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A Prayer for Owen Meany
by John Irving

Overall: 10
Readability: 7
Intelligence: 10

Owen Meany, the only child of a New Hampshire granite quarrier, believes he is God's instrument; he is. The book follows Owen's life from the eyes of John Wheelright, Owen's best friend. The story starts slow, but it steadily swells into a comically delightful tale of friendship, destiny, and finality. The character of Owen Meany is brilliantly written; for example, Owen's strange voice is represented by Irvings inspired use of UPERCASE lettering, stressing Owen's vivid nature. When Owen Meany talks, you listen. This is not to demean the supporting cast, which is both robust and richly developed. Irving's prose is a subtle and ingenious examination of humanity, as in the book's profound account of a remarkable friendship or the book's brilliantly conceived and moving ending.

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