Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Prayer for Owen Meany

For a long time now Dom has been telling me what a wonderful writer John Irving is. So for my birthday one of the books she gave to me was A Prayer for Owen Meany.

She’s right John Irving is a wonderful writer. Owen Meany is very small and has a strange voice which means when he speaks HE SPEAKS IN CAPITAL LETTERS! I have no problem imagining his voice because when the children were very small I used to be a child minder. I looked after a toddler who had the worse voice you can imagine. If a cheese grater could speak it would be with that voice.

Back to the book: There are quite a few Bible quotes and I’d forgotten how beautiful some of the Bible can be (King James version of course). There is quite a bit about Vietnam which I’m finding very useful as I remember that period but didn’t understand it all at the time. I haven’t finished it yet, but I have a feeling it will end in tears. Anyway, I recommend it if you haven’t read it.


A Lady's Life said...

Irving is a good writer.
Vietnam is a sad story. In my time we didnt understand really what was going on either but the older young people did and we just hung around trying to grasp the significance of it all.
Today it is a lot clearer why every one was so upset and wanted peace. And they were right.
We teach our kids not to fight and then we grow up and go to war.
Today it's to stop bullies who refuse to stop hurting other people and those bullies have become very dangerous to the whole world as human rights mean nothing to them.

Anji said...

A lady's Life: I hope that one day soon what is happening in the world today is confined to the history books

A Lady's Life said...

I don't think war will ever end Anji.
People always disagree if not about religion then politics. If not about politics then styles of living. The future will be about food and water. People don't seem to understand that we have to stop breeding so many children and then there are always power issues. Every one wants to lead. No one wants to be lead.

Anji said...

A Lady's life: Yes, there will always be those that look for something to fight over.

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