A Prayer for Owen Meany has been around since 1989 and is written in the style of many authors of the 60s … i.e., wordy and wandering. This story is light on environmental detail and heavy on characters. There is little description, but lots of character thought and behavior. Charles Dickens comes to mind in a story that covers the coming of age of two boys through the fifties/sixties and the Vietnam era. It is also a platform for Irving to weave his political beliefs through the voice of the point of view character,  John Wheelwright. This is common behavior for successful authors, Stephen King comes to mind. At any rate, in my opinion, a fictional story is the wrong place. I don’t care about the author’s politics unless I’ve purchased a non-fiction about politics. But, that’s just me…..

At just under thirty hours of listening, the narration is nicely done by Joe Barrett. If you’ve read the book, you’ll remember that Owen’s dialogue is all caps, an effort by Irving to convey a distinctive voice. The narrator interpretation is a high-pitched and boyish.

There are a ton of reviews on this story, ergo not much for me to add other than a minor opinion. Modern writing is reflective of an immediate gratification mindset, the quick made-for-tv two-hour movie. A Prayer for Owen Meany is of a different era, old fashioned and verbose. If you like this type of elongated prose, it’s among the best. If you don’t, you’ll be bored silly and likely fast-forward or jump some chapters…a lot.




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