I read A Prayer for Owen Meany recently because so many people said it was life changing/ favorite book ever. I did try to start it some time ago, butI read A Prayer for Owen Meany recently because so many people said it was life changing/ favorite book ever. I did try to start it some time ago, but couldn't get past the first chapter so waited for a time I could really get into it.
Once I got going, I wondered why I'd struggled. I loved the first 30-40% of it. But after a while, I was disappointed.
Yes, I wanted to know why Owen's faith was so strong; why he thought he was an instrument of God; what was the purpose behind his voice; what secrets was John's mother hiding; who was his father. Yes, I loved Owen, of course I did. Who could not love him?
But mercy. A massive dose of editing in the last half of the book, please. The narrator became as dull as dishwater. Boring person, irritating rants that had nothing to do with the storyline, and just blah. I had to force myself to read many of his accounts and rants just in case I was missing something that was important to the story later on.
Then, I pondered, maybe this has something important to tell me about faith. Maybe it does. Owen surely is faithful, incredibly so. But then my copy came with an author interview, who says he's not even a believer. Not only that, but criticizes believers.
So..... nothing. What is Owen's story but another work of fiction? That's fine, I love fiction, but can a non-believer tell me something important about someone else's faith, even a character of fiction? Surely they can tell me about a non-believer's view of faith, yes, but of a believer? I don't know. So many people have claimed this is a life changing book about faith, but I don't know how it can be anything more than an okay piece of fiction.
So, I give it 5 stars for Owen's awesome & unique character and some great cast members (Dan Needham, grandmother) but loses a few for the long winded, drawn out rants and waffle, a narrator who claims great faith over Owen's tale yet shows nothing but bitterness and emptiness. Owen's faith: pure and selfless faith of a flawed person. John's is what? Not much use to himself or anyone else. What did he get from Owen? Nothing. He claimed a greater faith, and the reason he was a Christian, yet.... nothing. What good is faith if one doesn't put it to use?
Maybe my take away is simply this. If I am going to believe in something important, then I'd better do something with it, lest I become nothing more than a stale mouthpiece....more
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