A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving

A Prayer for Owen Meany

By John Irving

  • Release Date: 2012-03-13
  • Genre: Classics
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 316 Ratings)


A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice—not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.

In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.


  • Unique & Fascinating!

    By pegg12
    3.5 stars A Prayer for Owen Meany is a unique and fascinating literary fiction read. I had a difficult time rating this book, because, although I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and found it captivating, humorous, and thought-provoking, it is bloated. The author could have easily shaved off two hundred pages and made this book not only easier to read but more enjoyable as well. The story itself, however, is unique, multilayered, controversial, and just plain fascinating. Owen Meany is an adult who has been teased since childhood. He is barely five feet tall and weighs less than one hundred pounds. Although Owen’s voice is strangled and screechy, whenever he speaks, people listen. Owen Meany is brilliant, witty, outspoken, and rebellious. He is also kind, loving and selfless. Owen is an enigma. Although Owen and John were two very different people, they have been best friends for forever. Owen came from a poor and depressed home where both of his parents were mentally handicapped. John came from a fatherless but loving home, where he lived with his mother and grandmother. Often, imperfect people, are used by God, to influence and teach others, life lessons. Owen was such a person, and he knew what his purpose was. A Prayer For Owen Meany is a book that will grip your heart, trigger your anger, make you think, laugh out loud and cry. It’s a fascinating book that will leave an imprint on your heart.
  • It won't let me read it

    By Not good for iPhone
    I would like to read the book but it doesn't let me
  • Brutal

    By Msllllll
    I felt compelled to read this after reading all the reviews, and honestly I tried ... I am an avid reader and have read many of the classics but this was a brutal read. One interesting character cannot carry this book in this case. Too much "filler" and not enough substance..I can't drag myself back to read the end .. Feels like a forced read for school that I'll be tested on.
  • Fabulous in every way!

    By Turnerx5
    Yes, you need to labor past the first 50 pages. Your reward is waiting, and it is considerable. My favorite book.
  • Amazing Book

    By loserish
    The best book I have ever read. A classic tale of the love of a friendship. I've read it many, many times and I can only hope I can keep enjoying it for years to come. Owen Meany is perhaps John Irving's most impassioned and genuine characters.
  • Incredible story

    By Hanna Turner
    I thought this book was amazing. The writing style of John Irving brings the characters to life and draws you into the book like no other. You easily become engrossed in the plot and will not want to stop reading. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys deep storylines and a touching tale of two best friends and their fates.
  • Great Book!

    By Srwcapecod
    This will be on my favorite book list. I procrastinated over reading this book for years. It was recommended by several people, but I always had a strange feeling about John Irving's books. I am so glad I read this. A truly great story, funny, sad, moving, makes you think. I highly recommend it.
  • Wonderful

    By Jennifer Campbell
    A little slow to start, but a few chapters in and you'll be hooked. Wonderful story.
  • What am I missing!

    By Crewster12
    Downloaded this book after reading the reviews. I can't force myself to keep reading . The most boring book I've ever read.
  • unforgettable

    By Oceanvoyager81atGmail
    A beautiful work of art. Some of the most profoundly moving lines I have ever read are here. This novel found a place in me years ago and it stayed, unforgettable.