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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812982967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812982961
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Fascinating . . . These memoirs, often unabashedly philosophical, take us inside Updike’s mind in the way that biography almost never can.”—Chicago Tribune
 
 “Opulent . . . charming . . . [Updike’s] best writing, like Nabokov’s, is the prose of rapture.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“Poignant . . . wonderfully crafted recollections . . . One completes this book wanting to convey some signal of gratitude, some affectionate reader’s embrace, to this good boy of a grown man who has striven so earnestly and masterly to describe life.”—Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Updike died in January 2009.

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John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker, and since 1957 lived in Massachusetts. He was the father of four children and the author of more than fifty books, including collections of short stories, poems, essays, and criticism. His novels won the Pulitzer Prize (twice), the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Award, and the Howells Medal. A previous collection of essays, Hugging the Shore, received the 1983 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. John Updike died on January 27, 2009, at the age of 76.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CameandWent on April 8, 2013
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As a life long reader of John Updike, I found this book to be the capstone of the journey. Not morose, nor a celebration, and certainly not totally honest, albeit the pride shows through, this volume is a must read to anyone of letters, who has hung on to the straps of this fast moving train called life, perhaps with a wife or two in tow. The red faced publically awkward author muddles it up, clearing the pond scum, which falls right back. The glimpse of ourselves either between urban stops or country/suburbia is only reassuring in that change is afoot, thus leaving no blame too long for memory. Too bad he left this train way too early, leaving a void only his words could fill. Wow. Wow and Wow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By davidson on July 2, 2014
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Updike. So beautiful, honest, and gloriously written. Highly recommended for writers or anyone who is inspired by the movement of the prose. Trying not to finish so quickly.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lune Pur on December 10, 2012
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This is not a book I'd pick out myself, but I'm glad I read it for class. It's a good book. Worth reading.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol Angel on March 28, 2014
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Updike's memoir was disappointing; too much angst over his various physical shortcomings and not enough insight into his writing life, in my opinion. Facile but superficial, like most of his books.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christina S. on April 8, 2014
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Disappointingly shallow, and for such a lovely writer! Sorry John; I like your prose, but found you insufferable in this case.
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