Search Results: "John Updike"


BOOK REVIEW

TOWARD THE END OF TIME by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 1997

"Minor Updike."
Updike's adventurous 18th novel—a dystopian romance, set in the year 2020—contrasts intriguingly with last year's generational saga In the Beauty of the Lilies. Read full book review >

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TRUST ME by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1987

"Consistently shimmering prose can't relieve the deadening sameness of Updike's narratives, too many of which rely on easy ironies and predictable patterns of behavior."
Here's a lot more suburban sex and Protestant redemption—22 stories to be exact—from one of America's most prolific and accomplished prose stylists. Read full book review >

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GERTRUDE AND CLAUDIUS by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2000

"One of Updike's more intriguing experiments - but not one of his successes. (Book-of-the-Month main selection)"
A risky and ultimately unsatisfying departure from what we've come to think of as Updike's distinctive territory: suburbia and its discontents. Read full book review >

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RABBIT AT REST by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"Balzac would have been impressed."
Updike finishes up his Rabbit tetralogy here, with retired Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom in Florida half the year and then back in Pennsylvania—late in 1989: the last year of Rabbit's life, it turns out. Read full book review >

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THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 1984

"But what you keep coming back to, on nearly every page, is Updike's landscapist's paintbox—which is grand and lush and astonishingly fluid."
Updike once more, as in A Month of Sundays, is writing in homage to Hawthorne. Read full book review >

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IN THE BEAUTY OF THE LILIES by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"On balance, a more than commendable effort from an established master whose preeminence has much to do with his exuberant willingness to keep trying new things."
Updike's bold attempt at the generational saga—the first such novel of his long career—falls somewhere between George Eliot and John O'Hara, and doesn't scruple to provide a few of the simpler pleasures … la Judith Krantz or Harold Robbins. Read full book review >

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MEMORIES OF THE FORD ADMINISTRATION by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 1992

"The idea of macro- and micro-history clearly is something Updike wanted to chew over (as he did the ramifications of computers in Roger's Version) but it's the grounded experience of wanting and losing that grows the grass."
His dreadful play of some years back, Buchanan Dying, must have left Updike with a raft of research material that he seems now to have taken and thrust into the fictional hands of a New Hampshire girls'-college historian, Alf Clayton, who's writing a sympathetic book about Buchanan, the president that had the misfortune to usher in the Civil War. Read full book review >

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ODD JOBS by John Updike
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 7, 1991

"A necessary pleasure."
Like its predecessors, Picked-Up Pieces (1975) and Hugging the Shore (1983), the title and author's introduction here again have Updike minimizing his critical exercises—while, at 928 pages, neglecting the reiteration of nary a one. Read full book review >

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MUSEUMS AND WOMEN AND OTHER STORIES by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1972

"The title story is a marvelous synchronization of associations and convergences and here Updike is at his letter, word and image-perfect best."
The Updike short story has always been a limited abstract of experience — perhaps only a passing reflection of it — rarely innovative and often an echo chamber of the novels. Read full book review >

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JUST LOOKING by John Updike
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 17, 1989

"Now here's a gift book worth giving—or receiving."
This collection of 23 essays on art by one of our leading novelists should come as no great surprise, for in his fiction Updike is a master of complex visual detail. Read full book review >

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DUE CONSIDERATIONS by John Updike
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 29, 2007

"One of our best novelists proves once again that he's one of our best writers."
Books and authors, universal and personal history and miscellaneous arcana are carefully considered in this sixth showcase of Updike's (Terrorist, 2006, etc.) tireless versatility and imposing range of interests. Read full book review >

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VILLAGES by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2004

"Prototypical Updike: made new here and there by his ever-enviable novelistic skills, but marred by its more than passing resemblance to books that he's written too many times already."
A graceful panoramic depiction of individuals and their communities, which simultaneously echoes Updike's 1968 novel, Couples, and may be as autobiographical a fiction as any he's written. Read full book review >