The Centaur

The Centaur

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"A triumph of love and art." THE WASHINGTON POST

In a small Pennsylvania town in the late 1940s, schoolteacher George Caldwell yearns to find some meaning in his life. Alone with his teenage son for three days in a blizzard, Caldwell sees his son grow and change as he himself begins to lose touch with his life. Interwoven with the myth of Chiron, the noblest centaur, and his relationship to the Titan Prometheus, "The Centaur" is one of Updike's most brilliant novels.

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Publisher: New York, Knopf, 1963
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780394418810
Branch Call Number: 823 U66ce
Characteristics: 302 p. 22 cm


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Dec 05, 2018

I'm so happy to see comments bc I love John Updike so much. I'm surprised at the dates bc I just recommended APL to buy this a few months ago. Maybe they had it and lost it.

I'm noticing in this brilliant book the vernacular of the dad is kind of like a Saul Bellow character. Can't describe it exactly but it's very breezy and folksy and male--bravado.

Nov 10, 2013

"No, I'm sorry, we don't hire dirty centaurs." This was the inspiration for the classic SNL sketch!

Dec 06, 2010

1964 National Book Award - Fiction

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