John Irving is one of American bestselling authors and also an Academy Award winning screenwriter. In 1989, his seventh and one of his most famous works was published. A Prayer for Owen Meany is an inspirational modern classic novel with apparent religious and spiritual theme. This book has been adapted in film, television, and theatre presentations.
The novel tells about the lives of two of Irving’s most memorable characters. They are Owen Meany and Johnny Wheelwright. Owen is a very extraordinary boy with remarkable character who believes that he is God’s instrument and that God has touched his life. Johnny is the best friend of and has his life greatly affected greatly by Owen.
In the summer of 1953, those two best friends play together in a baseball league. During one of the games, a fatal incident happens that changes the life of those two boys for good. Owen hits a foul ball that kills Johnny’s mother. After that foul ball, what happens to Owen Meanny is both amazing and terrifying.
A Review from Publisher Weekly (as written at Amazon.com):
Although he is convincing in his appraisal of the tragedy of Vietnam and in his religious philosophizing, "Irving's storytelling skills have gone seriously astray in this contrived, preachy, tedious tale of the eponymous Owen Meany, a latter-day prophet and Christ-like figure who dies a martyr after having inspired true Christian belief in the narrator Johnny Wheelwright," warned PW . Author tour.
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