A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANEY | Last Minute Book Report

Anna Drezen & Todd Dakotah Briscoe present A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANEY | Last Minute Book Report

After reading A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANEY in 10 minutes, Anna Drezen & Todd Dakotah Briscoe (co-authors of HOW MAY WE HATE YOU?) stumble their way through a book report on John Irving’s classic.


All I can say is they need to read the book in its entirety as it is one of my favorite books ever. EVERYONE needs to read this book!

Also, do not ever watch the movie. It was so bad Irving made them change the name of the main character from Owen Meany. The movie is called Simon Birch, and has a 44% on the Tomatometer. The audience score is higher but obviously those people never read the book. Rant over.

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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.

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