Год издания: 2008
Издатель: Ballantine Books
Количество страниц: 640
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Owen Meany is a dwarfish boy with a strange voice who accidentally kills his best friends mum with a baseball and believes--correctly, it transpires--that he is an instrument of God, to be redeemed by martyrdom. John Irvings novel, which inspired the 1998 Jim Carrey movie Simon Birch, is his most popular book in Britain, and perhaps the oddest Christian mystic novel since Flannery OConnors work. Irving fans will find much that is familiar the New England prep-school-town setting, symbolic amputations of man and beast, the Garp-like unknown father of the narrator (Owens orphaned best friend), the rough comedy. The scene of doltish Dr Dolder, Owens shrink, drunkenly driving his VW down the schools marble steps is a marvellous set piece. So are the Christmas pageants Owen stars in. But its all, as Highlights magazine used to put it, "fun with a purpose". When Owen plays baby Jesus in the pageants, and glimpses a tombstone with his death date while enacting A Christmas Carol, the slapstick doesnt change the fact that he was born to be martyred. The books countless subplots add up to a moral argument, specifically an indictment of American foreign policy--from Vietnam to the Contras.