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Seek My Face draws on the story of Lee Miller and Jackson Pollock, the model for Hope's first husband. These are the best parts of a slow, sumptuous, and intricately detailed novel that lacks any significant action except in retrospect. Hope's second husband is depicted as an amalgam of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, and Wayne Thiebaud--a useful survey of the period, but not compelling characterization. One can sense the author folding in important art-historical points and details toward the end, like last-minute ingredients in a cake that may be too heavy to rise. Readers who stay with Hope and Kathryn through the day, however, will be rewarded with a gorgeous, resonant, and almost antimodern ending. --Regina Marler
`Rambling' because the novel seems to have no focal point, no present tense.
Ive never felt compelled to give a bad review before, but this one really left me wishing I had back the time I spent reading it.
If that wasn't achievement enough, Updike has written a work about the authentic experience of making art.
Very disappointed. His earlier novels were far better.
Would not recommend to anyone who already knows and likes his work!!
Dear readers, Lee Krasner was married to Jackson Pollock. Lee Miller was someone else entirely. Reviews that repeat this inaccuracy do a disservice to all three artists, as well as... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lewis Desoto
In the beginning the sentence construction poses a challenge...after a while one gets into the different rhythm of writing. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ansie7*
This is an exceptional novel: a remarkable achievement, and a loving homage to the American art of the author's time. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Christopher H
I listened to the audio book which was clearly and crisply read. It made several boring drives enjoyable. Read morePublished on January 7, 2012 by Stephen Schwartz
The blurb on the back of this edition describes the book as "the triumphant story of postwar American art. Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by Ash Ryan
The ridiculous run - on sentences aren't nearly the worst part of this book.
It's all plot. No climax, no resolution. Read more
In this, John Updike's twentieth novel, he uses the same time frame as his first, "The Poorhouse Fair" (1959). Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by Tom Bruce
Good novel based on Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock.
Please people, that's Pollock, OK? not Pollack.