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This review is from: Higher Gossip: Essays and Criticism (Hardcover)
Surely there was no better prose writer in our time that Updike. He did everything: fiction long & short, journalism, reviews, articles, poetry, the gamut. So sad he never won a Nobel, an award noted for its errors.
He lives on.
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Initial post: Nov 15, 2011 3:40:11 PM PST
Agree. Updike was at the top of the form--any form-- in writing. Sadly, he has left us but I am looking forward to reading this collection.
Posted on Nov 26, 2011 3:24:55 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 3:02:15 AM PST
Diogenes Swift says:
the Nobel committee has more misses than hits:
and on and on and on....
It's better to deserve awards than to have them.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 5:38:45 PM PST
Joseph Fierro Jr. says:
That statement is so true. Nevertheless, a writer who wins the Nobel-like an actor who is voted an Oscar-has that fact mentioned before their name in everything that is written about them. For all his quality work in a wide variety of literary forms in a career spanning more than half a century,Updike is denied that honorific for the rest of time.
Posted on Dec 9, 2011 1:59:28 PM PST
Gregory, I completely agree with you, but I'd suggest you flesh out this review a bit.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2012 4:23:16 PM PST
Den NC USA says:
Gregory was writing his own piece, not a review. It was a meditation upon a theme. Or were you being wittily, approvingly sarcastic?
Den NC USA
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2012 4:28:32 PM PST
Den NC USA says:
Do you image that there should be a newer, more digital award, say, for example, the Walton? Or perhaps better, the Watson? The Zuckerberg? Offered to the most popular writer on the planet, as chosen by the members of the world? Award? One Million of the writer's home currency?
Would be sweet.
Your point, the list above, is well take, and Updike was a wonderful thinker with words.
I have the book in my home, from the local library, and I am a would-be artist, so I am feasting.
Thanks for that list, and who is Musil?
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2012 6:00:48 PM PDT
John G says:
Robert Musil author of the "The Man Without Qualities" long, unfinished but see Wikipedia for the gushing
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