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A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving

I’ve enjoyed John Irving’s books for years now and this one just came out on Audible. It came at a perfect time for me. I kept it until we went our holidays to Tenerife in November and I started listening to it as I lay in the sun by the pool.

The book is the tale of Owen Meany narrated by his best friend, John Wheelwright. Owen is small and has a strange voice. It’s really the tale of why he is small and why he has a strange voice, but it’s so much more than that. The book moved me in a way that no other book ever has. I’m at a point in my life where my faith in God is developing and this book fits right into that. Owen believes in God and has a lot to say on the subject of religion.

One of John Irving’s strong points is his character development. In all the books of his that I have read, I’ve found his characters to be fully 3-dimensional and believable. All are flawed, just as I am, and it makes the characters easy to relate to. I’m not sure whether I’m getting that across very well, but for those who’ve read Garp or a Widow for a Year, you’ll know what I mean.

If only Audible would do more John Irving books. I’d be on them like a shot!