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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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lukas, November 5, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
For the younger reader (let's say under 45), John Updike can be intimidating (or irritating) due to the sheer volume of his output, which includes essays, short stories, criticism and 22 novels. He's the literary equivalent of Woody Allen in that he seems to think that the producing a huge body of work his guarantee his inclusion in the canon. The Rabbit tetralogy is maybe his most famous work and this is the third in the series. The titular character is a dull WASP who eats, drinks, screws (there is a lot of sex) and worries about his car dealership, investments, mortgages and the price of gas. It's well-written, but good luck feeling anything towards the characters. Typical sentence: "But things look up in the afternoon, after a couple of pina coladas and a crabmeat-salad sandwich." I feel he should have either treated them with more sympathy or more humor. It is a pretty dirty book though (pgs. 218, 305, 414). Seriously some of this stuff would make Caligula blush. Followed by "Rabbit at Rest."
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lukas, November 5, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
For the younger reader (let's say under 45), John Updike can be intimidating (or irritating) due to the sheer volume of his output, which includes essays, short stories, criticism and 22 novels. He's the literary equivalent of Woody Allen in that he seems to think that the producing a huge body of work his guarantee his inclusion in the canon. The Rabbit tetralogy is maybe his most famous work and this is the third in the series. The titular character is a dull WASP who eats, drinks, screws (there is a lot of sex) and worries about his car dealership, investments, mortgages and the price of gas. It's well-written, but good luck feeling anything towards the characters. Typical sentence: "But things look up in the afternoon, after a couple of pina coladas and a crabmeat-salad sandwich." I feel he should have either treated them with more sympathy or more humor. It is a pretty dirty book though (pgs. 218, 305, 414). Seriously some of this stuff would make Caligula blush. Followed by "Rabbit at Rest."
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ISBN:
9780449911822
Author:
Updike, John
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Random House Trade
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New York :
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General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Middle class men
Subject:
Middle class men -- United States -- Fiction.
Subject:
Angstrom, Harry
Subject:
Angstrom, harry (fictitious character)
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;novel;pulitzer prize;american;pulitzer;20th century;national book award;literature;american fiction;american literature;updike;1980s;pennsylvania;20th century fiction;contemporary fiction;usa;us;classic
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Rabbit
Series Volume:
BP-413E
Publication Date:
19960831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.38x5.44x.93 in. .76 lbs.

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