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Odd Jobs: Essays and Criticism: Updike, John

Odd Jobs: Essays and Criticism

Updike, John

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ISBN 10: 0679404147 / ISBN 13: 9780679404149
Published by Alfred a Knopf Inc, New York, 1991
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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1st Edition/1st Printing. SIGNED by Updike on a bookplate affixed to front end page (signature only). stain on fore-edge and rear DJ edge. $35.00 price present on DJ flap; mylar protected. Large, heavy book, 919 page. Also includes laid-in the original review from New York Times Book Review by Martin Amis. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 022564

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Title: Odd Jobs: Essays and Criticism

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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A collection of essays and criticism discusses odd jobs, the female body, the Fourth of July, the Gospel of Matthew, Shaw, Anderson, Hemingway, Roth, Murdoch, Eco, Garcia Marquez, and others

From Kirkus Reviews:

Like its predecessors, Picked-Up Pieces (1975) and Hugging the Shore (1983), the title and author's introduction here again have Updike minimizing his critical exercises--while, at 928 pages, neglecting the reiteration of nary a one. As Updike ages and his eminence grows, there is a clear shift, though, in the focus of his nonfiction labors. Fewer book reviews, less polymathic curiosity; more speeches, long essays, a writer at the top of the heap legitimately looking more down than around. There's a kind of literary-autobiographical stock-taking secreted in three separate appreciations of John Cheever; as well as one in the book's finest extended essay, ``How Does the Writer Imagine?,'' and a related essay, ``Should Writers Give Lectures?'' By now case-by-case books appear to interest Updike less than careers, a whole literary corpus; and thus he is especially revealing about Kafka, Melville, Calvino, and Roth (though about Roth, as well as Malamud, Updike remains flummoxed by and unable to quite understand Jewish identity in the absence of Christian-type assent). There are superb smaller pieces too--on Robert Pinget, on Russian glasnost-era novels, on Bruce Chatwin, on Vargas Llosa. Updike's approvals and demurrers are never predictable, and this gives a fine pliability to his whole critical enterprise--only helped by his never-less-than- excellent prose. A necessary pleasure. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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