A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 1989 - Fiction - 617 pages
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Owen Meany, the only child of a New Hampshire granite quarrier, believes he is God's instrument; he is.
This is John Irving's most comic novel, yet Owen Meany is Mr. Irving's most heartbreaking character.
"Roomy, intelligent, exhilarating and darkly comic...Dickensian in scope....Quite stunning and very ambitious."
LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"John Irving is an abundantly and even joyfully talented storyteller."
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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

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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

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Contents

THE FOUL BALL
1
THE ARMADILLO
37
THE ANGEL
94
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About the author (1989)

John Irving published his first novel at the age of twenty-six. He has received awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation; he has won an O. Henry Award, a National Book Award, and an Academy Award. Mr. Irving lives with his family in Toronto and Vermont.

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