bob has called a prayer for owen meany by john irving one of the best books of the 1980s, but re-reading it has elevated that praise. (joey, far less educated and far less well read, would agree.) we discuss the novel's exquisite plotting, the idea of determinism, and the mysteries core to the plot. bob threatens to fight john irving based on an interview that joey talks about, then criticizes joey's accent (or, more directly, his obliviousness) before criticizing his own. we also talk about the big mysteries inherent within a prayer for owen meany, as well as the narrative's biggest villains. joey unknowingly quotes a dictator then tries to coin a new phrase, which bob rejects. we also preview our patreon bonus episode, dropping next week, where we cover simon birch: the film adaptation of a prayer for owen meany.reading list for season onedeath in her hands by ottessa moshfegh, 6/3pizza girl by jean kyoung frazier, 6/17you shall know our velocity by dave eggers, 7/1memories of my father watching tv by curtis white, 7/15a prayer for owen meany by john irving, 7/29colorless tsukuru tazaki by haruki murakami, 8/12any man by amber tamblyn, 8/26ducks, newburyport by lucy ellmann, 9/9open city by teju cole, 9/23never let me go by kazuo ishiguro, 10/7
Have you ever wondered what it's like to live with someone who is obsessed with Volvos, doesn't trust anyone who can't drive a stick, and yells about the Undertoad all the time because of a two-decade-long obsession with John Irving? Well, here's your chance to find out. In this mini-episode, Theresa interrogates her other half about that time she made him listen to "A Prayer for Owen Meany" and whether or not he thinks she is more or less obsessed with Owen than she is with "Gilmore Girls." Oh, and you'll learn how they ended up with an armadillo in their living room. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/midlit/support
Works by John IrvingA Prayer for Owen MeanyThe World According to Garp (book in various formats)The World According to Gary (1982 film starring Robin Williams, Glenn Close and John Lithgow)Avenue of MysteriesThe Cider House RulesLast Night in Twisted RiverOther Related Books or Materials13 Facts about A Prayer for Owen Meany (link opens an article from Mental Floss from Apr 2015)John Irving in 1990 (link opens TPL Special Collections page of the Toronto Star Archives featuring a 1990 photo of Irving by Doug Griffin)Episode 162: A Prayer for Owen Meany (link opens a podcast episode by Overdue Podcast)John Irving: A Prayer for Owen Meany (link opens a podcast episode by BBC Radio 4 Bookclub) About the HostNovelist Randy Boyagoda is a professor of English at the University of Toronto and principal of St. Michael’s College, where he holds the Basilian Chair in Christianity, Arts, and Letters. He is the author of three novels: Original Prin, Beggar's Feast, and Governor of the Northern Province. His fiction has been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize (2006) and IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize (2012), and named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice Selection (2012 and 2019) and Globe and Mail Best Book (2018). He contributes essays, reviews, and opinions to publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, First Things, Commonweal, Harper’s, Financial Times (UK), Guardian, New Statesman, Globe and Mail, and National Post, in addition to appearing frequently on CBC Radio. He served as President of PEN Canada from 2015-2017.Music is by Yuka From the ArchivesWriters Off the Page: 40 Years of TIFA is the first series associated with the Toronto Public Library’s multi-year digital initiative, From the Archives, which presents curated and digitized audio, video and other content from some of Canada’s biggest cultural institutions and organizations.Thanks to the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) for allowing TPL access to their archives to feature some of the best-known writers in the world from moments in the past. Thanks as well to Library and Archives Canada for generously allowing TPL access to these archives.
Stranded! A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (Part Two)
We return to stranded! We finish our discussion on John Irving’s novelization of Simon Birch! Daniel grows tired of the Strand 80! Also: a game is played!21:45 BooktalkTopgallantRadio.com - Radio for sailors