A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel

Front Cover
Ballantine Books, 1989 - Fiction - 543 pages
138 Reviews
Owen Meany, a latter-day prophet and Christ-like figure dies a martyr after having inspired true Christian belief in the narrator, Johnny Wheelwright. The boys grow up close friends in a small New Hampshire town, where Owen's loutish parents own a quarry and where the fatherless Johnny, whose beloved mother never reveals the secret of his paternity, becomes an orphan at age 11 when a foul ball hit by Owen in a Little League game strikes his mother on the head, killing her instantly. The tragedy notwithstanding, Owen and Johnny cleave to a friendship sealed when Owen uses desperate means to keep Johnny from going to Vietnam, and brought to its apotheosis when Johnny is present at the death Owen has seen prefigured in a vision.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
88
4 stars
29
3 stars
11
2 stars
7
1 star
3

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - pennsylady - LibraryThing

audio This book is especially good in audio...."a small diminutive boy with an strange voice" that never changes (Owen Meany)and best friend John Wheelwright. We are privy to the lives of two eleven ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - deldevries - LibraryThing

Fantastic story, well told, interesting and engaging from "the first sentence". This book deserves the "classic" status that it has earned. The audio version adds another interesting element - voices that resonate with the characters. Not for everyone, but excellent for me! Read full review

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
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

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.

Bibliographic information