I had been working on reading this book since last December. I finally got around to finishing it yesterday. I have to admit, the first third or so of the book was okay. It was a little interesting, I kept reading because I heard that it got a lot better in the second half. I found that that was correct. The book has some serious themes that permeate through the novel on many different levels. Friendship, destiny, religion and faith are all major themes in the book and the themes are almost equally expressed through the characters and the plot. This was something that I found to be interesting because many times, a book is mainly a plot/event driven work or a character driven piece. Owen Meany is an irresistible character. He is a tiny boy who grows into a tiny man, his voice is in a state of "permanent scream" and he is brilliant and has unshakable faith. Irving does reveal the ending of the book in the first half of the novel, but what we gain from the other half is what leads up to the ending. In fact, the ending is kind of different from the ending that the reader is guided into predicting. The reader really gets to know Owen and his best friend John (the narrator). Also, you really have to pay attention to the details because it seems that every little thing has some kind of significance. This is probably one of my favorite books so far and I would really highly recommend reading it, and if you do, stick with it even though it has a bit of a slow start.