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The book's mystic religiosity is steeped in Robertson Davies's Deptford trilogy, and the fatal baseball relates to the fatefully misdirected snowball in the first Deptford novel, Fifth Business. Tiny, symbolic Owen echoes the hero of Irving's teacher Günter Grass's The Tin Drum--the two characters share the same initials. A rollicking entertainment, Owen Meany is also a meditation on literature, history, and God. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
John Irving is a master storyteller, weaving intricate plots with beautiful character development. I read this many years ago and look forward to reading it again. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Dawn
I had a great time with this book. The parallels of Owen Meany and the life of Christ are easy to follow throughout the book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by S. S. Kramarich
I first read this book sometime in the early 90s. It is still Irving's best...I just bought his new one. I. Hope he still has it.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
LOVE this book to death (haha), so much that I wrote two essays on it.Published 10 days ago by Yi Weng
Easily, one of the best novels I have ever read with one of the most striking characters in literature.Published 11 days ago by Melvyn Glenn
One of the best books I have ever read. John Irving is a master at his craft. This moving novel makes you question your own set of beliefs.Published 13 days ago by Venus