The character Owen Meany was unique and deep and well constructed! I think that the parts of the book dealing with religion and politics were the parts that I struggled through. Not because I agreed or disagreed with the character's views but because they were just too much, too long, too.... just too! It wasn't that they didn't belong in the book, it was that they just dragged a little.
Don't get me wrong, it is a great story. I would have just trimmed it up a be and left out some of the seemingly endless detail! I am glad I read it. I guess you would call it a modern day classic.