The Centaur

by John Updike | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0449912167 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Firegirl of Tucson, Arizona USA on 2/24/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by Firegirl from Tucson, Arizona USA on Tuesday, February 24, 2009
From back cover: In a small Pennsylvania town in the late 1940s, schoolteacher George Caldwell years to find some meaning in his life. Alone with his teenage son for three days in a bliazzard, 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 own relationship to Prometheus, [this] is one of John Updike's most brilliant and unusual novels.

Journal Entry 2 by Firegirl at Annandale, Virginia USA on Sunday, January 14, 2018
I'm not sure I fully understood this, but that's okay. I mean, clearly it's a re-telling, of sort, of the myth of Chiron. It's been a long time since I studied Greek mythology, so I don't think I "got" this as much as I could have. The writing is beautiful, in a flowery, literary way. I suppose I enjoyed it, though I can't quite say why. I found both main characters a little annoying, Chiron was especially whiny which is not how I would expect the "noblest of centaurs" to be portrayed. This is definitely a "writer's book", one that could (and I'm sure has) been studied in many a literature class.

Journal Entry 3 by Firegirl at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Sunday, February 18, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (2/18/2018 UTC) at Alexandria, Virginia USA


Taking to pass along at today's BC-in-DC meetup.

Journal Entry 4 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, February 18, 2018
This book came home with me today from the BCinDC meetup at La Madeleine bakery and cafe in Alexandria, Virginia. Thank you for the book!

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Journal Entry 6 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Tuesday, July 24, 2018
I selected this book from the Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) to travel elsewhere...

Released 2 yrs ago (8/28/2018 UTC) at Little Library at My Organic Market (MOM's) in Gaithersburg, Maryland USA


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