5 Star Fridays · Fiction · Uncategorized

A Prayer for Owen Meany

“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.”

Fall into the summer of 1953 with two eleven-year-old best friends, Owen and John. Owen is an odd sort…rather elvish in appearance with a high, squeaky voice. He doesn’t believe anything happens by accident. So when Owen hits a baseball that strikes John’s mother and kills her, he thinks it is divine intervention. Owen had had a crush on John’s mom, and she returned his affection in a motherlike way, even getting him into a prestigious boarding school.

Despite the death of his mother, John remains good friends with Owen and proceeds to see what an amazing, intricate person he is. Through a series of circumstances and jobs, Owen believes he is an instrument of God and was created to die a martyred death. From the Vietnam war to being a casualty officer, Owen finds himself in situations that could quite possibly lead to an early death.

A second tragic accident leads to the culmination of this novel. Read the book to find out how the relationship between these two boys grows into one between men, and how the little boy with the squeaky voice restores the faith of another.

 

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