A Prayer for Owen Meany (Paperback)
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- Published: 01 November 1989
- Format: Paperback 640 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780552135399 ISBN 10: 0552135399
- Sales rank: 214,509
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A Prayer for Owen Meany
I loved loved loved this book about Owen Meany a small but perfectly formed boy with an unusually distinctive high pithched voice that never breaks even as he gets older. The other children and women just can't help but touch him he is so perfect! He may be small but he has a HUGE personality and believes unequivocally that he was put here to do something big. He does not believe in accidents, but that everything happens for a reason. Even the fact that one day he hits a baseball so hard that it hits his best friends mother on the temple and she dies! He is devastated , as he loved his best friends mother even more than his own!!
His Best friend is John Wheelwright and the story is told by John about the 2 boys growing up during the 1960's, interspersed with accounts of him in the 80's after Owen has gone.
It is a heartwarming story that has you gripped with this friendship which is sometimes happy sometimes sad and mystifying.
There are other important issues throughtout the book,(one of which is the Vietnam war), that unfold as it goes along, sometimes we find out what has happened before it happens sometimes you are kept guessing.
There are some hilarious moments that had me cryign with laughter, John Irving's descriptions of some details in the book are sooo funny, but written in a very tongue in cheek way, one is the Natvity play and another is the event with the psychatrists car!! But the book is quite serious in its content too, as you will find out if you take the plunge and read it, as I sincerely hope you do.
I am so glad I read this book, I just loved it as I said earlier, and would give it 10 stars if I could. My reviewing skills just don't do this wonderful book justice. by Penny Cunningham