(Pdf or ebook) A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving


Summary A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Prayer for Owen Meany

Bonded forever in childhood the stunted Owen Meany whose life is touched by God and the orphaned Johnny Wheelwright whose life is touched by Owen From the accident that links them. I ve been on a huge John Irving kick recently and man am I glad I didn t start with this book because I might have aborted the whole thing before I had a chance to read some of his better worksThis one just didn t do it for me Whereas I left other Irving novels feeling recharged and alive I left this one pissed off and ready to drink cheap teuila until I blacked out and woke up in a new world where there are no books or stories or any sort of entertainment derived from the written word First of all I think Irving has a habit of using his novel s narrators as a stand in for himself which is fine since he seems like and incredibly interesting dude but here I felt like he was just going through the motions Oh ok here s my main character and he s different than me uh because we have different names and umdifferent parentsanyway yeah that s how we re different ok story time now it was a thin disguise at best and didn t work for me at all My second problem was the structure The book takes place over the span of about 30 years and sometimes events from all thirty were addressed in a single page Which is fine if it works but I felt like he was trying to go for an omni present narrative that ended up being muddledI also think the book might work better for people who are a little older than myself A large part of the story deals with the Vietnam war and it s relation to the Iran Contra scandal While these passages were in no way lacking it did seem like they were aimed for people who were alive during that time and could share in Irving s obvious outrage Side note I found myself finding a bazillion yes a bazillion similarities between the national atmosphere in 68 and now Oh and while I love Irving s knack for the unusual here it seemed like every other page he was trying to force a classic situation wherein unusual characters meet in an unusual situation that illuminates their nature in the most unusual of ways It got so bad that at times I felt like I was reading a sitcom There were a few bright spots I was genuinely moved by Owen s character and I thought he served as a wonderful example of how Christ could have been at once holy and flawed Gah The thing is Irving is a new love in my life and like any new love I wanted it to be perfect But he isn t and that s fine because who wants perfection anyway but goddamn I wanted to love this oneUm yes Ok well I m giving it two stars but two stars for Irving is four for most other authors

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Alternate Cover for ISBN 0345417976John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany is the inspiring modern classic that introduced two of the author’s most unforgettable characters boys. A long time ago I came across a story that my grandmother recommended I wasn t sure what to expect but I definitely hadn t expected to read what would become my favorite book The story begins as many do giving background on the area that will provide the setting for our tale a history as reference but uickly catches up with the main characters and the supporting cast And we uickly learn of Johnny and Owen Meany two friends who forge an eternal bond despite their obvious mismatches physical social cultural and religious differences And a tragic conseuence of a baseball gameGOD HAS TAKEN YOUR MOTHER MY HANDS WERE THE INSTRUMENT GOD HAS TAKEN MY HANDS I AM GOD S INSTRUMENTBig words for an eleven year old who can almost sit in his friend s lap But Owen is so self assured that whether John believes him or not he knows that there is something special about Owen They all know that there is something different but no one but Johnny knows how different or special Owen really isThrough their years together Owen grows closer to Johnny than a simple friend He becomes a brother an aide in the search for Johnny s unnamed father an influence that will guide Johnny s throughout his life From helping to search for the identity of Johnny s father to keeping him out of the Vietnam war Owen has written the script for Johnny s life although Johnny never realizes it until the end of the story only then does he know that Owen knew the script for his own life as well but never revealed itEach action in his short life was a test to help him fulfill the one part of his destiny that he couldn t see the final act Johnny faithfully helps Owen in these tasks things that he can t possibly know the reasons for But to Owen even Johnny s mother s death had a purpose Everything had a purpose to Owen Even if he was the only one to seem to know why things happened the way they didHe had sunk the shot in under four secondsYOU SEE WHAT A LITTLE FAITH CAN DO said Owen Meany The brain damaged janitor was applauding SET THE CLOCK TO THREE SECONDS Owen told himJesus Christ I saidIF WE CAN DO IT IN UNDER FOUR SECONDS WE CAN DO IT IN UNDER THREE he said IT JUST TAKES A LITTLE MORE FAITHIt takes practice I told him irritablyFAITH TAKES PRACTICE said Owen MeanyIrving uses Owen Meany to analyze faith not only as in a single religion sense spirituality as a whole Despite everything that he endures Owen Meany never loses his faith his knowledge that he is an INSTRUMENT OF GOD as he reminds Johnny on many occasions It is this faith through the threat of expulsion through the lean hard teen years and into his enlistment into the army that keeps Owen going knowing that he has a mission that he has to fulfill and not much time to do it Along the way he changes Johnny filling him with confidence and self reliance and even religion infusing all of those characteristics that Owen has an abundance of and is loathe to leave behindIrving s narrative is uniuely captivating as is the way that he chooses to depict characters to breath life into them Although Owen and Johnny are by far the main characters they live among a expansive cast who all have their own place in this tapestry Owen touches everyone in some small way leading up to his grand fulfillment A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of my favorite books and many other s that I have lent it to have found a fondness for the story as well Owen grabs you the way he grabs the other characters in the novel There is something so strong so compelling about him that you have to find out what is going to happen NOW I KNOW WHY YOU HAD TO BE HERE Owen said to me DO YOU SEE WHY he asked meYes I saidREMEMBER ALL OF OUR PRACTICING he asked meI remember I saidAnd you will remember it too

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To the mystery that follows them–and the martyrdom that parts them–the events of their lives form a tapestry of fate and faith in a novel that is Irving at his irresistible bes. To begin the year I tackled one of John Irving s classic novels that found me laughing throughout while also extracting some of the serious themes Owen Meany is a small child much tinier than those his age With this he has the most grating voice one could imagine Some attribute this to the family granite company while others prefer to keep the mystery alive Owen is unlike many other children his age as his best friend John Wheelwright has come to discover One summer day in 1953 Owen hits a foul ball on the baseball field and ends up killing John s mother Owen attributes this as an act of God one in which he is a vessel for the Almighty The rest of the novel is set in a number of vignettes involving John and Owen surrounding by a number of other characters who cross their paths throughout this complex friendship From a number of interactions with the Wheelwright family through to stunning decisions that could significantly shape his adult life Owen Meany finds a way to make his impact felt by all those around him sometimes in a saviour like manner This storyline is contrasted nicely with the adult John Wheelwright who has left his native New Hampshire and settled in Toronto exploring some of the goings on in modern 1987 America Having been a resident of Canada for over twenty years it would seem Wheelwright is unable to accept his new home and struggles significantly with the political foibles in the US things he superimposes his own Owen Meany perspective upon Stunning in its delivery and slow momentum build the story is a lot than it seems on the surface Recommended to those readers who love tales that take their time but leave literary breadcrumbs throughout as well as the reader who enjoys a meandering tale full of messagesWhile he has penned a number of great pieces I have never read John Irving Even this book was not familiar to me when placed on my reading challenge list I was not entirely sure how I would feel about it when I read the dust jacket blurb but I cannot say enough now Layered between a religious undertone and preachy child who seems to know it all the story developed in a meandering fashion but always seemed able to push forward I found Owen to be as annoying as ever from the opening pages but I stuck with him and noticed that he has some redeeming moments even though he seems too pompous and pious for his own good His prophetic ways and odd obsession with older women both in admiration and an odd sexual manner leaves the reader wondering about him yet also transfixed by his oddities Even with John as the narrator Owen seems almost takes centre stage and does not defer at any time I did enjoy John s character as he comes of age alongside his best friend and seems never to hold animosity for the accidental death of his mother Inseparable for most of the book John and Owen seem to grow together and experience life through many of same experiences though their lenses differ greatly The flash forwards to John s 1987 life show that he remains committed to being Owen s narrative protector and seems unable to divorce himself from his American roots refusing the conform to the Canada he accepted as his new home With strong religious ties to his Episcopalian Anglican upbringing John Wheelwright sheds some of that on the reader as well With a full cast of wonderfully diverse characters the story moves forward and is flavoured repeatedly as things take many a tangential turn Irving is a master at this type of colourful depiction never losing the reader no matter how far off the beaten path things get The story appears to be a uilted collection of memories and vignettes but soon finds its groove and the reader is able to see the themes that Irving embeds within the narrative These gems slowly come to create a larger masterpiece that the patient reader is able to see for themselves by the final few pages I am happy that I was able to last this lengthy piece as its rewards surely outweigh the non linear nature of the story at timesKudos Mr Irving for a stunning piece well worthy of a five star ratingThis book fulfils the January reuirement of the Mind the Bookshelf Gap reading challenge This book also fulfils Topic 3 Children Matter in the Euinox 9 reading challenge Lovehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge

  • Paperback
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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • John Irving
  • English
  • 19 February 2019
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About the Author: John Irving

JOHN IRVING was born in Exeter New Hampshire in 1942 His first novel Setting Free the Bears was published in 1968 when he was twenty six He competed as a wrestler for twenty years and coached wrestling until he was forty seven Mr Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times—winning once in 1980 for his novel The World According to Garp He received an O Henry Award



10 thoughts on “A Prayer for Owen Meany

  1. says:

    I'm short on time for this review but man this is the closest thing to a perfect story as anything I've ever readI

  2. says:

    “I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice Not because of his voice or because he was the smallest person I ever knew or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death but because he is the reason I believe in God” I've opted for the 3 star approach but you shouldn't give it much weight where this book is concerned Some people are really hung up on ratings does it really only deserve 1 star? you seemed to l

  3. says:

    A long time ago I came across a story that my grandmother recommended I wasn’t sure what to expect but I definitely hadn’t expected to read what would become my favorite book The story begins as many do giving

  4. says:

    Being in a melancholy mood I was trying to think of a book that made me laugh tears And the first one that came to mind was Owen Meany I couldn't stop laughing except for when I cried buckets Rarely do I read books that shake my emo

  5. says:

    This is the book that made me want to be a writer I read it in high school thanks to my favorite English teacher Mrs B who had written down the title on a Post It note and said You need to read this I immediately went and found a copy and had it finished it by the end of the week There is no way I can write a review that is worthy of this novel but I shall try It is the story of two boys in New Hampshire in the 1950s the narrator

  6. says:

    I've been on a huge John Irving kick recently and man am I glad I didn't start with this book because I might ha

  7. says:

    To begin the year I tackled one of John Irving’s classic novels that found me laughing throughout while also extracting some of the serious themes Owen Meany is a small child much tinier than those his age With this he has the most grating voice one could imagine Some attribute this to the family granite company while o

  8. says:

    Solid four stars This is book seven in my John Irving Challenge Let it be known that I'm an idiot Irving's books shouldn't be read this close together He takes upwards of four years to write these fucking things and readin

  9. says:

    I'm sure you can read a million reviews about this book It seems to be many people's favorite Let me just say that

  10. says:

    I gave this book three stars because I figure that's the average of five stars and one star Some of the things about this book were

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