The play is an abstract, delicate and sometimes raw piece that follows the friendship of two young men in the turbulent years leading up to the Vietnam War. Where Meany succeeds, it does so with flying colors. Director Blake Robison balances the nostalgia of the sixties well with the timelessness of loss and friendship and is able to synthesize a multitude of ideas on belief, doubt and hypocrisy in less than two hours.
Since I mention it on my home page, many people who have searched for Owen Meany or Irving have found my page and have written to me. Of course, I had forgotten many of the events that happened, and even some of the feel of it. I needed to read it again to get back in touch with what it made me think and feel, and so that I could discuss it with you all intelligently.
It is hard for me to put up something that is not completely finished, but if I wait until it is perfected I may never get around to putting it up. All of my notes are taken out of the Ballantine Books paperback edition.
John seems to represent true doubt, rivaled only by Pastor Merrill. Faith can be based on many things, ignorance among them being the worst: Is that why the nativity on the mantel with the baby missing?
Doubt is better than faith based on false assumptions. To be a watcher is to gain wisdom John was a watcher.
He has some pretty harsh comments about this in the opening quotes of the novel. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.
Perhaps this is how Owen would look at it. Not the least of my problems is that I can hardly even imagine what kind of an experience a genuine, self-authenticating religious experience would be. Without somehow destroying me in the process, how could God reveal himself in a way that would leave no room for doubt?
If there were no room for doubt, there would be no room for me. Now, I ought to look this guy up! I especially love the last line. How could this whole novel not be an exploration of doubt with that quote at the beginning.
Any Christian who is not a hero is a pig. See other notes on faith in the Finger section.
Armlessness being the chief symbol of this. The armless theme is very pervasive. Owen cutting off the arms of the armadillo. I cannot ignore that a central theme of this book was centered on the emotional devastation, the physical devastation, of the Vietnam War.
It fucked them all to pieces. But, if anyone can make that generation relive it, it would be John Irving in this book. He hammers it home again and again. A war book, with no schemes of war! Why she was walking so close to the game.
Notice he blames everyone else but his mother, and Owen, his best friend.A Prayer for Owen Meany Open Response Considering this book takes place in my hometown, I have a very clear visual image of the setting(s) throughout the book. Not only does my mind usually create very clear images for everything I read, but since I know my town like .
The main character in A Prayer for Owen Meany was created by author John Irving to answer a religious had to rewrite the novel from memory after he had burned the manuscript out of fear. A Prayer for Owen Meany is a unique and fascinating literary fiction read.
I had a difficult time rating this book, because, although I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and found it captivating, humorous, and thought-provoking, it is bloated/5. Jun 30, · A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving is a book that even with its complicated plot and story is at its core, a microcosm and testament to the long, historical argument between undeniable religious faith and scepticism.
Based on a John Irving novel A Prayer for Owen Meany tells the story of John Wheelwright and his best friend Owen Meany growing up together in a small New England town during the s.
Owen is a remarkable boy in many ways; he believes himself to be God's instrument and journeys on a truly extraordinary path.
The play A Prayer for Owen Meany is about the power of religious belief and the power of believing in yourself and in the people that surround you. The purpose of the play was to help you take a drastic look at your own belief and how you react towards it and how your religion.