great, story, and is conveniently set in Toronto not too far from where I live now.  One can imagine Grandaddy Irving telling the long tale of Owen Meany, along with some cantakerous interjections about the Vietnam war, to a clutter of grandchildren by a fireplace who really only hanker after candy.



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