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Feb 01, Andrey zz rated it it was amazing. It wasn’t a bar bet, exactly, but one night not long ago I made a few sweeping and whiskey-fueled statements about the irrelevance and sexism of mid-century white dude novelists like Roth, Cheever, and Updike that quite unexpectedly garnered such a thoughtful, knowledgable defense of Updike from my friend Dave that the only possible way I saw to save face was to immediately promise to read the Updike novel of his choosing.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. His father is totally lacking in self-confidence and self-esteem, pandering to his inadequate boss and acquaintances alike.

I read The Centaur in my senior year of high school. Then a neighbor recommended The Centaur. His students came nowhere near the calibre of Achilles, etc. This short novel set in in small town America, depicts the relationship between a father and his adolescent son by watching them over three days. Updike describes the schoolteacher standing under a lampin the schoolyard watching the shadows of falling snowflakes and speculating on the recesion of galaxies in the universe.

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I’ve always considered myself well-read, but I have to agree with the reviewer who said, “until the second chapter, I wasn’t sure if I was going to finish this book. Nov 15, Lauren Davidson rated it really liked it.

That this book won the National Book Award just proves that those who do the judging have no idea what a good book actually is. The name of the author may be familiar to some. Please go ahead and comment. Jan 20, Karen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This article is about the novel by John Updike.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Want to Read saving…. I wasn’t quite prepared for the mix of mythological and modern-day characters that inhabit this book. It is and George is unhappily though gratefully employed as a high school teacher in the small Pennsylvania town where some of Updike’s novels are set.

This book intrigued me and pulled me all the way through to its end–but once I finished it, I felt like a dope.

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Most books at least make some kind of internal sense updiike my brain. The dad is a teacher at his son’s school, and is convinced he is going to die. Dec 31, Kent Winward rated it liked it.

Upvike with This Book. George has largely given up on life and is treading water, but, not without negatively affecting Peter; what glory he knew, as a football player and soldier in World War I, has passed. Not my favorite Updike book, but an interesting one. George Caldwell is Chiron. The Centaur by John Updike. He also feels prote This book tells the story of three days in the lives of a man and his son, living in rural Pennsylvania in the early 50s.


He feels put upon by the school’s principal, and he views his students as hapless and uninterested in anything he has to teach them. Updike weaves both lives seamlessly which demonstrates his deftness with prose.

George is essentially a decent bloke, who is struggling to stay on top of his life updikd work. It’s bugging me, that I don’t have a good grasp on the ending.

George Caldwell, a school teacher, and his son Peter, live outside of Alton i. Preview — The Centaur by John Updike.

The Centaur by John Updike

Alone with his teenage son for three days in a blizzard, Caldwell sees his son grow and change as he himself begins to lost touch with his life. This novel probably follows the myth more closely than I was willing to work for.

National Book Award for Fiction. They left me frustrated and confused. He is a man of unrealised ambition, a man who is unhappy in himself. I thought I was done with Greece for a while but it turned out, not exactly.