A Prayer for Owen Meany


  1. ^ More precisely, the main character of The Tin Drum, Oskar Matzerath, appears split into Owen Meany and John Wheelwright in Irving's book. Many parallels between the characters Owen/John and Oscar are listed on this German website, the most obvious being
    • Body size
    • "Broken" voice
    • Both display supernatural powers (Oskar by his own choice stops growing at the age of 3/Owen foresees his future)
    • Absence of father (Oskar and John)
    • Both work as stonemasons producing gravestones
    • Oskar compares himself to Jesus, Owen impersonates him
    • Oskar and Owen are improbably intelligent and articulate, even as children
    • A war is central to both stories
    • Both stories are told in retrospection as well as in present tense
    • Oskar prevents an execution by drumming (which he trained all his life); Owen prevents the killing of Vietnamese children by applying a basketball shot (which he trained all his life)
  2. ^ See e.g., Irving's NYT article A Soldier Once about Grass' autobiography Peeling the Onion, 8th July 2007.
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  4. ^ a b c Bernstein, Richard (25 April 1989). "John Irving: 19th-Century Novelist for These Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  5. ^ James, Caryn (8 March 1989). "Books of The Times: John Irving's 'Owen Meany': Life With Booby Traps". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d Jeon, Hoon Pyo, Jung, Eugena (9 April 2012). "Award winning novelist talks effects of war". Yale Daily News. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Irving, John (1989). A Prayer for Owen Meany. New York: William Morrow and Company. ISBN 0688077080. 
  8. ^ Ballenger, Seale (17 February 2012). "John Irving’s Beloved Modern Classic A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY to Be Available in E-book Edition For the First Time". Harper Collins Publishers. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Kazin, Alfred (12 March 1989). "A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY". The New York Times Book Review. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Weaver, J. Denny (Summer 2011). "Owen Meany as atonement figure: how he saves". Christian Literature 60 (4): 613. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  11. ^ General One File (19 March 1989). "BESTSELLERS: March 19, 1989". The New York Times Book Review. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Author page: John Irving". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  13. ^ The Happy Bit. "Book-It Repertory Theatre". Book-It Repertory Theatre. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "John Irving's personal thoughts on Simon Birch". 1998-09-07. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  15. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama, A Prayer for Owen Meany". BBC. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "Chat: Chat with Phil Jackson - SportsNation - ESPN Los Angeles". ESPN.com. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  17. ^ "A Prayer for Owen Meany - Ryan Granville-Martin". Ryan Granville-Martin. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "Ryan Granville-Martin". exclaim.ca. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 

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