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."
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"John Irving is an abundantly and even joyfully talented storyteller."
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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 writing is beautiful. - LibraryThing
The ending was beautiful. - LibraryThing
Story telling at it's best! - LibraryThing

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Was blown away by the movie, had to read the book. Not my type of book at all but I was still impressed enough to read more by the author. Nothing else was as good as this one, though, imo. Read full review

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"A Prayer for Owen Meany" is John Irving's most complete story and most entertaining novel - and that means a lot considering Garp is one of the best American Novels of the 20th Century. Owen Meany takes story telling to its highest level and yet it can be thoroughly enjoyed by all ages. "A Prayer for Owen Meany" is expertly presented to the reader. Irving spins a tale so intricate and so entertaining, and all the while he leaves no loose ends. While the story of Owen Meany is rich with religious referrences, it is by no means a religious story. Religion is one of the many facets of this expert tale and it plays a tremendous part in the story's amazing conclusion. "A Prayer for Owen Meany" is both a comedy and a tragedy but even its tragic moments give way to laughter and give cause to deep thought. 

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Contents

THE FOUL BALL
1
THE ARMADILLO
37
THE ANGEL
94
Copyright

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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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