I just finished listening to A Prayer for Owen Meany on audiobook, which reminds me: it needs to go on the list of great audiobooks. If you got annoyed by the ALL CAPS of Owen in the book, you don’t have to look at them on audio. Also, with so much emphasis on how strange his voice was, I was worried that an audio reader would get it wrong, but it worked.
A couple of weeks ago I finished Last Night in Twisted River.
Now I’m in a John Irving mood (that link takes you to a list of his books if you need a refresher).
If you’ve read one, all, or any of them, which do you consider the best John Irving novel? Why?
In every single one of his books, there are parts I love and parts I hate. I think he relies too heavily on coincidences and I find some of the political tirades out of place in the stories, even when I agree with them. Also, his infatuations with bears, assorted oddballs, severed limbs, older women sexually initiating younger men, and fellatio gone catastrophic don’t seem to be going away.
There was a mostly negative review of Owen in the New York Times book review. The reviewer stated that:
John Irving favors “characters,” not character…
But I don’t care about that, even if it’s true. I read his books just because I love the way he writes and he’s a brilliant storyteller. He creates big worlds that interest me, and I usually get to spend 500-700 pages wandering through them.
Over to you. Best John Irving book, in your opinion, and your reasons for it.
Are you in the book club? I wish you’d join it.
Here’s that Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/06/15/lifetimes/10212.html