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A Prayer for Owen Meany

By John Irving
  • ISBN Code: : 0307362027
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Pages : 544
  • Category : Fiction
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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 was 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 and terrifying.

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 835
  • Pdf File: trying-to-save-piggy-sneed.pdf

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In a spirited opening piece, John Irving explains how he became a writer. There follow six scintillating stories written over the past twenty years, inlcuding The Pension Grillparzer, previously only to be found inside The World According to Garp, and now given its first independent airing.

John the Revelator

By Peter Murphy
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  • Publisher : HMH
  • Book Code : 054739392X
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 233
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“Murphy’s darkly gorgeous debut . . . is an Irish coming-of-age novel. It’s also a meditation on why we tell stories.” —The Plain Dealer This is the story of John Devine—stuck in a small town in the otherworldly landscape of southeastern Ireland, worried over by his single, chain-smoking, Bible-quoting mother, Lily, and spied on by the “neighborly” Mrs. Nagle. When Jamey Corboy, a self-styled Rimbaudian boy wonder, arrives in town, John’s life suddenly seems full of possibility. His loneliness dissipates. He is taken up by mischief and discovery, hiding in the world beyond as Lily’s mysterious illness worsens. But Jamey and John’s nose for trouble may be their undoing, and soon John will be faced with a terrible moral dilemma. Joining the ranks of the great novels of friendship and betrayal—A Separate Peace, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha—John the Revelator is “remarkable” and grapples with the pull of the world and the hold of those we love (The Observer). “Murphy’s strongly written debut splits the difference between the sensitivity of Portrait of an Artist and the freakishness of Butcher Boy.” —Publishers Weekly “Jaw-dropping . . . A terrific, disquieting addition to the long tradition of Irish storytelling.” —Kirkus Reviews

John the Revelator

By Peter Murphy
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  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Book Code : 0151014027
  • Total of Pages : 254
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 498
  • Pdf File: john-the-revelator.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Young John Devine finds his lonely and oppressed life in southeast Ireland enriched by a friendship with newcomer Jamey Corboy, until he has to make a difficult moral choice that is influenced by his mother's mysterious illness.

Contemporary Fiction and Christianity

By Andrew Tate
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1441164960
  • Total of Pages : 168
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 861
  • Pdf File: contemporary-fiction-and-christianity.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book provides a detailed exploration of the spiritual and religious contexts and subtexts of contemporary fiction.

Finding Your Plot in a Plotless World

By Daniel de Roulet
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  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Book Code : 9781585585106
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 293
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Book Short Summary:

The world fell apart for author Daniel de Roulet the moment his son was diagnosed with autism. In Finding Your Plot in a Plotless World, de Roulet takes a closer look at those devastating moments in everyone's lives and the journey that follows. What do we do when our sense of God's plan for our lives crumbles around us? How do we find our plots in a seemingly plotless world? For answers, de Roulet looks to stories--those of our own culture and the Bible. Along the way, de Roulet encourages readers to be authentic as they tell their own stories and leaves them with hope that God reveals himself through our messy lives. EXCERPT Let me make something clear: I am convinced that for Christians, even in the darkest night, there is joy in the morning. God does work all things together--however unlikely the parts--for good for those who love him. But the roads of our progress from darkness to light will often be through murky or unpleasant waters, and our discoveries may not be as whole or as resounding as one could hope. But talking about the whole journey--darkness and light--is being honest to the condition of being human, and perhaps we can help others to begin to make the leap between the difficulties of the now and the promises of the not yet. Successful storytellers and teachers tend to meet their audiences where they are--not where they want them to be. There are times for all of us, Christian and non-Christian alike, when the world seems dark and senseless and morning seems far off, and these times are often when God's plot is the most relevant. And so this book talks about a journey from plotlessness to plot. Its chapters are meant to be guides for both reading God's stories: narratives that I think God uses to reach down into our own experiences and tell us about himself, and our own stories: the words that we use to tell our experiences to each other and, I believe, to God.

Besides the Bible

By Dan Gibson,Jordan Green,John Pattison
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  • Publisher : InterVarsity Press
  • Book Code : 083085858X
  • Total of Pages : 261
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 316
  • Pdf File: besides-the-bible.pdf

Book Short Summary:

How do you decide what to read? Dan Gibson, Jordan Green and John Pattison have created this tool to make your choices easier. Besides the Bible is a guide to the wide array of great books that they believe every Christian should read—the ones that matter to the church and the world.

Joe Speedboat

By Tommy Wieringa
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  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Book Code : 0802197124
  • Total of Pages : 328
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 984
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“A brilliant coming-of-age story with an outlandish twist . . . this wonderfully weird novel is not one to miss.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review After a farming accident plunges him into a coma for six months, Frankie Hermans wakes up to discover that he’s paralyzed and mute. Bound to a wheelchair, Frankie struggles to adjust to a life where he must rely on others to complete even the simplest tasks. The only body part he can control is his right arm, which he uses obsessively to record the details of daily life in his town in Holland. But when he meets Joe—a boy who blazed into his sleepy rural town like a meteor while Frankie slept—everything changes. Joe is a centrifugal force, both magician and daredevil, and he alone sees potential strength in Frankie’s handicaps. With Joe’s help, Frankie’s arm will be used for more than just writing: as a champion arm-wrestler, Frankie will be powerful enough to win back his friends, and maybe even woo P.J., the girl who has them all in a tailspin . . . From the award-winning author of These arethe Names, Joe Speedboat is “[an] offbeat story of a group of boys searching for meaning . . .This work conjures John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany but with a lighter touch” (Library Journal). “Witty, thoughtful and surprisingly tender.” —The Independent

Visions and Revisions

By Roger Kojecký,Andrew Tate
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  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Book Code : 1443852457
  • Total of Pages : 165
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 966
  • Pdf File: visions-and-revisions.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Literary texts are more or less obliged to make reference to entities beyond themselves. Drawing on other texts, ideas previously written, or on the resources of language, they make their attempts to communicate, entertain, and enlist sympathy, or even to offer counsel. Some texts profess an a priori vision, others adopt a style of reporting only contingencies. A dialogic relation can be posited between the ideal and the real, heaven and earth, imagination and reason, langue and parole, essence and substance, poetry and prose. The poetic and creative impulse is engaged with an ever present need to purify the dialect of the tribe. The topics in Visions and Revisions reflect writers’ labours with form at whatever distance from the original sources of inspiration. The authors discussed include William Blake, Marilynne Robinson, Salman Rushdie, William Golding, John Irving, David Lodge, Sara Maitland and Hilary Mantel. Verbal by definition, texts make use of other texts and are dependent on the cultural matrix. Readers are also writers in one kind or another. In both modes they may gain impetus or inspiration by re-visioning their origins as well as their ends. This book will offer readers new ways to understand the literary creations of some writers with affinities to the Western spiritual, and specifically Christian, tradition.

Latin in Modern Fiction

By Henryk Hoffmann
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  • Publisher : Vernon Press
  • Book Code : 1648892647
  • Total of Pages : 306
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 656
  • Pdf File: latin-in-modern-fiction.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The goal of this book is to prove that Latin is not a dead language by demonstrating how prevalent and strong it still is in modern Western culture. In order to do so, the author, an English philologist with a long experience as a Latin educator, catalogues, explains and interprets Latin quotations and references in a multitude of twentieth- and twenty-first-century literary works by—primarily—mainstream authors (from Aldous Huxley to Saul Bellow to John Irving), crime/mystery writers (from Raymond Chandler to Elizabeth George to Dennis Lehane) and frontier/western novelists (from Emerson Hough to Larry McMurtry). The three areas of fiction constituting the main scope of the book indicate the author’s major interest and preference, as well as the subject matter of his extensive research, both prior and current—the former related to his already published books. The writers offering the most impressive contributions to the thesis are featured in the three parts of the main body; those with lesser input are listed in the Appendix. The prospective readers of the book include all Latin students and educators at the secondary and college levels worldwide.