The Centaur [John Updike] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD AND THE PRIX DU MEILLEUR. Adam Sexton. 1. What was I thinking? What was I thinking when I assigned John Updike’s The Centaur to my Lit. and Comp. I class at Parsons School of Design. The The Centaur Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and The Centaur study guide contains a biography of John Updike, literature essays, .

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I’ve read other Updike novels, which are much different than this one. They discuss the gods and goddesses while flirting outrageously with each other. Much of The Centaur inhabits a thoroughly realistic mode, alluding to classical mythology without making the connection explicit. If you find this description of the book interesting, then just read it again instead of reading the book.

In a moment of frustration, he yells at his father.

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It also is punctuated with a feverish dream scene and a newspaper obituary of George. This–how DOES it end? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Does anyone really care whether middle-class white men experience heartache and disappointment? Even ‘Ulysses’ wasn’t quite as bad as this. Not my favorite Updike centajr, but an interesting one. Similarly, the novel’s image of Peter’s mother alone on an unfarmed farm, her dream home and refuge from her youth, is one we later see in Updike’s novel Of the Farm.


For other literature by the same title, see The Centaur disambiguation.

You’ll feel enriched for the experience. Want to Read saving…. John Updike makes interesting parallels This incredible story by John Updike shows a father struggling to maintain a relationship with his son by comparing the real world to mystical characters.

It was not a disease, because I generated it out of myself. I feel cheated, almost, that this fantastic writer is someone I’ve not met until my later adult years, but it’s also equally possible that it was destined to be that way.

I was content to enjoy Updike’s tale while I noted that sometimes George appeared as a Centaur but most times as a man. In the back row of the classroom, Zimmerman molests Iris Osgood Io—get it?

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Nov 02, Irene rated it liked it. What was I thinking? Try to get them to fall in love with the books. That son has dreams of being a painter, is frustrated beyond endurance by his father, and yet tries to understand him.

The dad is a teacher at his son’s school, and is convinced he is going to die. The writing is both precise and lyrical, which is what makes reading anything by Updike so rewarding. Recommended to Karen by: One also sees uprike in daily life there exists perseverence and sacrifice and exhaustion even to the point of death.

One thing George and Peter share is the desire to get out, to escape their hometown. For example, on page of the first paperback edition: Selected works of John Updike.


Reading it now, I can appreciate the obvious biographical nature of the novel. Vera Hummel, the girls’ gym teacher, is Venus. Return to Book Page. Most books at least make some kind of internal sense within my brain.

Maybe it worked better back in the day, but the story seventy years in the past didn’t seem to have the same universality as the centair upon which it was loosely based. The storytelling is disjointed and confusing, with strange juxtapositions between the mythological world and the real world, and between past, present and future. Because of my limitations, I did not enjoy this book as much as it deserved. I’m moving on to the Rabbit series. His father is totally lacking in self-confidence and self-esteem, pandering to his inadequate boss upduke acquaintances alike.

When you walk naked toward the kpdike your feet toe in as if your ankles were manacled to cenatur of someone behind you. It is set in rural Pennsylvania, where Updike grew up. Jan 25, Clara rated it liked it. The novel depicted a world I not only recognized but dwelled within, the world of small-town public high school.

What I was feeling. Which I also did. Quotes from The Centaur.