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Updike, John

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Rabbit, run by John Updike ( Book )
245 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 5,999 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
Rabbit is rich by John Updike ( Book )
95 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 4,637 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 )
77 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and held by 4,620 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 )
96 editions published between 1971 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 4,418 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
In the beauty of the lilies by John Updike ( Book )
53 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 4,012 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
Terrorist by John Updike ( Book )
57 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 3,988 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
The witches of Eastwick by John Updike ( Book )
56 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and held by 3,942 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
The centaur by John Updike ( Book )
120 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 3,725 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; Chiron teaches general science; and, Prometheus is his 15-year-old son. Set in 1947 Pennsylvania
A child's calendar by John Updike ( Book )
21 editions published between 1965 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,547 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
Couples by John Updike ( Book )
130 editions published between 1967 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 3,530 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
The coup by John Updike ( Book )
71 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 3,457 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
Roger's version by John Updike ( Book )
53 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,140 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
A month of Sundays by John Updike ( Book )
77 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The confessions of a clergyman
Pigeon feathers, and other stories by John Updike ( Book )
93 editions published between 1959 and 2012 in English and held by 3,029 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
The best American short stories of the century by Katrina Kenison ( Book )
18 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and German and held by 2,984 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
Trust me : short stories by John Updike ( Book )
45 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of 22 short stories which share the theme of trust, mostly betrayed, but sometimes fulfilled
The widows of Eastwick by John Updike ( Book )
40 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 2,943 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 )
80 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 2,915 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
Seek my face by John Updike ( Book )
36 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 2,893 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
During an interview with a New York writer, seventy-nine-year-old artist Hope Chafetz describes her eventful life and her integral place in the saga of postwar American art
Brazil by John Updike ( Book )
45 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John Updike's sixteenth novel takes place in a stylized Brazil where almost anything is possible, if you are young and in love. Tristao Raposo, a nineteen-year-old black child of the Rio slums, and Isabel Leme, an eighteen-year-old upper-class white girl, meet on Copacabana Beach; their flight into marriage takes them to the farthest reaches of Brazil's wild west. Privation, violence, captivity, and reversals of fortune afflict them; his mother curses them, her father harries them with hirelings, and neither lover is absolutely faithful. Yet Tristao and Isabel hold to the faith that each is the other's fate for life, as they pass - in Shakespeare's phrase - "through nature to eternity." Spanning twenty-two years, from the mid-Sixties to the late Eighties, Brazil surprises and embraces the reader with its celebration of passion, loyalty, and New World innocence
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Alternative Names
Apdaĭk, Dzhon
Apdaĭk, Dzhon 1932-2009
Apdaiks, Džons, 1932-
Apdajk, Džon.
Apdajk, Džon 1932-2009
Updike, John
Updike, John, 1932-
Updike, John Hoyer
Updike, John Hoyer, 1932-....
Updike, John Hoyer 1932-2009
Апдайк, Джон, 1932-
אפדייק, ג"ון
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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