Recently, I just finished John Irving's "A Prayer for Owen Meany". While the setting of this book is in the fifties and sixties from the perspective of the narrator grown up in 1987, the book has universal appeal. What amazes me about the book is that the political atmosphere that is being criticized is not that different from the current climate. What I also liked about it is that it asks the basic questions about the meaing of life without giving any dogmatic or self-righteous answers. It makes you related to the humanity of the characters and all their flaws and has you, by the end, questioning the meaning of life and the synchronicity of seemingly random events and facts. It has me wanting to read more and more about Carl Jung and Taoism and all the other theorists who believed that somehow there is a meaning and a pattern underneath it all, even though we cannot always see it or comprehend it.