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The Music School Hardcover – August 12, 1966

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; 1st edition (August 12, 1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394437276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394437279
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,308,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
John Updike at his best is hard to beat. The brilliance-gem-like brilliance--- of his observatory powers dazzle me. His choice of words, the power of his phrasing all can leave me amazed. How could anyone write like that ? And at such a young age too. Certain stories in this collection from the 1960s took my breath away. "A Madman", about an encounter with an extremely eccentric Englishman on a first trip to Oxford not only captures the feel of Americans out of their culture, of English life, and the old ways of that university town, but also of all such encounters with persuasive crazies anywhere in the world. Unbelievably good. I loved the 1950s, small town feel of such stories as "The Indian" and "In Football Season", which will serve forever as memoirs of the atmosphere of even-now bygone times. The former, about Ipswich, Mass., close to home for me, resonates even more. "The Bulgarian Poetess" too struck a chord with me---the story of a love never taken up, a future glimpsed only through a door never entered. What a writer ! Yet I can't say that I liked all these stories unequivocally. Some of them seemed too much "insider" stuff, fit only for people who shared the same slice of classical knowledge that the writer carries. Others harped a little too dismally on the disappointments and futility of marriage, or the dubious pleasures of adultery---always, in Updike's view---the view of a reluctant puritan---a losing proposition which cannot really bring satisfaction to any party. Couples thrashing around in the sea of inevitability quickly become old hat; if they get nothing but pain out of it, why do they do it so often ? That may be his question too, but I don't think he answers sufficiently.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
Just before boarding a plane to England a friend
of mine handed me a small hardcover edition of
the John Updike book "The Music School". I knew
nothing about Updike or his style but proceeded
to open the book on the long flight. As I read
I became more and more engrossed in the simple
short stories that often brought a smile to my
face. There were a few that I didn't particularly
enjoy, but others such as the "Bulgarian Poetess", which I believe won the O. Henry Short Story award, was fabulous. Another that I enjoyed was
the story "Twin Beds In Rome", a story about a
failing marriage, which also has somewhat of a sequel in the book called "Giving Blood".
After reading all these stories, I began a new
love for an author that has been acclaimed for his unique style of writing. This is a must for any
person who enjoys short stories and would like to get to know John Updike a little bit better.
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Format: Hardcover
No great lover of short stories but in Updike who is now complete, dead, so no more words, you will find sentences that take you somewhere, a moment truely and newly described, in a city or small American town, and leave you euphoric with satisfaction at what art can do.
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