Length: 543 pages
Setting: a small town in New Hampshire, 1950s-1960s
Interest: It’s one of the BBC’s Big Read books that my library had with an I author.
Summary: The narrator, John Wheelwright, recounts his life growing up in a small town in New Hampshire. His grandmother is one of the town matriarchs. His mother never married (and never revealed who John’s father was). John’s best friend was Owen Meany, who was physically small and had a very odd voice. They do baseball, Christmas pageants, and other activities together, and probably lots of other things, but I stopped reading.
Final thoughts: I just couldn’t get into this book. There were flashes of brilliant humor that made me laugh out loud, which kept me going twice as long as usual into an otherwise boring book. When I kept looking to see how many pages I still had to go (and I wasn’t even half-way done with the book), I knew it was time to quit the book. I was just bored with the story, and, at over 500 pages, it was too long for me to read for a laugh every 30+ pages. It’s my first book I didn’t finish this year, which means I’ve been picking pretty well so far. I was surprised I didn’t like it, though, since I’ve read other books by Irving I enjoyed.
Title comes from: The narrator talked mostly about Owen Meany and how Owen thought everything was destined to happen.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since I didn’t finish the book
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