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Back in 2008, John Updike said that if Barack Obama were to read any of his books, he would recommend "The Coup. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A reader
As the author of my own book on Africa, Gabon, I have to acknowledge Updike as a great master.
First published in 1978, The Coup is as fresh today as it was then, the... Read more
Updike's language is always extraordinary, but his endless tales of adultery in suburbia I find frankly boring. Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by David Cleary
This novel has some interesting points, however I sense that Mr. Updike did not spend much time on it.
The Rabbit novels are excellent. Read more
Hakim Felix Ellelou is the ex-dictator of the African country Kush (which kind of resembles Sudan). This book is his memoir, not just of his time as a national leader, but of his... Read morePublished on May 16, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Sometimes there are novels that are almost too clever, too sophisticated, and too worldly. This is one such novel. Read morePublished on November 4, 2009 by C. Collins
This is a fascinating book told (switching seemingly at random between third and first person) of a character quite literally torn in two. Read morePublished on December 13, 2008 by Daniel Myers
In this dry, black comedy, Updike dares to try to make us sympathize with a Marxist African dictator - and is largely successful. Talk about chutzpah! Read morePublished on June 23, 2008 by Dave Deubler
I read this book years ago when it was new, but it jumped back into my head the other day and I decided to write my thoughts on it. Read morePublished on November 19, 2006 by Scott George