Most of this review is hidden because of spoilers (anyone who has read this book will understand). The whole books purpose is a spoiler, and to discuss the book would be impossible without revealing the surprise. I will say that this book truly moved me and this was my first John Irving book. I enjoyed Irving's writing so much that I'm really looking forward to reading more of his work. Also, listening to an interview of Irving about this book, he mentioned how Dickens is a huge influence on him. This really does show and being a huge Dickens fan myself, this just solidifies my interest in Irving.Owen lived his entire life for just one moment, how amazing that concept is. The flow of the book is interesting, it has a very theatrical feel to it and I could almost see the characters acting it out. Irving did such a wonderful job spinning this tale and putting it all together in the end. You didn't even have to grasp at straws to get it, he gave it to you throughout the book without you even knowing it. It gives you that "Aha, I get it!" moments. Apparently Irving writes his book from back to front, which might be the clever charm of his writing and how it all fits together so nicely.