A Prayer for Owen Meany
I know many people go back and read books they love over and over, particularly the classics. I do not fall under that category. I move forward, just like everything else I do, it is about the new new.
On Xmas vacation this year, I had given Emily A Prayer for Owen Meany to read. She had not opened it yet and I needed a book. I picked it up and although I have read a few books in between, I finally finished it again this weekend.
John Irving has always been one of my favorite authors. I have read 7 of his novels. My first being The World According to Garp then moving into Hotel New Hampshire and going back to Water Method Man. But, A Prayer for Owen Meany is hands down my favorite.
You gotta love Owen Meany. He is one of the most memorable characters in fiction. Irving also, as always, writes about the political landscape and the atmosphere of the country based on the time the book takes place. I'd say my second favorite of his books is Cider House Rules. Controversial subject matter. Actually Owen Meany is pretty controversial too but Owen in many ways diminishes what Irving is grandstanding about.
I do continue to read Irving as his latest books come out but nothing beats the scope of books he wrote from Garp through Cider House Rules. If you haven't read Irving, pick up Owen Meany, reading it now reminds me what a brilliant man Irving is as the book focuses on pre-Vietnam into the height of the war.