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|Length: 645 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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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 the paperback edition.
- Publication date : March 13, 2012
- File size : 1273 KB
- Print length : 645 pages
- ASIN : B006VE6TCW
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : William Morrow; Reprint edition (March 13, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,685 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As an avid reader, many books fade with time. This one will always stay with me.
A Prayer for Owen Meany is a unique and fascinating literary fiction read. I had a difficult time rating this book, because, although I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and found it captivating, humorous, and thought-provoking, it is bloated. The author could have easily shaved off two hundred pages and made this book not only easier to read but more enjoyable as well. The story itself, however, is unique, multilayered, controversial, and just plain fascinating.
Owen Meany is an adult who has been teased since childhood. He is barely five feet tall and weighs less than one hundred pounds. Although Owen’s voice is strangled and screechy, whenever he speaks, people listen. Owen Meany is brilliant, witty, outspoken, and rebellious. He is also kind, loving and selfless. Owen is an enigma.
Although Owen and John were two very different people, they have been best friends for forever. Owen came from a poor and depressed home where both of his parents were mentally handicapped. John came from a fatherless but loving home, where he lived with his mother and grandmother. Often, imperfect people, are used by God, to influence and teach others, life lessons. Owen was such a person, and he knew what his purpose was.
A Prayer For Owen Meany is a book that will grip your heart, trigger your anger, make you think, laugh out loud and cry. It’s a fascinating book that will leave an imprint on your heart.
It's long and requires some patience.
There is quite a bit of political meandering, but I lived through the Viet Nam thing with my friends (and my husband) deciding to go or trying to get a deferment..
The character of Owen Meany was unlike any character I've ever met before. and the relationship between him and the narrator was wonderful.
For me to call a book unforgettable is saying a lot since I read or listen to audio books on a daily basis. A lot of books run through your mind and are gone. This is not one of them... at least not for me.
But then I have always been a fan of John Irving and I think this is one of his best.
Top reviews from other countries
My first mistale was readingthe author's lengthy and self-indulgent introduction, which focussed heavily on the mechanism of writing and in particular on the choice of a first line for the book. Perosnally, I find the first line off-putting and would not have bought the book had I not been curious to know what had so impressed my American friends.
It was far longer than I expected and, in my opinion, it could have been improved by being significantly cut down. Parts were gripping, but there were also tedious sections - particularly the lengthy expounding of educational theory and discussion of various works of literature. The book would have been better if these had been omitted.
The action takes place in the fifties and sixties of the twentieth century. The politics of that era are complex and interesting. I am just old enough to remember that events such as the Cuban missile crisis happened, but I was too young then to understand them. Living in Britain, I was fascinated to learn how differently much of American politics were/are viewed in the US. I was also interested to have my attention drawn to how differently events are viewed now from how they must have appeared at the time. For example, it hadn't occurred to me before that there must have been a time when nobody knew that JFK was a womaniser!
It is common for books to use the technique of "flashbacks" to fill in background information about the characters in a story. This book uses "flashforwards" to explain the narrator's"present day" (in actuality, the 1980's) life. I found these irritating and do not see that they added anything to the narrative.
A total lack of knowledge of both baseball and basketball made some of the book unintelligible to me, but it did not prevent me from understanding the plot. The final twist in the plot (which I should have seen coming, but didn't!) felt very contrived to me and added to a general feeling of unreality.
Overall, I can see why it is important to many people, but I still think it could have been considerably improved by more ruthless editing of the manuscript.
Certain scenes brought me to tears and Owen Meany has got to be one of the greatest ever heroes. For me, it was one of those books that I was sad that it had to come to an end and I was left wanting more. Superb and beautifully read
It's so refreshing to read a book written by someone with such a good command of the English language who knows how to weave words that keep you spellbound. It is also well edited and proof read so no horrid typos!
Owen Meany is a great character and his disability doesn’t stop him from becoming the hero of this story.
This book is funny in places, sad in others and touching all around. It will leave you in tears and each page completes you to read on.
Please, please read this book. It is an absolute classic and you’re missing out on a real treat if you haven’t read it.