This is truly a book-lover's mystery. There is a little something missing in the evolution of the characters that keeps it from meriting five stars. HThis is truly a book-lover's mystery. There is a little something missing in the evolution of the characters that keeps it from meriting five stars. However, it is still toward the top of my list of suggestions for people who love mysteries about books. The multi-layered obscurities unfold across countries and centuries. If you want to be introduced to Shakespeare and his process, compare book sellers in the 17th century with those in the 20th, and discover the ways in which book preservation and forgery can change the world, all while being surrounded by ghosts, catacombs, libraries, guns, cathedrals, and grave-robbings, then this is the book for you. Grab a cuppa and enjoy....more
This book contains a little bit of a mystery and a lot of history that's woven through a time traveling tale. It incorporates actual newspa3.75 Rating
This book contains a little bit of a mystery and a lot of history that's woven through a time traveling tale. It incorporates actual newspaper articles, photographs, and sketches of the time period. Part of the reason this book isn't a full 4 stars for me, is that instead of feeling seamless, the book draws attention to these elements which then feel inserted. I also believe the narrative could have supported a deeper mystery than the one that is peppered onto its pages. The beginning of the novel is driven by the idea of time travel and was a definite page turner. It became less compulsory as the story progressed, but the unique facts about the vivid 19th century New York City it portrays stuck with me and kept me returning. It is not the story I was expecting, but it is still one I would recommend....more
I am hesitant to read books that are hailed as tragic. I often feel I deal with enough of that in my own life, I don't want it in my books, which areI am hesitant to read books that are hailed as tragic. I often feel I deal with enough of that in my own life, I don't want it in my books, which are my escape. However, A Prayer for Owen Meany is also hailed as one of the best comedies. I hail it truly is a dark comedy worth the read. Some parts did bring me to tears, but most of them, after the fact, I also found myself laughing at or through.
I enjoyed the first 3/4 of the book better than the final segment. During the first section, I found the book especially hard to put down. A lot of the story is dedicated to when Owen and John are 10 and 11. It is hard to imagine that over 200 pages could be devoted to such a short period in young boys' lives without losing its entertaining quality, but this was definitely a romping good time and my favorite part of the book. There are so many comical scenes and the factual tidbits I picked up about New Hampshire and Canada were great.
Overall, I really enjoyed A Prayer for Owen Meany and Irving's style. Irving's disclosing of information through transient time periods and the trickling of details was well planned and enjoyable. There were some inconsistencies in the book that gnawed at me. These in no way affected the plot of the story, just my slightly OCD personality. I also felt there was a lag before the final revelation that could have used some editing. I would have preferred less recalling of the previous events and details and some of the information and events seemed unnecessary. I went from dreading getting to the final event to wishing Irving would just get to it.
I definitely recommend this book! If a tragedy can be fun, this is it! And I already miss Owen....more