This is another book that benefits so much from a wonderful reading performance and Joe Barret delivers - does he ever. Like some people, I found the book is a little slow to get started. I am not sure if it is the story itself, or the narration. Owen Meany's voice is intense at the beginning, but it is not long before you cannot imagine Owen Meany's words delivered in any other way. Joe Barret becomes Owen Meany - among many other fine characters.
This is a story that inspires you to contemplate the wonder of our lives. There are political comments sprinkled throughout, but I cannot imagine being so parochial as to be put off by them. Statecraft is all madness. Forgive those who may prattle on a bit regarding one side or the other. Enjoy the story and the characters. They transcend such puny concerns as politics. Owen Meany puts many things in perspective and so will this magical performance of a book worth reading and rereading.
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