A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel

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John Irving
Ballantine Books, 1989 - Fiction - 543 pages
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John Irving’sA Prayer for Owen Meanyis the inspiring modern classic that introduced two of the author’s most unforgettable characters, boys 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 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 best.
  

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John Irving at his best storytelling. - LibraryThing
I loved this book and Irving's style of writing. - LibraryThing
The prose is wonderful and evocative. - LibraryThing
The ending was beautiful. - LibraryThing
Story telling at it's best! - LibraryThing
Vivid, wonderful writing and a fascinating story. - LibraryThing

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Reading A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of the more interesting reading experiences I've had. For most of the book, I was slogging my way through, wondering if we'd ever come to the point of all the ... Read full review

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User Review  - REDonald - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book! I generally stick to mysteries but picked this one of John Irving's up somewhere and found Owen Meany a captivating read. There were a few things about it that I found a bit hard to swallow, but overall I truly enjoyed it. Irving's reputation is well deserved. Read full review

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Contents

THE FOUL BALL
13
THE ARMADILLO
43
THE ANGEL
92
THE LITTLE LORD JESUS
137
THE GHOST OF THE FUTURE
184
THE VOICE
231
THE DREAM
301
THE FINGER
370
THE SHOT
451
A Readers Guide
545
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About the author (1989)

John Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times–winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp. A Prayer for Owen Meany was published in 1989. In 1992, Mr. Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules–a film with seven Academy Award nominations.

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