from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Updike, John Hoyer Born 1932. American writer particularly known for his tragicomic novels, such as Rabbit, Run (1960) and Rabbit at Rest (1990), concerning the trials of middle-class suburbanites.
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- proper n. A surname.
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- n. United States author (born 1932)
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Updike is brilliant at descriptions and even more brilliant at creating a feel of the times, an atmosphere that saturates every sentence without being located in any particular word.
It's a loss for Reading that Updike is no longer present to observe the Goggleworks arts complex, housed in a former goggle mill, especially to imagine how one of this fall's offerings, "Yogi Bear," might take a place in the sequence of movies shown in Brewer in the novels, from those that Rabbit saw ( "2001: A Space Odyssey") to those that he did not ( "Honeymoon in Swampland").
Ask a fan of Jewel's poetry who Etheridge Knight or John Updike is and they will probably cock their heads to the side like a curious doggie who heard Lassie bark on the magical TV box.
However, Updike is a much better writer overall and definitely knows how to write much better stories than this Webster guy does.
Rabbit at Rest_ is the only one that really doesn't do it for me; my sense of disgust at the title character becomes more than just the odd tang at the edge of the pleasure I take in Updike's narration, it fatally taints the dish.
In some ways, the critical response to John Updike's recent work seems to me similar to that accorded to Harold Bloom's, even though Updike is a novelist and Bloom a critic.
It allows Wood to make the same kind of criticism that has always been made of Updike, but to dress it up in fancier crittalk ( "free indirect style"): Updike is too besotted with language.
Those not interested in Updike's fiction -- and there are perfectly good reasons why one might not have had a positive response to Updike, on which more later -- can of course simply skip these posts.
John Updike is certainly in the final analysis a writer who has produced such fiction, even if one does have to pick and choose when surveying his very large body of work.
(Even a writer as conventional as John Updike is sometimes attacked for these sins.)
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