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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"IT WILL LEAVE YOU STUNNED AND BREATHLESS. . . . With grand ambition, [Updike] not only tracks the fortunes and falls of an American family through four generations and eight decades but also creates a shimmering, celluloid portrait of the whole century as viewed through the metaphor of the movies."

--Miami Herald

"AN IMPORTANT AND IMPRESSIVE NOVEL: a novel that not only shows how we live today, but also how we got there. . . . A book that forces us to reassess the American Dream and the crucial role that faith (and the longing for faith) has played in shaping the national soul."

--The New York Times

"STIRRING AND CAPTIVATING AND BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN . . . [This] new novel displays a depth and a narrative confidence that make one sigh with sweet anticipation. This is the Updike of the Rabbit books, who can take you uphill and down with his grace of vision, his gossamer language, and his merciful, ironic glance at the misery of the human condition. "

--The Boston Globe

"AWESOME . . . Updike's genius, his place beside Hawthorne and Nabokov have never been more assured, or chilling."

--The New Yorker

"POWERFUL."

--The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Synopsis:

Through four generations--from Clarence Wilmot, a lapsed minister-turned-encyclopedia salesman, in 1910, to the present-day--one family pursues the American obsession with God and the unreal world of the motion picture

Synopsis:

The lives of a family are defined by religion.

About the Author

John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, worked for a few years on the staff of The New Yorker, and since 1957 has lived in Massachusetts. He is the father of four children and the author of some forty books, including collections of short stories, poems, and criticism. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the American Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Rabbit at Rest was recently awarded the Howells Medal, by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, for the most distinguished work of American fiction of the last five years.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307421333
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
Updike, John
Author:
Updike John
Subject:
Fiction : Psychological
Subject:
Fiction : Sagas
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Clergy
Subject:
American
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Christian fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Description:
The lives of a family are defined by religion.
Publication Date:
19970121
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
512

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