Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Moment of Silence for Owen Meany

When I read a really, really good book I have a hard time beginning a new one. Different than the restless reader's block I experience from time to time, where I just can't seem to settle on a particular book, this is more about digestion of ideas and a reluctant good bye to characters that have newly become a part of my own emotional it is with "A Prayer for Owen Meany".

It was on my "to read" list for years, but my friend Mel's love for John Irving finally gave me the impetus to bump it to the top. Well written, definitely. Irving's manipulation of the timeline in this book is masterful. Thought provoking...belief vs. doubt, predestination, the power of religion...I am left with a lot to mentally chaw on. But the genius of the book lays in the character of Owen Meany, the strange little guy, with the permanent scream and the unshakable faith. A character that could have so easily become a caricature or a mere curiosity, becomes a revelation of humanity and spirituality.

Owen Meany went straight to my heart like an arrow. I am pierced with him...wounded, heavy, bleeding thought and feeling.

I need a minute, time to digest, time to mourn, time to recover.

A moment of silence for Owen Meany if you will.


  1. One of my favorite books by one of my top ten favorite authors.

  2. E, I am so glad you loved Owen too. He will always have a special place in my heart, magical, tragic and unforgettable. I met a college student who told me he had no clue what he wanted to do with his life, until he took an english class and read Owen Meany. That book changed my life, he said. I knew I had to be an english major when I read it. I wish I had found it a little sooner - I was knee deep in diapers and postpartum doldrums when I read it. I cried for days. Bought three copies and gave them to people I love and said please read this, and give it to someone else to read when you are done. And tell me what you thought. It resonates, doesn't it?

    Don't be sad for too long, Owen lives in our hearts. And John Irving raises the bar for fiction, doesn't he?

    Hope your Halloween was yummy, I ate too much candy!!!

  3. Sounds like a great book (and I really like the cover), I will look up the storyline at amazon's.
    Thank for your nice comment, enjoy your day! :)


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