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Bonded forever in childhood the stunted Owen Meany whose life is touched by God and the orphaned Johnny Wheelwright whose life is touched by Owen From the accident that links them. This is the book that made me want to be a writer I read it in high school thanks to my favorite English teacher Mrs B who had written down the title on a Post It note and said You need to read this I immediately went and found a copy and had it finished it by the end of the week There is no way I can write a review that is worthy of this novel but I shall try It is the story of two boys in New Hampshire in the 1950s the narrator is Johnny Wheelwright whose family is wealthy and his friend Owen Meany How to describe Owen He was small and light and he had a loud high pitched voice He was smart and a loyal friend Owen s parents were a bit odd and his family was poor enough that the Wheelwrights often helped Owen with tuition and clothingThe first chapter brings a tragedy Johnny and Owen are playing baseball Owen who doesn t usually get to bat because he was so small was told by the coach to go ahead and swing Owen hits a foul ball that strikes Johnny s mother and kills her Johnny is devastated and has trouble forgiving Owen but they eventually make peace thanks to a stuffed armadillo toy Thus explaining the armadillo pictured on some editionsThe rest of the chapters cover the boys as they grow up and go to prep school Owen has a gift for writing and pens some inflammatory columns in the school newspaper There is also a hilarious prank that Owen pulls on a teacher he doesn t like which involves a car some athletes and a stageOne of my favorite sections of the book describes a church Christmas pageant that goes horribly awry Owen who can be a bit bossy takes over the pageant and assigns himself the role of Baby Jesus even though in previous years it was just a doll It s a laugh out loud disaster and almost every year at Christmastime I ll pull out this book and reread the chapterWhen the boys turn 18 the Vietnam War is escalating and Owen signs up for the Reserve Officers Training Corps which will pay for his college tuition while he serves Owen even comes up with a plan to spare Johnny from having to go to Vietnam Owen always has a plan you seeThe plot slowly builds and builds and I would describe it as a crescendo There is a purpose to everything in the story and by the end of the book we understand why things had to be exactly what they wereIf you are a first time reader of this novel I need to warn you that there is a difficult passage at the beginning Johnny who is now an adult and has left the United States and moved to Canada discusses his feelings about religion I think this is the point where some readers get frustrated and abandon the book but I urge you I implore you I beg you do not give up There is a reason for it If you can power through the discussion of churches you will break through to a wonderful storySpeaking of religion I would be remiss not to mention the comparison to Jesus that Irving made Whenever Owen speaks his dialogue is in ALL CAPS Bible readers will note that Jesus words were printed in an all red font in many editions There are other similarities to Christ but the less said on this the betterI have reread this book many times since I first read it in 1990 and each time it moves me again Some novels are easy to explain this one is not It s a marvelous mix of comedy and drama and bildungsroman and the meaning of our lives and I am grateful to have it in my life I am not a religious person but I became so attached to the character of Owen that thinking about him can make me a bit misty eyed He is complex and fleshed out in a way that few fictional characters are Note This book meant so much to me that I was horrified to hear that Hollywood made it into a movie There is no way this book could be captured on film Luckily someone had the good sense to change the title probably a demand of Mr Irving but I have no intention of ever seeing it Some of you may know that I have a hobby of comparing movies adaptations with the source material but this book is the exception I want to remember it in its 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Alternate Cover for ISBN 0345417976John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany is the inspiring modern classic that introduced two of the author’s most unforgettable characters boys. I m short on time for this review but man this is the closest thing to a perfect story as anything I ve ever readI m back a few days later to edit my review because I can t stop thinking about this book It might be my favorite I might be in love with this story As the first sentence of the story starts out I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice well I am tooSPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ON IN THE REVEIWI think I fell in love with book as I read one specific sentence It s at the end of the story when Owen and Johnny are in the temporary bathroom with the children and his dream is starting to unfold I thought I had it all figured out the lunatic kid has the grenade and he s going to try and blow them up But then I read the sentence when Owen looks to Johnny and says something along the lines of WE LL HAVE ABOUT FOUR SECONDS Maybe I was a little slow to catch on but it was right then that I realized the reason they had always practiced the shot It blindsighted me and I loved it Irving had made their routine practice of the shot so commonplace in their time together that I forgot about even asking what purpose it served being in the storyBut the sentence carries so much power than that At the same time I realized the purpose of the shot it also hit home how Owen had lived his entire life for that momemt He had known his fate his moment and not only did he embrace it he had prepared for it And when it came time to act and live this moment he didn t flinch Just as Owen had lived his life for one specific point and time the power of this story was revealed to me in one perfect sentence It gave me THE SHIVERS The Doctors Dating Bargain perfect story as anything I ve ever readI m back a few days later to edit my review because I can t stop thinking about this book It might be my favorite I might be in love with this story As the first sentence of the story starts out I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice well I am tooSPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ON IN THE REVEIWI think I fell in love with book as I read one specific sentence It s at the end of the story when Owen and Johnny are in the temporary bathroom with the children and his dream is starting to unfold I thought I had it all figured out the lunatic kid has the grenade and he s going to try and blow them up But then I read the sentence when Owen looks to Johnny and says something along the lines of WE LL HAVE ABOUT FOUR SECONDS Maybe I was a little slow to catch on but it was right then that I realized the reason they had always The Collection practiced the shot It blindsighted me and I loved it Irving had made their routine Whispers of Feathers practice of the shot so commonplace in their time together that I forgot about even asking what Entrepreneurial Vernacular power than that At the same time I realized the Advanced C Programming by Example purpose of the shot it also hit home how Owen had lived his entire life for that momemt He had known his fate his moment and not only did he embrace it he had Poslije svega (After, prepared for it And when it came time to act and live this moment he didn t flinch Just as Owen had lived his life for one specific Die Herrenschneiderei point and time the

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To the mystery that follows them–and the martyrdom that parts them–the events of their lives form a tapestry of fate and faith in a novel that is Irving at his irresistible bes. I m sure you can read a million reviews about this book It seems to be many people s favorite Let me just say that I have read 5 or 6 John Irving books and this is the only one that is much than a good story About 10 years ago I was assisting a photography class for adults and one of the particpants a minister saw that I was reading this book He said that A prayer for Owen Meany had to say about the nature of God than anything he had ever read We had a fabulous conversation about the book I am basically an atheist without the anti god feeling that sometimes implies yet despite our religious differences we took exactly the same things away from this story It s a powerful narrative The Exploration of the Male Anatomy parts them–the events of their lives form a tapestry of fate and faith in a novel that is Irving at his irresistible bes. I m sure you can read a million reviews about this book It seems to be many All Night Long (Nannies, photography class for adults and one of the The Freeze-Frame Revolution prayer for Owen Meany had to say about the nature of God than anything he had ever read We had a fabulous conversation about the book I am basically an atheist without the anti god feeling that sometimes implies yet despite our religious differences we took exactly the same things away from this story It s a The New-York Review, and Atheneum Magazine, Vol. 2 powerful narrative


10 thoughts on “A Prayer for Owen Meany

  1. says:

    I'm short on time for this review but man this is the closest thing to a perfect story as anything I've ever readI'm back a few days later to edit my review because I can't stop thinking about this book It might be my favorite I might be in love with this story As the first sentence of the story starts out I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice well I am tooSPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ON IN THE REVEIWI

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    “I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice Not because of his voice or because he was the smallest person I ever knew or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death but because he is the reason I believe in God” I've opted for the 3 star approach but you shouldn't give it much weight where this book is concerned Some people are really hung up on ratings does it really only deserve 1 star? you seemed to like it why

  3. says:

    A long time ago I came across a story that my grandmother recommended I wasn’t sure what to expect but I definitely hadn’t expected to read what would become my favorite book The story begins as many do givi

  4. says:

    Being in a melancholy mood I was trying to think of a book that made me laugh tears And the first one that came to mind was Owen Meany I couldn't stop laughing except for when I cried buckets Rarely do I read books that shake my emotional euilibrium in the same entertaining way Owen Meany in all his absurdities will stay with me fo

  5. says:

    This is the book that made me want to be a writer I read it in high school thanks to my favorite English teacher Mrs B who had written down the title on a Post It note and said You need to read this I immediately went and found a copy and had it finished it by the end of the week There is no way I can write a review that is worthy of this no

  6. says:

    I've been on a huge John Irving kick recently and man am I glad I didn't start with this book because I might have aborted

  7. says:

    To begin the year I tackled one of John Irving’s classic novels that found me laughing throughout while also extracting some of the serious themes Owen Meany is a small child much tinier than those his age With this he has the most grating

  8. says:

    Solid four stars This is book seven in my John Irving Challenge Let it be known that I'm an idiot Irving's books shouldn't be read this close together He takes upwards of four years to write these fucking things and reading them back to back only highlights the little repetitive details that an author will forget about in four plus

  9. says:

    I'm sure you can read a million reviews about this book It seems to be many people's favorite Let me just say that I have read 5 or 6 John Irving books and this is the only one that is much than a good story About 10 years ago I was

  10. says:

    I gave this book three stars because I figure that's the average of five stars and one star Some of the things about this

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