John Updike (1932 – 2009)

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John Updike (1932 – 2009)

Postby McDuffies on Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:40 pm

Well another great writer dies. Good news is, he left us a truckload of lengthy books to read.
Updike was one of my favourite writers. I think he definitely hooked me when in The Witches of Eastwick, he spent pages and pages describing thoughts of a man who just killed his wife, thinking calmly of the most convenient way to kill himself. Like a friend said, that could only be written by someone who had such personal experience.
Well, so long, Rabbit.
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Re: John Updike (1932 – 2009)

Postby Yeahduff on Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:50 pm

Haven't read anything of his, but obviously a big deal.
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Re: John Updike (1932 – 2009)

Postby Yeahduff on Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:58 am

What should I read?
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Re: John Updike (1932 – 2009)

Postby RPin on Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:51 am

Yeahduff wrote:What should I read?


I heard the articles in this month's Playboy are pretty neat.
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Re: John Updike (1932 – 2009)

Postby Yeahduff on Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:15 pm

They're no Michael Crichton.
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Re: John Updike (1932 – 2009)

Postby McDuffies on Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:19 pm

Yeahduff wrote:What should I read?

"Rabbit" series, specially the first. I liked both "Witches of Eastweek" and "Centaur", and he has a lot of good short stories. Avoid later period works.
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Re: John Updike (1932 – 2009)

Postby Spaceprincess on Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:04 pm

I believe he ghost wrote Krusty the Clowns autobiography.
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Re: John Updike (1932 – 2009)

Postby Yeahduff on Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:51 am

My brother enjoyed Rabbit, Run. Which is something, as the dude doesn't really read. I'll try stealing it from him.
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Re: John Updike (1932 – 2009)

Postby McDuffies on Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:21 pm

Rabbit Run is for me like Catcher in the Rye for grown-ups. You usually like Catcher if you've read it first as a teenager, but Rabbit Run talks about the same issue from mature perspective, dealing with all the difficulties Catcher glazes over.
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Re: John Updike (1932 – 2009)

Postby Warren on Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:23 pm

I remember being forced to read "The Red Pony" in 10th grade. Or maybe 9th.

Actually, that was John Steinbeck. Good book though.
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Re: John Updike (1932 – 2009)

Postby McDuffies on Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:11 pm

I don't like Steinback. In fact I pretty much hate him, based on "East of eden", though that novel is pretty peculiar for all the pretentious crap in it, they say that some of his other novels, back when he wasn't on that high a horse, were better.
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Re: John Updike (1932 – 2009)

Postby Yeahduff on Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:25 am

What kind of jagoff doesn't like Steinbeck?
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Re: John Updike (1932 – 2009)

Postby McDuffies on Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:06 pm

Buh. What's there to like about him, unless you like every nobel price winner by default.
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