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Brown Book Club: “A Prayer for Owen Meany, A Novel”

February 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Brown Book Club will meet on Sunday, February 12, to discuss A Prayer for Owen Meany, a Novel by John Irving. We’ll begin at 6 pm with dinner, then go on to discussion.   Please RSVP by Friday, February 10, at resmar@comcast.net if you plan to attend.  Mention any food allergies, and bring $6 – $8 for the meal.
From an Amazon review:

“John Irving has written a profound novel of faith, friendship, and fate…the story is written as a memoir…One thing is clear from the beginning: Owen Meany is destined to change Johnny Wheelwright’s life.  Owen and Johnny are friends in New Hampshire in the 1950s. They have a unique bond which due in part to Owen’s extraordinary presence. The dwarfed child has a strange voice that chills most people . . . but he also has an adult-like wisdom and understanding. The bond between Owen and Johnny is sealed by a freak accident when Owen hits a baseball, killing Johnny’s mother.

As they grow up, it becomes clear to Johnny that Owen thinks he is guided by God. The accident with Johnny’s mother is just one incident that ultimately will lead Johnny to find his own faith.

There are moments of biting humor in the novel as well as moments of sadness. Although the majority of the story centers on Johnny’s childhood, it continues through his high school and college years. As expected for the setting, Kennedy and the Vietnam War become important themes throughout the story.

There are also moments when Johnny — writing in 1987 — steps out of character to tell the reader in a diary-like fashion about his life in the present as a teacher…I will always remember the stunning foreshadowing of the novel and the beautiful imagery that Irving writes. The story challenges on an intellectual basis, but also on a spiritual one.”

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Date:
February 12
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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resmar@comcast.net

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