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A Prayer for Owen Meany

6 Ratings: 3.0
A book by John Irving

Owen Meany is a dwarfish boy with a strange voice who accidentally kills his best friend's mom with a baseball and believes--accurately--that he is an instrument of God, to be redeemed by martyrdom. John Irving's novel, which inspired the 1998 … see full wiki

Author: John Irving
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Ballantine Books
3 reviews about A Prayer for Owen Meany
Quick Tip by . October 24, 2010
The novel is probably 50 or so pages too long--meaning the emotional intensity is attenuated. That said it is still emotionally beautiful.
review by . April 02, 2004
It's not often my son--a well read young man in his early 20's--recommends a book to me with such effusive enthusiasm. How could I not read "A Prayer for Owen Meany" with that kind of encouragement? Granted, son and I have very different tastes in tomes. But Irving is actually an author more my style, and the novel I just finished prior to this one, "Da Vinci's Code," was more his style. I'm always willing to stretch. We traded books. Ah, what a refreshing pause! I had been somewhat disappointed …
review by . August 31, 1998
I bought this book from Amazon.com on the strength of the reviews. To sum up, they are all true. This is a moving, funny, sad, complex and ultimately entertaining book. Read it and laugh and read it and weep. But you must read it.
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