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  • This is Wood attempting a takedown of Updike based on a perceived flaw in one particular book, in which Updike has taken a risk by treating a subject not immediately and recognizably Updikean, however much he is able to render it with his usual precisely observed style.

    Updike, John

  • Regular readers of Updike's work would no doubt find this recognizably Updikean.

    Point of View in Fiction

  • Calling the novel an "indelible portrait of our times," Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times wrote: "Jonathan Franzen's galvanic new novel," Freedom, "showcases his impressive literary toolkit -- every essential storytelling skill, plus plenty of bells and whistles -- and his ability to throw open a big, Updikean picture window on American middle-class life."

    Oprah Winfrey Confirms Jonathan Franzen's 'Freedom' As Book Club Selection

  • But to see Keller looking older and sadder, as we all look and feel these days (at least the older part), made me reflect on the passage of time, its irreversible flow and thinning force, an Updikean reverie interrupted when our oldest ocicat planted himself squarely in front of me on the desk and made it vocally evident that it was time for his late-night treat.

    January in October: James Wolcott

  • Mary Lou and her baby are so unimportant to this novel as to warrant no second appearance; yet in its authoritative characterization of a particular place and era, and in its unstrained, lyrical precision, this sentence is quintessentially Updikean.

    Villages, by John Updike

  • Note the Updikean judiciousness of "important": he didn't say he By Tracy Daugherty

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  • Kakutani's review of the novel - Franzen's first since his 2001 hit The Corrections - praised its "visceral and lapidary" prose, calling the author "as adept at adolescent comedy ... as he is at grown-up tragedy" and applauding "his ability to throw open a big, Updikean picture window on American middle-class life".

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  • Aunt Julia and the Script Writer, free-wheeling, occasionally Updikean novels in which desire can wreak comical havoc on lives.

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  • It's the particularly Updikean fascination with sex, of course, that skews this further: so that he is saying that people in the West nowadays are much more interested in their own sex lives than in, say, the suffering in Gaza.

    The Valve

  • Mary Beth Sheridan and Del Quentin W.lber in only a few Updikean brushstrokes paint the character of W. Kendall Myers (age 72) and his wife Gwendolyn (age 71).



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