A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel
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."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOKR EVIEW
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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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The first half of this book won me over, so that when it faltered in the second half I barely cared. I enjoyed the narrator's tone and confidence, the use of language, and the stories of childhood ... Read full review