A Prayer for Owen Meany: John Irving


An American classic.  Johnny Wheelwright tells us the first person account of his best friend Owen Meany, a boy so small in size that his classmates passed him around in Sunday school, from adolescence to adulthood.  Besides many other oddities, Owen Meany foresaw his own death.  It’s an ok story – in parts not completely believable.  The bit about Johnny’s real father, an unexpected turn.  The writing is terrific, however.  Adolescent boys in their super-confused state of mind and the Vietnam war and how it divided the nation are particularly captured beautifully.  The humor – both in Gravesend Academy and the church works.  Owen Meany’s unbearably irritating voice that speaks in capital letters is interesting.