Irving's writing is lean, the narrator rich and the plot fantastic. My only problem with this book was that occasionally I would listen to it at work. While there is mildly NSFW content, the biggest issue was that the narrator did such a good job of creating Owen's wrecked voice that co-workers kept wondering what I was listening to.
I thought this novel was strong were it should have been understated while it was understated where it should have been strong.
The central story of the bad man who comes into the life of the protagonist sometimes seems a little thin, whereas the smallest detail of this day in the life story can be laid on a little thick.
The subplot of the Iraq War protests are very interesting seen from our current point of view.
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