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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.
Irving is masterful in his creation, a story about faith, friendship, and miracles. This is a book that all people of all ages should read. Read morePublished 43 minutes ago by Catherine F. Olen
Where does A Prayer for Owen Meany rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the very best! Read more
John Irving writes long interesting stories with lots of characters. He is an American Charles Dickens. Most of his novels are good. Some very good and one great. This one. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Arlington Cory
A classic story that everyone, belonging to every age group and gender, should read.Published 4 days ago by warren
Came in a timely manner, but did not enjoy reading the book, so really appreciated listening to it.Published 4 days ago by Judith Ann Kanne
One of the best novels I have ever read. Beautiful writing. The characters are vivid, and the voice of Owen Meany so annoying and attractive. Read morePublished 8 days ago by New York City reader
Sort of a Forest Gump meets Professor Stoner meets Pattie Smith. A typical John Irving read; riveting, consuming and
very very weird.
I read this book over 20 years ago & a friend reminded me of it when I reviewed The Misremembered Man a couple of weeks ago. A coming of age story in the Vietnam era. Read morePublished 9 days ago by ER nurse who loves to read