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Updike, John

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Rabbit, run by John Updike( Book )
359 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in 19 languages and held by 6,387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Twenty-two-year-old Rabbit Angstrom is a salesman in a local department store, father of a preschool-age son, and husband to an alcoholic wife who was his second-best high school sweetheart. The squalor and tragedy of their lives reminds us that salvation is a personal undertaking
The witches of Eastwick by John Updike( Book )
175 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in 16 languages and held by 5,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie ply their individual witcheries in contemporary Eastwick, Rhode Island, and are themselves bewitched by a dark, wealthy, decadent stranger
Rabbit is rich by John Updike( Book )
148 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 15 languages and held by 4,892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The hero of John Updike's Rabbit, Run (1960), ten years after the hectic events described in Rabbit Redux (1971), has come to enjoy considerable prosperity as Chief Sales Representative of Springer Motors, a Toyota agency in Brewer, Pennsylvania. The time is 1979: Skylab is falling, gas lines are lengthening, the President collapses while running in a marathon, and double-digit inflation coincides with a deflation of national confidence. Nevertheless, Harry Angstrom feels in good shape, ready to enjoy life at last-- until his son, Nelson, returns from the West, and the image of an old love pays a visit to his lot. New characters and old populate these scenes from Rabbit's middle age, as he continues to pursue, in his erratic fashion, the rainbow of happiness
Rabbit at rest by John Updike( Book )
109 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 4,813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Ex-basketball player Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom has acquired heart trouble, a Florida condo and a second grandchild. His son, Nelson, is behaving erratically and his wife, Janice, decides in mid-life to become a working girl. As, through the winter, spring and summer of 1989, Reagan's debt-ridden, AIDS-plagued America yields to that of George Bush, Rabbit explores the bleak terrain of late middle age, looking for reasons to live."
Rabbit redux by John Updike( Book )
156 editions published between 1971 and 2013 in 17 languages and held by 4,677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this sequel Rabbit, Run, it is 1969 and the times are changing in America. Things just aren't as simple as they used to be for Rabbit Angstrom. His wife leaves him, and suddenly, into his confused life comes Jill, a runaway who becomes his lover. But when she invites her friend to stay, a young black radical named Skeeter, the pair's fragile harmony soon begins to fail
Terrorist by John Updike( Book )
113 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 21 languages and held by 4,533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ahmad, threatened by the hedonistic society around him, gets involved in a plot, with reverberations that rouse the Department of Homeland Security
In the beauty of the lilies by John Updike( Book )
65 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 4,034 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John Updike's seventeenth novel begins in 1910, and traces God's relation to four generations of an American family, beginning with Clarence Wilmot, a Presbyterian clergyman in Paterson, New Jersey. He loses his faith, and becomes an encyclopedia salesman and a motion-picture addict. The remainder of Clarence's family moves to the small town of Basingstoke, Delaware, where his cautious son, Teddy, becomes a mailman. Faithless himself, Teddy marries a good Methodist girl and begets Esther, whose prayers are always answered; she becomes an object of worship, a twentieth-century goddess. Her neglected son, Clark, makes his way back to the fiery fundamentals of Protestant piety. The novel ends in 1990, in Lower Branch, Colorado, and on television. Taking its title from the "Battle-Hymn of the Republic," In the Beauty of the Lilies spins one saga, one wandering tapestry thread, of the American Century
The centaur by John Updike( Book )
193 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in 21 languages and held by 3,908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This story retells the Greek myth of the centaur, Chiron, who sacrifices his immortality for Prometheus. In the retelling, Olympus becomes Olinger High School in Pennsylvania; Chiron teaches general science; and, Prometheus is his 15-year-old son
Couples by John Updike( Book )
192 editions published between 1967 and 2013 in 19 languages and held by 3,775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Follows the lives of a group of couples in an upperclass Boston suburb through their parties, recreations, child neglect, and wife-swapping
A child's calendar by John Updike( Book )
25 editions published between 1965 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 3,563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of twelve poems describing the activities in a child's life and the changes in the weather as the year moves from January to December
The coup by John Updike( Book )
108 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in 13 languages and held by 3,543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Updike presents the story of a fictitious modern African state called Kush, narrated tongue-in-cheek by Kush's exiled president, Colonel Felix Ellellou
Pigeon feathers, and other stories by John Updike( Book )
141 editions published between 1959 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 3,300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"These stories 'are filled with gentle humor and irony. Youth, marriage, and family life provide most of the themes." Cincinnati Public Libr
S. by John Updike( Book )
91 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 18 languages and held by 3,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
New Englander Sarah Worth goes west to join a Hindu commune in Arizona. There she mingles with the other sannyasins (pilgrims) in the difficult attempt to subdue ego and achieve salvation and release from illusion
A month of Sundays by John Updike( Book )
104 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 3,177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The confessions of a clergyman
Roger's version by John Updike( Book )
57 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 3,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Divinity professor, Roger Lambert, is visited by Dale Kohler, an earnest young student who wants a grant to prove the existence of God by computer. The visit disrupts Roger's ordinary existence, bringing many complications to his life
The poorhouse fair by John Updike( Book )
135 editions published between 1944 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 3,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"On the third Wednesday of every August the inhabitants of a mansion-turned-poorhouse in central New Jersey hold their annual fair; this novel describes a fair that occurs about twenty years from now [1958], when the United States itself is heading downhill ... While 'The Poorhouse Fair, ' insofar as it regrets the decline of patriotism, handcraft, and religion, carries a conservative message, its technique is unorthodox; without so much regard for fictional conventions, the author attempts to locate, in the ambiguous area between farce and melodrama, reality's own tone."
Marry me : a romance by John Updike( Book )
139 editions published between 1971 and 2013 in 17 languages and held by 3,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A deftly satirical portrait of life and love in a suburban town as only Updike can paint it. Jerry Conant and Sally Mathias--both married to other people--pursue a love affair with one another over the course of the summer of 1962, while vacillating between the old and new concepts of morality
The widows of Eastwick by John Updike( Book )
41 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 3,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie return to the old Rhode Island seaside town where they indulged in wicked mischief under the influence of the diabolical Darryl Van Horne. Darryl is gone, and their lovers of the time have aged or died, but enchantment remains in the familiar streets and scenery of the village, where they enjoyed their lusty primes as free and empowered women. And, among the local citizenry, there are still those who remember them, and wish them ill. How they cope with the lingering traces of their evil deeds, the shocks of a mysterious counterspell, and the advancing inroads of old age are at the heart of Updike's delightful, ominous sequel.--From publisher description
Bech; a book by John Updike( Book )
113 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 3,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Jewish American novelist Henry Bech'procrastinating, libidinous, and tart-tongued, his reputation growing while his powers decline'made his first appearance in 1965, in John Updike's "The Bulgarian Poetess." That story won the O. Henry First Prize, and it and the six Bech adventures that followed make up this collection. "Bech is the writer in me," Updike once said, "creaking but lusty, battered but undiscourageable, fed on the blood of ink and the bread of white paper." As he trots the globe, promotes himself, and lurches from one woman's bed to another's, Bech views life with a blend of wonder and cynicism that will make followers of the lit-biz smile with delight and wince in recognition. From the Trade Paperback edition
The best American short stories of the century by Katrina Kenison( Book )
19 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 2,995 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Best American Short Stories of the Century brings together the best of the best - fifty-five extraordinary stories that represent a century's worth of unsurpassed accomplishments in this quintessentially American literary genre. Here are the stories that have endured the test of time: masterworks by such writers as Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Saroyan, Flannery O'Connor, John Cheever, Eudora Welty, Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond Carver, Cynthia Ozick, and others. These are the writers who have shaped and defined the landscape of the American short story, who have unflinchingly explored all aspects of the human condition, and whose works will continue to speak to us as we enter the next century."--Jacket
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Apdaĭk, Dzhon
Apdaĭk, Dzhon 1932-2009
Apdaiks, Džons 1932-
Apdajk, Džon.
Apdajk, Džon 1932-2009
Updike, John
Updike, John 1932-
Updike, John 1932-2009
Updike, John Hoyer
Updike, John Hoyer 1932-...
Updike, John Hoyer 1932-2009
Апдайк, Джон 1932-
אפדייק, ג"ון
אפדיק, ג'ון 1932-2009
أبدايك، جون
أبدايك، جون، 1932-
جون أبدايك
جون أبديك، 1932-
アップダイク, J.
アップダイク, ジョン
アプダイク, ジョン
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