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A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel by [John Irving]
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A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel Kindle Edition

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'May justly join the classic American list' Anthony Burgess, Observer 'So extraordinary, so original, and so enriching' Stephen King, Washington Post 'I believe it to be a work of genius some of the most fascinating prose written in fiction today' Jan Morris, Independent 'Intelligent, exhilarating and darkly comic Dickensian in scope Quite stunning' Los Angeles Times --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Owen Meany is a dwarfish boy with a strange voice who accidentally kills his best friend's mom with a baseball and believes--accurately--that he is an instrument of God, to be redeemed by martyrdom. John Irving's novel, which inspired the 1998 Jim Carrey movie Simon Birch, is his most popular book in Britain, and perhaps the oddest Christian mystic novel since Flannery O'Connor's work. Irving fans will find much that is familiar: the New England prep-school-town setting, symbolic amputations of man and beast, the Garp-like unknown father of the narrator (Owen's orphaned best friend), the rough comedy. The scene of doltish the doltish headmaster driving a trashed VW down the school's marble staircase is a marvelous set piece. So are the Christmas pageants Owen stars in. But it's all, as Highlights magazine used to put it, "fun with a purpose." When Owen plays baby Jesus in the pageants, and glimpses a tombstone with his death date while enacting A Christmas Carol, the slapstick doesn't cancel the fact that he was born to be martyred. The book's countless subplots add up to a moral argument, specifically an indictment of American foreign policy--from Vietnam to the Contras.

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.


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  • 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
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