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.
In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.
And here is what The Queen Bee had to say about it...
I will start by saying John irving is one of my favorite writers. I think I have read everything he has written and I anxiously await his next novel. His stories are so intricate, his characters so memorable and yet I am not sure I can find the words to review the book.
Owen Meany comes from a family who owns a granite quarry in Gravesend, New Hampshire.He is a very small in stature, a midget and has a voice that pierces ears drums. (In the book, Irving choose to use all caps when Owen speaks. You can almost hear him yourself) In school , the kids get a kick out of hanging Owen by the back of his pants in coat closets, they pass him back in forth in class like a doll. But they would never hurt him, he is like their pet. His best friend is John Wheelwright. John is from a very prominent lumber family. John's grandmother , the matriarch, looks down on the Meany's. Lumber is so much higher on the esteem chain then granite. John was born out of wedlock, to a beautiful mother with a beautiful singing voice. She is such a a lovely woman that no one in town thinks it scandalous at all. She has kept the truth of his father a secret from John, and he expects that someday, she will tell him. Someday never comes as she is hit on the head by a baseball during one of John's games. The ball hit by none other than Owen Meany.
Owen & John remain very good friends and the basis of the book is about that friendship.
Irving writes about the most bizarre relationships. Read any one of his books and you will be sucked right up in the weird & wonderful world of Irving's characters.
I highly recommend this book and any other book John Irving has written. Many of Irving 's novels have been made into movies. But please, do yourself a big favor, read the book first.
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