A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Prayer for Owen Meany By John Irving Viral Kindle JOHN IRVING was born in Exeter New Hampshire in His first novel Setting Free the Bears was published in

A Prayer for Owen Meany By John Irving Viral Kindle 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 in 1981 for his short story Interior Space In 2000, Mr Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules In 2013, he won a Lambda Literary Award for his novel In One Person An international writer his novels have been translated into than thirty five languages John Irving lives in Toronto His all time best selling novel, in every language, is A Prayer for Owen Meany Avenue of Mysteries is his fourteenth novel.. Alternate Cover for ISBN 0345361792Owen 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.. Good Ebook A Prayer for Owen Meany I'm short on time for this review, but man, this is the closest thing to "a perfect story" as anything I've ever read.***I'm back a few days later to edit my review, because I can't stop thinking about this book. It might be my favorite. I might be in love with this story. As the first sentence of the story starts out, "I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice...", well, I am, too.***SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ON IN THE REVEIW***I think I fell in love with book as I read one specific sentence. It's at the end of the story, when Owen and Johnny are in the "temporary bathroom" with the children, and his dream is starting to unfold. I thought I had it all figured out - the lunatic kid has the grenade and he's going to try and blow them up. But then I read the sentence when Owen looks to Johnny and says something along the lines of "WE'LL HAVE ABOUT FOUR SECONDS". Maybe I was a little slow to catch on, but it was right then that I realized the reason they had always practiced "the shot". It blindsighted me and I loved it. Irving had made their routine practice of "the shot" so commonplace in their time together, that I forgot about even asking what purpose it served being in the story.But the sentence carries so much more power than that. At the same time I realized the purpose of "the shot", it also hit home how Owen had lived his entire life for that momemt. He had known his fate, his moment, and not only did he embrace it, he had prepared for it. And when it came time to act and live this moment, he didn't flinch. Just as Owen had lived his life for one specific point and time, the power of this story was revealed to me in one perfect sentence. It gave me THE SHIVERS.

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  1. 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 in 1981 for his short story Interior Space In 2000, Mr Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules In 2013, he won a Lambda Literary Award for his novel In One Person An international writer his novels have been translated into than thirty five languages John Irving lives in Toronto His all time best selling novel, in every language, is A Prayer for Owen Meany Avenue of Mysteries is his fourteenth novel.

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  1. I m short on time for this review, but man, this is the closest thing to a perfect story as anything I ve ever read I m back a few days later to edit my review, because I can t stop thinking about this book It might be my favorite I might be in love with this story As the first sentence of the story starts out, I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice , well, I am, too SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ON IN THE REVEIW I think I fell in love with book as I read one specific sentence It s at the [...]


  2. 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 like it, why not 5 stars when in truth, this book is so complex, smart, [...]


  3. 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 quickly catches up with the main characters and the supporting cast And we quickly learn of Johnny and Owen Meany, two friends who forge an eternal bond despite their obvious mismatches physic [...]


  4. 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 is Johnny Wheelwright, whose family is wealthy and his friend [...]


  5. 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 works.This 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 tequila 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 Firs [...]


  6. 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 I have read 5 or 6 John Irving books, and this is the only one that is much than a good story About 10 years ago I was assisting a photography class for adults, and one of the particpants, a minister, saw that I was reading this book He said that A prayer for Owen Meany had to say about the nature of God than anything he had ever read We had a fabulous conversation about the book [...]


  7. 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 great others were really terrible.Irving s strong point is definitely his ability to draw interesting characters in vivid sometimes painful detail Owen, of course, is the central and most interesting character He s a little runt of a boy with a bizarre voice, a sarcastic wit, an iron will, and an unwavering faith in God and in the fact that he is an instrument of Go [...]


  8. 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 reading them back to back only highlights the little repetitive details that an author will forget about in four plus years I do not suggest being an idiot like me Take your time with this author s back catalog I d say, they would be best read a year apart from each other Now we dig [...]


  9. It s a while since I finished this book I felt I just needed a little time to gather my thoughts on it there s a lot to take in For those who have yet to experience this amazing book I ll quickly summarise the set up The two main characters are Johnny Wheelwright through whose voice the tale is told and his best friend Owen Meany Owen is small in stature possible less than five feet tall, fully grown but big in character His voice we ll come back to that dominates the novel Set in a small New Ha [...]


  10. It was Owen Meany who taught me that any good book is always in motion from the general to the specific, from the particular to the whole, and back again Good reading and good writing about reading moves the same way John Irving is a great believer in the power of opening and closing lines The one I have chosen above comes from the middle of the novel, but it explains both my fascination with the hero of the story and my goals in reviewing connect the universal with the individual Implied is a j [...]


  11. I might need to come back and write a longer review after I ve thought about this book for a while because there is definitely a lot to ponder It s a 600 page book that I never fully loved, but I never wanted to stop reading it Objectively, I think this book is really smart and thoughtful and good whatever that means But my heart was never fully in it This review is not going to make a lot of sense because I don t think I ve made sense of my feelings towards this one yet Anyway, it made me want [...]


  12. 3.75 5 WHAT A JOURNEY THAT WAS I may write a longer review later, but basically this book was amazing, a bit too much focus on religion for me personally, but overall I really enjoyed it This book has a lot of the same elements that The Goldfinch has, so I recommend giving this a try if you enjoyed that book, but some things just didn t 100% click for me This is one of those books I feel like everybody should read though, because Owen Meany is an entirely unique character, and one that everybody [...]


  13. Write memorable characters How many How to Write books have said that Whatever the number, it s a rule that John Irving must have taken to heart Readers of this book will not soon forget the little guy in the title Owen was exceedingly small, and had a high, almost cartoonish voice But he also had a commanding presence When he spoke, people listened In large part, this was because he had a lot to say He was opinionated, influential, and smart.The narrator, John, was not as central to the story B [...]



  14. a whole hearted kind of irving novel my irving kick started with the cider house rules and burned quickly through garp good to start with the classics , a widow for one year didn t like very much , hotel new hampshire, and then owen meany irving has a kind of roundness and soulfulness on the one hand that really brings you into the characters they have full and complex voices and sometimes nearly inscrutable relationships hardly any other authors i can think of have such a light touch that they [...]


  15. I unfortunately picked up this book for the first time as I was leaving for a vacation at my friend s house for her birthday and Christmas And I couldn t put it down I was an appalling house guest, and a worse celebrator And I don t really regret it, because it marked a moment in time, a turning point for me I ve said this before I ve been sort of struggling with a very personal theory about what I love best in fiction I think it has something to do with the fact that wonderful fiction for me hi [...]


  16. With over 200,000 reviews on this modern classic I m thinking a rating should suffice but will add my thoughts Growing up during the same time period in which it is set, much was personally relevant about the times recounted in these pages A bitter sweet, brilliant, laugh out loud, tragic tale about an epic friendship, beginning in the 1950s and into the Vietnam War era From my viewpoint too long winded in sections, yet so worth the ride It requires patience from the reader as we follow them thr [...]


  17. 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 am a Christian because of Owen Meany That is the opening lines of the novel,and aptly describes what the book is about This novel goes from there,and takes you on a wild ride of quirky characters,and circumstances that will make you laugh your ass off This book is on [...]


  18. It s taken me several years to get into this one now I m not sure why It s long and the book starts slowly, although it s always very well written But the story and the writing pick up momentum as it goes along and by the last third I could hardly put it down And the ending, although the reader is prepared for it, is riveting.Owen Meany and Johnny Wheelright are childhood friends This friendship not only survives but becomes even closer following a tragedy, which happens right at the beginning o [...]


  19. I ve been giving too many four star reviews lately, so thought I d mix it up with a review of a book I have conflicted feelings about Thus, two stars for Owen Meany Which, by the way, is my favorite of the John Irving novels I ve read Not a fan I enjoyed many elements of Owen Meany as I read it Liked the narrator s family mother, grandmother, cousins and the business with the stuffed armadillo Liked his description of his school days, and thought that the section in which Owen transfixes the tow [...]


  20. Wow, this was such a weird reading experience I knew from the beginning that this was going to be a great story, and I kind of devoured its 700 pages, but at the same time, I kept wondering why that was This book deals with themes and a time period that I m not very familiar with Themes such as the Vietnam War, USA in the 1950s and 1960s and Catholicism The time period was very vague to me, and I m sure that an older reader would benefit than me from reading this story Yet, I loved it John Irvi [...]


  21. This book is about faith and its opposite, doubt It s about people who look for something outside themselves to give themselves faith, in a higher power, in others, in themselves.Of the John Irving books I ve read, it s probably the most fully realized At times, critics have called Irving s writing Dickensian and for once that description holds water The story and the thematic elements mesh well The amount of quirkiness apparent in Irving s earlier novels has been reduced No matter what Victoria [...]


  22. A Prayer for Owen Meany was a novel that I had wanted to read for a very long time and was it worth the wait For the first 150 pages I was totally engrossed in the story and the characters of John, Owen, John s Mother Tabitha and Grandmother But as the story progressed it became bogged down with an over abundance of details, facts and political and religious opinions and at times I found myself totally switching off and longing to get back to the story I started.I really felt so divided about wh [...]


  23. 11 year old Owen Meany doesn t believe in mistakes, so when he hits the baseball which causes his best friend Johnny Wheelwright s mother s death , he begins to see himself as an instrument of God This coming of age tale of the two boys growing up in a small town in 1950 s New Hampshire, is a worthy modern classic about friendship and faith Owen though beloved is described as a small, strange boy with a croaky voice and when he glimpses the exact date and circumstance of his death while performi [...]


  24. This is quite possibly my favorite book of all time I think that it is Irving at his best There are events set out early on in the book that tie back in at the end beautifully I finished this book on the bus from Mont st Michelle and cried my eyes out The characters were just believable enough and yet still stretched the bounds of what you would expect I hope that someday I find a stuffed armadillo


  25. 4.5 Stars Although somewhat tedious at times, definitely an amazing and unforgettable story Owen, with his unusual voice and diminutive size is a gifted, emotional, and peculiar character with a commanding presence Highly recommend for those with the time 600 pages and a bit of patience


  26. Audio narrated by Joe BarrettOpening sentence 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 am a Christian because of Owen Meany.This is a modern fable a story of faith, moral courage, destiny and friendship Covering the period from 1953 to the late 1980s, Irving uses the narrator Johnny Wheelwright to commen [...]



  27. October 2011The World According to Garp is one of my favorite books, and my favorite of John Irving s books as well It was also my first Irving novel I first read it in 2006, and it was nearly a year before I worked up the courage to read of Irving s work Garp was such a good novel, I was worried that anything else wouldn t measure up to it or it would, and Garp would suddenly pale in comparison to something even better I m not sure which possibility scared me .It turned out to be the former A [...]


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