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Recommendations — John Updike’s THE CENTAUR by Adam Sexton | Post Road #27

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. And I did not understand the ending. He consistently appeared as an emotionally wounded man. This is a modern take on the story of Chiron. Jan 20, Karen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: He is the son of Louis Begley, the writer that best carries the Updike torch forward in his own writing.

They left me frustrated and confused. He adores his father, but at the same time his father is so exasperating. Lists with This Book. George Caldwell and his son Peter both long to escape from their town and find happiness.


Quotation from a review: The novel’s opening pages combine the quotidian and the mythic in ever-shifting proportions. I think it’s his best literary accomplishment. The thought of fulfillment is just depressing. He feels put upon by the school’s principal, and he views his students as yhe and uninterested in anything he has to teach them. George has largely given up on life; what glory he knew, as a football player and soldier updiek World War Ihas passed. Recommended to Karen by: I love John Updike’s writing.

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I didn’t centaru it. I wanted my students to feel loved too. Jul 25, Steve Petherbridge rated it it was amazing. The narrative switches between George and his son Peter.

The Centaur

Jul 06, Judy rated it really liked it Shelves: The Arcadian sun was growing th. In the cities, worshippers mounting the white temple steps would feel the marble hot on their unsandalled feet. Updike captures angst like no other author. The character of Peter is similar to Updike himself; both had schoolteacher fathers, lived in rural Pennsylvania, were passionate about painting, and suffered from psoriasis. This page was last edited on 13 Novemberat I think most of us have been there.

T An interesting novel which finds meaning in the mundane of everyday life; concerning George Caldwell and his son Peter, a boy cebtaur his mid teens.


More age-appropriate, and considerably less fusty, was D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Mythscharmingly illustrated throughout in charcoal and pastels. As a Centaur he was immortal but, longing for death, he traded his immortality as atonement for Prometheus, who defied the gods by stealing fire and giving it to mankind.

George is essentially a decent updi,e, who is struggling to stay on top of his life and work. And each of them made a presentation to the class. It makes the reader really dissect the true meaning of the book. The very name of the allergy, so foreign, so twisty in the mouth, so apt to prompt stammering, intensified the humiliation.

The Centaur by John Updike

Which I also did. He rises so high on the wings of his thoughts that when he crashes, it proves to be a long fall back to Earth. For other literature by the same title, see The Centaur disambiguation.

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