Saturday, August 7, 2010


Today we introduce a blog for Owen Meany.

I spent the entire summer in 1990 reading Owen Meany. I could not put it down. I got up every morning went out to the back yard and picked up where I left off the afternoon before. I forget how long it took me but, I think, I did nothing else til I finished it.

First mass market edition May 1990

A Prayer for Owen Meany is a novel by American writer John Irving, first published in 1989. It tells the story of John Wheelwright and his best friend Owen Meany growing up together in a small New England town during the 1950-60s. Owen is a remarkable boy in many ways; he believes himself to be God's instrument and journeys on a truly extraordinary path.

Sandy Carlson of Writing in Faith and I (she's reading the novel now and I will be teaching it in the Fall) thought we'd dedicate a blog to Owen Meany, one of the most unusual characters in American fiction.

So get yourself a copy of A Prayer for Owen Meany and begin. It's 600+ pages. Wait, wait don't go. We promise you you will never forget Owen meany and his story.

We will talk about anything having to do with Owen, his author, the themes, the symbols, the events in the book.

Here are a couple of quotes from the novel:

"If you care about something you have to protect it – If you’re lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it."

"We invent what we love, and what we fear."

Mary & Sandy

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