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A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
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Nov 28, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: should-ve-been-shorter, maybe-it-s-me

Overwritten and overrated. Call me a Philistine, but I just don't see why this book merited 617 pages. Reviewers and readers seem to hail it as some kind of literary triumph. I do see that Irving is a good writer, but I think he's full of himself and likes the sound of his own "voice," using detail and foreshadow to great excess of the book's actual events. There were many parts that could have been eliminated or simply cut. I thought that the character's musings about the Reagan administration, for example, were way overdone and uninteresting. In general, I thought the characters were interesting and well fleshed-out, and I liked the way the book's events ended up connecting; however, the ride was long and slow and ultimately, not worth it. On to big--, that is, better.
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Finished Reading
November 28, 2007 – Shelved
April 7, 2011 – Shelved as: should-ve-been-shorter
May 2, 2011 – Shelved as: maybe-it-s-me

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message 2: by M (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:01PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

M snooty listserv goes on and on about this one - let me know

message 1: by K (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:01PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

K So far, it's really good -- a bit slow on occasion, but overall excellent.

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