Erin’s ESS = out of 10
Content = R (Language, Adult Concepts, Nudity, Violence, Annoying Digressions, Wayward Baseballs)
Why: Okay, we’ll just come right out and say it... A Prayer for Owen Meany is a powerful, thought provoking novel with many interesting turns. We believe however, that through the strategic elimination of 50 to 60 pages, it could have been a marvel of literature. The main character had the annoying habit of randomly digressing into a whole host of irrelevant personal frustrations. We get it; he’s rather angry and not exactly happy about US policy. While his rage may have been well intentioned, for us, the way it was presented felt forced and resulted in a disjointed flow for the reader.
On the flip side, it’s impossible to ignore the touching life story of Owen Meany. If you’ve ever watched the ridiculously sad movie, Simon Birch, you’ll know what we’re talking about. Even though the novel and movie are quite different, the characters of Simon and Owen are one in the same. Despite his diminutive stature, Owen is larger than life. Throughout A Prayer for Owen Meany you’ll have a difficult time deciding whether to laugh or cry. And then there’s the ending (both of us cried, which is noteworthy considering only one of us has read the book thus far). Additionally, the only way you’ll understand the meaning behind the relatively large armadillo on the front cover is to take the plunge and read the novel.
Editor’s Note: For any of you Chicago Bulls or Los Angeles Lakers fans, this novel has often been required reading for many of Phil Jackson’s teams. Oops, we forgot – nobody cares about NBA basketball.