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A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel (1989 original; edició 2012)

de John Irving (Autor)

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In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys--best friends--are playing in a Little League baseball game in New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills his best friend's mother. Owen Meany believes he didn't hit the ball by accident. He believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after 1953 is extraordinary and terrifying. He is Irving's most heartbreaking hero.… (més)
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Títol:A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel
Autors:John Irving (Autor)
Informació:Mariner Books (2012), Edition: Reprint, 627 pages
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A Prayer for Owen Meany de John Irving (1989)

  1. 132
    El món segons Garp de John Irving (dele2451)
    dele2451: Garp and Owen would make a great literary double feature. I wish I didn't have to wait so many years between reading both of these wonderful books.
  2. 122
    The Hotel New Hampshire de John Irving (Booksloth)
  3. 51
    Peace Like a River de Leif Enger (jhedlund)
  4. 53
    A Son of the Circus de John Irving (Booksloth)
  5. 20
    The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint: A Novel de Brady Udall (sanddancer)
  6. 20
    The Art of Fielding de Chad Harbach (Ciruelo)
  7. 10
    El Timbal de llauna de Günter Grass (spiphany)
  8. 11
    The Lonely Polygamist de Brady Udall (sruszala)
    sruszala: The style--many characters, complicated but compelling story, the humor--all remind me of John Irving
  9. 11
    American Gods: Author's Preferred Text de Neil Gaiman (krazy4katz)
    krazy4katz: Both works have elements of religion and belief. They are both mystical in very different ways.
  10. 00
    Simon Birch [1998 film] de Mark Steven Johnson (TheLittlePhrase)
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    Observatory Mansions de Edward Carey (potenza)
    potenza: Similar peculiar, poignant central character
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Es mostren 1-5 de 330 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Wow! Maybe the longest listen I’ll ever do at 27 hours!!

So…I listened to this with a pretty naive and pure heart. Then I listened to the author answer some questions at the end and realized it was a deeper story than I had necessarily given it credit for. I love the friendship that Owen and Johnny had. Once in awhile I wondered if there was more to their relationship, but they were very passing thoughts. It always came back to the love between the very best of friends to me. Evidently the author did this very purposely and I think he did it brilliantly.

The religious aspect to Owen Meany was interesting too. He was represented as Christ-like; the author described him as a prophet and went on to say that prophets are frustrating to people; they can be annoying and condescending. This again was super subtle in the story and did not take over. You couldn’t help love and respect and yet be completely curious about Owen Meany. The author also describes Johnny as a disciple which I found fascinating.

John Irving quite perfectly began this story…

“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.”

and ended this story…

"O God—please bring him back! I shall keep asking You."

…and gave us everything else in between that we needed to know.

I wonder if I would have stayed as interested in the book if I had been reading it, but I was hooked to the audiobook and am finding myself curious about his other books too. (I know, I am pretty late to this party…but better late than never, right?!?) ( )
  snewell2 | Jun 24, 2024 |
I have to give this one five stars, even though it's sometimes rambling and repetitive. It's a coming of age story told in first person, and it details the narrator's friendship with Owen Meany, a bright, opinionated dwarf with a speech disorder who is convinced that God has a destiny planned for him.

John Irving is a truly masterful storyteller, with an ability for creating memorable but very human characters and for creating sweeping plots that in some ways reminds me of a modern Charles Dickens. The plot here is a bit improbable, but when it's such a powerful story you can't help but be moved.

Some readers may have some difficulty getting into it because of the sometimes repetitive and seemingly beside the point recollections, but you should trust the storyteller. There will be a reason for everything.

Truly moving and a real reading pleasure.

Beautiful start of the book, by the way:

“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.” ( )
  jcm790 | May 26, 2024 |
Aside from a hilarious description of a Christmas concert about half way through, this was very slow and eventually I skipped to the end and gave up.
  Abcdarian | May 18, 2024 |
The last time I read anything by this author was back in 1978, or thereabouts, when I read "The World According to Garp" which I didn't really care for. I wasn't all that captivated by the movie version of his "Cider House Rules", so wasn't in a hurry to read anything else by him, but a patron at the public library I was working in recommended this so I added it to my "want to read" list, where I think it sat for about a year. It's very long, especially if you listen to the audio version, but quite well-narrated, and really quite good. I was nearly finished when I played the beginning of it for my husband, and due to his interest, I ended up listening to the entire thing I'd already heard and then finally got to hear the end.
I liked the many references to classic literature, the characters of the two boys, and their friendship. Another thing I especially like is that at no time, despite its length, does it wander aimlessly leaving you wondering if the author has any idea how it will end. ( )
  TraSea | Apr 29, 2024 |
This book explores the friendship between Owen Meaney and the narrator, John Wheelwright during the years after WWII into the Vietnam era. After Own accidentally kills John's mother, he believes he is God's instrument. His fate is unavoidable and he learns to accept it. He's always been in God's hands. The book deals with themes that permeate adult life after a certain age- faith, doubt, purpose, disillusionment, loss, and grief. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 330 (següent | mostra-les totes)
"Owen Meany" is as sappy as a book can get without having a title like "Coddled By The Light" or "Sauntering Towards the Light" or "Picking Posies in the Fields of the Light," but it's never nauseating or treacly or overly wholesome. It's a nice good fun read, like a quiet vacation. Irving isn't wrangling us with extremes, here -- he gives us a break. You've been beat up enough, he says. I'll do the work for you this time. The result is merciful, healthy, warm and gladdening.
afegit per stephmo | editaSalon.com, Cintra Wilson (Sep 30, 1996)
 
The characters capable of representing such scepticism don't look good on paper, while the book puts all its efforts into promoting a belief in belief. But a belief in belief is something this book lams into elsewhere: the Americans' propensity for decisiveness in the absence of policy. On the green award of the Gravesend Academy, it may seem innocent enough; in the jungles and deserts of international trouble spots, it looks fatally naive.
afegit per stephmo | editaThe Guardian, Stephen Games (Jun 5, 1989)
 
Mr. Irving shows considerable skill as scene after scene mounts to its moving climax. But the thinking behind it all seems juvenile, preppy, is much too pleased with itself. There is something appropriate in the fact that so much of the book takes place in and around a New England academy. The heavily emphasized ''religious'' symbols at the center of the book - the contrast to American aggressiveness offered by the clawlessness of the armadillo, the armlessness of the Indian founder of the town, even John Wheelwright's imbecile joy at being mutilated as still another symbol of his sacrifice of sex to right thinking - all this reminds this long-tried teacher of all the ''Christ symbols'' his students find in everything and anything they have to read.
afegit per stephmo | editaNew York Times, Alfred Kazin (Mar 12, 1989)
 
Diminutive Owen Meany, believing himself to be God's instrument, unlocks life's mysteries for his closest friend in this imaginative mix of humor and tragedy.
From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.
afegit per Shortride | editaBooklist (Web de pagament) (Mar 1, 1989)
 
John Irving’s A Prayer For Owen Meany is yet another Irving book that absolutely held my attention, and had me racing to finish it. Irving, perhaps because of his own dyslexia, takes pains to write clearly and readably. He avoids labyrinthine construction. He earns his right to describe things by keeping the action moving.
 

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Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
—The Letter of Paul
to the Philippians
Not the least of my problems is that I can hardly even imagine what kind of an experience a genuine, self-authenticating religious experience would be. Without somehow destroying the process, how could God reveal himself in a way that would leave no room for doubt? If there were no room for doubt, there would be no room for me.
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Any Christian who is not a hero is a pig.
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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.
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One can learn much through the thin walls of summer houses.
She was just like our whole country—not quite young anymore, but not old either; a little breathless, very beautiful, maybe a little stupid, maybe a lot smarter than she seemed. And she was looking for something--I think she wanted to be good. Look at the men in her life—Joe DiMaggio, Arthur Miller, maybe the Kennedys. Look at how good they seem! Look at how desirable she was! That's what she was: she was desirable. She was funny and sexy—and she was vulnerable, too. She was never quite happy, she was always a little overweight. She was just like our whole country... And those men... Those famous, powerful men—did they really love her? Did they take care of her? If she was ever with the Kennedys, they couldn't have loved her—they were just using her, they were just being careless and treating themselves to a thrill. That's what powerful men do to this country—it's a beautiful, sexy, breathless country, and powerful men use it to treat themselves to a thrill! They say they love it but they don't mean it. They say things to make themselves appear good—they make themselves appear moral. That's what I thought Kennedy was: a moralist. But he was just giving us a snow job, he was just being a good seducer. I thought he was a savior. I thought he wanted to use his power to do good. But people will say and do anything just to get the power; then they'll use the power just to get a thrill. Marilyn Monroe was always looking for the best man—maybe she wanted the man with the most ability to do good. And she was seduced, over and over again—she got fooled, she was tricked, she got used, she was used up. Just like the country. The country wants a savior. The country is a sucker for powerful men who look good. We think they're moralists and then they just use us.
Every day is different; you never know how busy you'll be—most people don't die on schedule, most families don't order gravestones in advance.
. . . twenty-two-year-olds are stubborn.
You can't understand anything by reading the news.
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In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys--best friends--are playing in a Little League baseball game in New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills his best friend's mother. Owen Meany believes he didn't hit the ball by accident. He believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after 1953 is extraordinary and terrifying. He is Irving's most heartbreaking hero.

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