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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.
Good story Johnny!! Enjoyed all the laughs and even got choked-up a couple times.
I want my own Owen! I'm not even the slightest bit religious.
I read John Irving's anti-war account when it was first published many years ago. Now that I am finding Kindle the ideal travelling companion
I am glad to have A Prayer for... Read more
I have never been a great fan of 'popular literature' and this novel underlines the reasons why this is so. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ronald W. Maron
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 15 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 21 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 22 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