So I’m doing a thesis paper on Owen Meany so I decided to do my first official book review on it!
A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany, published by Ballantine in 1989, is a long, sprawling novel in the tradition of Charles Dickens and other nineteenth-century novelists. John Wheelwright, a former American who is now a Canadian citizen living in Toronto, tells the story. John recalls growing up in a small town in New Hampshire with a very unusual best friend, a tiny boy with a high voice named Owen Meany. Despite his strange appearance and voice, Owen is a boy with a strong personality, intellectual gifts, and an air of authority that enables him to take charge of a situation. Owen also possesses a strong religious faith and an uncanny knowledge of future events in his life—including the exact time and circumstances of his own tragic but heroic death. It is through Owen Meany that John becomes a religious believer.
So, first off. If you have read this book, you will understand the amazingness of this cover. At first i thought it was a rat. But when I realized that it was, in fact, an armadillo, the awesomeness of this whole thing just hit me. Like I said, if you have read it, you will understand. If not, then go out and read this book and you will!
DANGER! WARNING! DO NOT READ AHEAD IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK OR DON’T CARE IF IT IS RUINED FOR YOU BEFORE YOU READ IT! IN OTHER WORDS, WHETHER YOU READ THIS SECTION OR NOT, READ THE BOOK!!
So this is my review of this book. This book made me truly believe in fate. Even though this is a purely fictional piece of literature it touches you in ways thought impossible. I was required to read this book for AP Lit and it was incredible. By far the best book I have read in the class yet. The realization you come to at the end when everything finally comes together at Owen’s death scene is one of incredible proportions. Owen’s death proves all of his beliefs, and further causes Johnny to reevaluate his beliefs and fate.
This book is just great. It is positively amazing. John Irving is an incredible author, and I suggest that EVERYONE read this book.
So here are some songs that I think would go AWESOMELY with this book:
Fate: Bleak Ft. Ana Johnson
Lagwagon: Owen Meany
Goodbye Sky Harbor: Jimmy Eat World
Hero: Mariah Carey
Wind Beneath My Wings: Bette Midler
So this is my review :]