Book Reread! A Prayer for Owen Meany

John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989).

First sentence: “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.”

P. 99: “The thing had been crippled; it was rendered an invalid.”

Last sentence: “O God – please give him back! I shall keep asking You.

The first time I read this book, many years ago, I was wildly enthusiastic about it.  I kept telling all my friends they should read it.  Now I read it again, and I think I love it even more (if that is possible).  Irving describes things that you know can not be true in such a way that you actually begin thinking there is a slight chance they might have happened.  I love his descriptions of events and his way of telling a story.    I just love everything about this book.

I am sure I will reread A Prayer for Owen Meany again in a couple of years.



  1. I can’t remember whether I read this book. I read a few John Irving books in rapid succession many years ago and then I had enough of it. Certain themes always come back. But maybe if I read it (again?) I would be just as positive about it as you.

    • I am afraid I am a bit biased in favour of John Irving, Judith… He is definitely my favourite writer of all times… I am not even sure why, but I do know that I enjoy all his books immensely. I still have to read his latest, Last Night in Twisted River, but I am postponing the read because I want to keep the book unread for as long as possible (if that makes any sense).

  2. This is a book I still have not read, despite having owned a copy for as long as I can remember. Actually, I’ve only read The Cider House Rules by Irving, which I enjoyed, so you’d think I’d pick up another! I hope I’ll get to read this one soon. It’s the next Irving on my list.

    • You won’t regret reading it Erin. The first book I read by Irving was The World According to Garp and I loved it. But then I read Owen Meany and that really blew me off my feet. Since then, Irving is my favorite writer of all times..
      Thanks for your comment.

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