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ISBN13: 9780679737865
ISBN10: 0679737863
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Stunning and brutally powerful, Falconer tells the story of a man named Farragut, his crime and punishment, and his struggle to remain a man in a universe bent on beating him back into childhood. Only John Cheever could deliver these grand themes with the irony, unforced eloquence, and exhilarating humor that make Falconer such a triumphant work of the moral imagination.

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"Cheever's prison novel is a metaphysical, metaphorical foray into the realm of
quasi-religiosity. The central character here is Farragut: wealthy, Waspy, wimpy; academician, husband, father, and loser, serving time at Falconer Prison for fratricide, an imprisonment that leads to redemption and release—literally, in a body bag disguised as a corpse. Falconer is alternately complex and simplistic, amusing and distressing, memorable and forgettable. If the reader can't decide which, it's because Cheever offers little evidence of having decided for himself." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

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In a nightmarish prison a convict named Farragut struggles to remain a man. Out of Farragut's suffering and astonishing salvation, Cheever crafted his most powerful work of fiction.

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lukas, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
John "Big Cheev" Cheever is better know for his stories, but he also wrote 5 novels, of which this is the 4th. In a departure form his usual unhappy WASPs plots, this is about a drug addict who kills his brother and is sent to the title jail. I think I should point out that the character is not named Falconer and there are no actual falcons in the book. I thought maybe the prisoner would take up falconry and that would, like, help him. Maybe someone should write that book.
PS-Somehow this ended up on Time's 100 best novels of the century.
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sassy_spice1975, August 24, 2011 (view all comments by sassy_spice1975)
Falconer is like Cheever's short fiction, except stretched out luxuriously. Farragut, the main character, is much like other Cheever protagonists. The story is his, and we follow him as he settles into Falconer Prison. Yes, this is a prison story, but not like ones we see now. There is no violence (or, not much), and Farragut isn't preoccupied with proving his innocence or busting out. The story follows Farragut as he evolves from one type of man to another, a hallmark of Cheever's short work. Read this when you're in the mood for something substantive, something you want to underline, something you want to get lost in.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679737865
Author:
Cheever, John
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
American
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Narcotic addicts
Subject:
College teachers
Subject:
Prisoners
Subject:
Murderers
Subject:
Prisoners -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
no. I-102
Publication Date:
19920131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.04x5.25x.67 in. .60 lbs.

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