Search Results: "John Updike"


BOOK REVIEW

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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A MONTH OF SUNDAYS by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1975

"A feat of sorts as well — although many readers will be uncomfortable in the hot seat that is his pew."
Purely and simply, or rather impurely and not so simply, this is the Updike man, whether in vestments or not, we have often met before — the lacerated Calvinist, here a Barthian (Barth after all is the most unobtainable — "opacity triumphant"), as divided as sin and salvation particularly when it comes to adultery which is our inherent and inevitable condition. Read full book review >

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RABBIT IS RICH by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 1981

"Still, whatever its limitations as a narrative, this is commanding work from a writer whose great, wide intelligence is probably unrivaled in American fiction: Rabbit lives, if perhaps a bit less vitally now, and most serious readers will want to keep track of him."
Should Updike's longer fiction prove truly lasting, it may well be in the form of the Rabbit novels—if only because they will so precisely tell future generations what the aging, late-20th-century industrial East of the US was like in sight, smell, sound, and social economy. Read full book review >

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S by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 1988

"Possible moral here: a rage for symmetry isn't always an artist's best friend."
A companion piece to Roger's Version, this is Updike updating Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter by having Hester Prynne—here, Sarah Worth—get her two cents in as well. Read full book review >

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RABBIT REDUX by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1971

"This prolific and endlessly inventive writer may yet astound us all."
Lately John Updike seems to be the last Wasp writer left who has the nerviness, if not the convictions, of militant minorities. Read full book review >

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MAGIC FLUTE by John Updike
Released: Oct. 15, 1962

"The adventures of Tamino and Pamina, Papageno and Papagena come to life in this junior libretto which can serve to prepare youngsters for the opera itself."
The main musical themes scattered throughout the story embellish an exciting adaptation of Mozart's classic opera. Read full book review >

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TERRORIST by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2006

"However it's read, Updike, approaching his mid-70s, continues to entice, provoke and astonish. Who knows where he'll take us next?"
Discursiveness, coincidence and a barely credible surprise ending compromise, but do not critically impair, Updike's intriguing 22nd novel: a scary portrayal of uptight, perpetually imperilled post-9/11 America. Read full book review >

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THE CENTAUR by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 1962

"The transition of the relationship between father, no longer demigod, and son, comes through with a signal tenderness and implements Updike's established virtues, the glittering and polished prose and the mature alliance of form, function and symbol."
As in his previous books, the tension here is in the style and words as well as in the narrative, and the worlds of George Caldwell and his 15 year old son Peter are heightened and illumined by them. Read full book review >

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COUPLES by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 1968

"It is relevant, identifiable and unconditionally involving."
The critical contention has been that John Updike is a major talent who has never written a major novel—all have turned in on a limited range of experience. 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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THE AFTERLIFE by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 1994

"Not among the best of Updike's collections, but even the duller stories yield extraordinary pleasures of language and perception."
"The Big Guy is getting our range," says the 60ish protagonist of the title story. Read full book review >

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PICKED-UP PIECES by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1975

"Updike is a Renaissance man of many talents and seasons, reflecting the values which reach us—reality, civilized pleasure, and those recognitions which enlarge the written word."
The old, perhaps toothless saw, that the novelist is not necessarily a good critic any more than the drunk is a good bartender is certainly disproved by three contemporary cases—Sheed, Leonard and especially John Updike who is a reviewer of extraordinary grace, clarity, amiability and of course humor. Read full book review >