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A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
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The story of a Prayer for Owen Meany, a tale written by John Irving, unravels a novel paralleling the story of Jesus to that of a young boy named Owen, who is distinguished by his unwavering faith and humorously startling way of talking “IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.” The story is narrated by John Wheelwright, the best friend of Owen. Through his eyes, the reader unravels the mystery of not only John’s origins, but Owen’s as well.

John’s mother, Tabby, beloved by both boys, has always kept the identity of John’s father a secret, promising to one day reveal. But before, this could ever happen, tragedy strikes, and Tabby is killed. The boys grow up and suffer through the loss, living in mystery and soon forgetting about it all together. Their hardships range from school, work, and even joining military affairs to engage in the Vietnam War. Along the way, Owen sticks to his Christian faith and preaches his good will to all, impacting everyone he meets with his miraculous ways and counseling nature.

Owen’s prophecies and revelations will come to explain the mystery John has wondered all his life: who was his father? But it comes at a very hefty price.

A Prayer for Owen Meany is a loving story where we remember that in this world, it is necessary to forgive, persevere, and move on from the past in order to claim a new, brighter future. This book was highly entertaining, and allowed one to muse on their beliefs, and wonder just how much of an impact we can make on society; maybe even make a dent as comparable to Owen’s.
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