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The book's mystic religiosity is steeped in Robertson Davies's Deptford trilogy, and the fatal baseball relates to the fatefully misdirected snowball in the first Deptford novel, Fifth Business. Tiny, symbolic Owen echoes the hero of Irving's teacher Günter Grass's The Tin Drum--the two characters share the same initials. A rollicking entertainment, Owen Meany is also a meditation on literature, history, and God. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
This book had been recommended to me years ago but I had never gotten around to reading it. I'm not religious at all but Irving's message did not feel like proselytizing. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sandy in Chapala
This is the only book I have read by this author, so I can't say anything about his other works, but this book was very good and I highly recommend it even if you are not a fan of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Joe
One of the best books of all time. Great writer great read. Good delivery fast and secure thank you for the book sir.Published 19 months ago by Anne Bottiglieri
I LOVED LOVED LOVED A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I buy it for every friend. It made me laugh so much and it made me smile all the time. Read more
I am an avid reader of literary fiction. I just finished The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. (which is very good) to give an example. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2012 by Gail Christoff
Read about three pages when I realized that the movie "simon Birch" was adapted from this book. this is one instance when I can say the movie was as good as the book. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2012 by L. clarke
This book is religious, political, involves war and is very long. All of those things I don't like but I liked this book. Read morePublished on May 25 2010 by A. Jacques
Here are my two cents worth about this book. I firmly believe that reading this book changed my life. It certainly changed my opinions about John Irving. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2009 by V. Hudson
Sorry to go against everyone who rated this book ten, but this is by far, without a doubt the WORST book i have ever read. The plot is awful. Read morePublished on March 25 2008 by Jim Bag