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A Prayer for Owen Meany
February 13, 2013, 7:57 am
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John Irving created a complicated world in “A Prayer for Owen Meany” encompassing both politics and an emotionally gripping tale . Set in a traditional New Hampshire town seemingly boring to outsiders, but filled with salacious gossip to keep the modern day gossip-mongers on the edge of their seats was a treat to read.   Also, I enjoyed Irving’s style because  he didn’t impress his views , he simply gave you the information to draw your own conclusions. Then, I learned a lot about New England sentiments, and far more about Owen Meany’s presence in the lives of the traditional New Hampshire townspeople. Owen’s voice and size set Owen apart from the rest of his peers but he makes up for his physical setbacks with his immense intelligence and wit. Owen is a charismatic guy that feels compelled by god to help the people around him including John Wheelright.

 Although the narrative is told through John Wheelright’s perspective, the story is mainly about Owen Meany and the effect his presence has on the lives of the people around him. Only after reading the novel did I realize that John Irving crafted an expertly hidden philosophical narrative about theology. I viewed Owen’s presence in the lives of people around him as Jesus’s presence in his disciples lives. Throughout the narrative I began to compare Owen’s plight with Jesus’s plight. Both were alerted by god the day they would die and how they would die, both were conceived through immaculate conception, and both were sacrificed for the sins of others.  I believe Irving story was his version of the second coming or how it would be orchestrated. I strongly urge anyone willing to commit to 617 pages of text and possess a willingness to think deeper than the text will say will love Irving’s novel.

 By: Lindsay Young

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