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A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Irving's novels, which often begin in autobiographical commonplace, get transformed along the way: sometimes into fairy tale (The Hotel New Hampshire), sometimes into modern-day ironic fable (The World According to Garp). This one—set in New Hampshire in the 50's and 60's—is a little of both, but not enough of either: its tone is finally too self-righteous to be fully convincing as fiction. In ... Read full review

Review: A Prayer for Owen Meany

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Roz Shea

OWEN MEANY (we must always use the upper case for OWEN, because that is how he speaks) is a very small boy with A VERY BIG VOICE who has become an icon in American literature. Readers have bestowed a reverence verging on the worshipful regarding the book, A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY. When OWEN accidentally kills his best friend's mother with a foul ball in a Little League game, he becomes convinced ... Read full review

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I first read this book at my friend Laura's urging in 1989, and it has always been the book that I wished I could go back and read again for the first time. I just revisited it again all these years ... Read full review

Review: A Prayer for Owen Meany

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this book is a total comfort read for me even if the main character of John wheelwright does become somewhat stodgy and tiresome in his adulthood. The childhood sections more than make up for the ... Read full review

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