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A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
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Sep 09, 12

bookshelves: 1001-before-you-die, fiction, nookbook-read
Read in September, 2012

The Cider House Rules is one of my favorite books and I thought it well past time that I read another John Irving novel. I thought Meany was a very, very good book that I would give 4.5 stars. I just didn't think it was great like Cider House. I was going to give it 4 stars but the ending wrapped up everything in such a neat way that it made it better for me. I just thought that there was no real build up throughout most of the book. Owen Meany is quite the character, but, without giving up any spoilers, you know how the story will end, just not the details. Therefore, for me at least, the novel sort of just plodded along for too long. I love the writing and I loved the characters, but there was never a point where I remember thinking, "I can't wait to see what happens next."

With all of that said, this was still a fantastic read. I will certainly look to read more by Irving and do think he is one of the better writers out there.
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