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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The Cider House Rules is one of my favorite books and I thought it well past time that I read another John Irving novel. I thought Meany was a very, very good book that I would give 4.5 stars. I just ... Read full review

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I wish I could say that I enjoyed this novel more than I did. I liked the story itself and the characters but at over 600 pages it was just way too long. Irving probably could have cut out 200 pages ... 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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