Book :: A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Prayer for Owen Meany
By: John Irving
Pages: 637
Published: 1989
Genre(s): Literary Fiction
Rating: (8)


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Owen Meany, the only child of a New Hampshire granite quarrier, believes he is God's instrument; he is. This is John Irving's most comic novel, yet Owen Meany is Mr. Irving's most heartbreaking character.

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Polilla-Lynn Polilla-Lynn

This is a story about friendship and love and remembering. The author takes the reader back and forth in time, creating curiosity and the need to keep reading. The annoying part for me is the cursing - too many f-bombs and using the Lord's name very disrespectfully quite often. For a different read that includes intense human drama at times, this is a book to try.

Oct 14th, 2019

bdubransky bdubransky

Jul 30th, 2018

forline forline

LOVED this!!! It was on a list and I was determined to finish the list....and wow!!! This was amazing!!!! I now recommend it...and would never have found it if I wasn't compulsive about finishing lists!

Jan 4th, 2018

bryanoz bryanoz

Jun 23rd, 2015

jwk jwk

One of my favorites

Dec 12th, 2014

acpac2004 acpac2004

Jul 25th, 2014

lanigan lanigan

Feb 15th, 2014

Nadzz Nadzz

A truly magical, beautiful, and brave story, this story captured my heart from the begging to the very last page this is my favorite book of all time. John Irving casted a love spell when he wrote this book, it is a heart warming story about a boy who believes in his destiny and works hard to make sure he achieves it. I believe everyone should read this story because it is so spectacular. At the end of the book I was in tears, I felt attached to this beautiful character as though he were a part of my family, this is how amazing this story truly is, it is a book that will stay with you forever.

Dec 7th, 2013

A Prayer for Owen Meany appears on these lists...

44th on Books You Can't Live Without by The Guardian

28th on The Big Read by BBC

52nd on Books of the Century by Waterstone

50th on 100 Books of the Past Century by Koen Books

20th on Top 100 Books by Harvard Book Store