O is for Owen Meany

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My theme this month is 26 of the Best Characters in Fiction.

IMG_8382.JPGA Prayer for Owen Meany was on my to read list for a long time before I actually read it. I have a friend whose favorite author is John Irving, and I’m not sure why it was this particular book that made it to my list. Perhaps because it’s on the classics list that I’m still working through.

In any case, Owen is one of the most unique characters I’ve ever come across. John is the narrator of the book, and Owen is his best friend. Owen is smaller than everyone else and has a “tortured” voice. But he’s also kind and selfless.

The book is long, and it took forever to get through, but it was worth it. There’s a payoff at the end that almost makes me want to re-read it (but probably not).

There are so many interesting things I could say about Owen, but the plot is so intricately woven that it’s hard to know which would be spoilers. I’ll just say this: it’s worth reading once. Just make sure you set aside a chunk of time for it.

Are you a John Irving fan? Which is your favorite?