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A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
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Oct 18, 2008

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So I found this book hard to get into, but it wasn't bad enough to stop. I was reading the hardback though, and they look really big. I kept thinking, all this of this? The thing is, the middle really picked up.

My comments are this. There is not a lot of poesy in Irving's workaday prose. He tells stories, and creates characters and worlds. These things are pretty good, although the characters tend slightly toward charicactures, and the stories are a bit larger than life. This story was good, especially the middle section about a bright student going to war with a control freak headmaster using the old weapon of all school boys, pranks.

This book is about faith, which is interesting to me.

I can't be deeply excited about the definition of faith that is drawn here- one character's conviction born of dreams and visions that he has a great purpose is the archetype of faith. I would say that faith is, to quote Nietzsche, a long obedience in the same direction. The direction implies purpose. A hope that provokes action. That was what this lacked. It was particularly about Christianity, but it seemed like this Christianity was composed of going to Church, and making loud complaints about the inconsistencies there, and waiting for God to present the moment for one's great purpose.
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Julie I had to read a lot of reviews, before I read this one.. finally..someone who couldn't get into it-it was 200 pages until I enjoyed it! It was recommended by someone I respect, so I kept plugging and then really liked it! I think Irving is too wordy for my taste....

Riya Ive read about 160 pages so far - I really hope it picks up soon!

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