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Bech: A Book (1970) [Novel]
by John Updike Rating: Weighted - 7.2 / Average - 7.0 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Series: Bech

Summary (From the publisher):

The inimitable Henry Bech. Famous for his writer's block, Bech is a Jew adrift in a world of Gentiles. As he roams from one adventure to the next, he views life with a blend of wonder and cynicism that will make you laugh with delight and wince in recognition.

Original title: Bech: A Book
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumor

Edition #1: Bech: A Book

Bech: A Book (1970)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Updike's most delightful book... truly entertaining..." Harpers
  • "One of Updike's best creations." Life
  • "Bech is funny!" National Observer
  • "Bech succeeds marvelously... One falls into the book and through it and out the other side of it as effortlessly as one might slide through a polished aluminum tube in a funhouse. Yet so much is accomplished! It is a deft poke at what it means to be a writer in America. It is a writer's testament." The New York Times
  • "Updike at his best.. dexterous, witty, urbane..." Look
  • "John Updike has written his most appealing novel.... Humor runs high in Bech: A Book!" Boston Sunday Globe
  • "Updike has never before been so much fun... and one suspects that he has never had so much fun himself...." Greensboro Daily News
  • "Bech is a great, great book, and should be read by all who take sheer delight in splendid writing. Updike's prose here buns like the sea under a brilliant sunóbrisk rhythms, bright, clear images that flash like whitecaps and sudden, diving insights into the secluded harbors of human frailty." Rocky Mountain News
  • "The funniest, most elegantly written, and intelligently sympathetic renditions available about what what happens when a writer... becomes a culture object." Time
  • "John Updike, one of America's most talented novelists, has produced an amazing tour de force in the satirical vein... it is not too outrageous to predict that this may be his most popular book." Newark News
  • "A versatile and accomplished writer... Updike demonstrates his mettle as a turner-of-phrase." Arizona Republic
  • "Updike's punning, ironical style whips the reader briskly along." Miami Herald
  • "The leading WASP novelist of his generationóand of many a generationó[has] put his large mimetic gifts in touch... with his first-rate critical intelligence. The result is intellectual comedy of a high order." Book World
  • "This is a devastating novel, a funny novel, with a central character who could easily pass for Everyman.... Each of Updike's short story-chapters is a jewel, shimmering, many-faceted, complete.... Other short stories and novels will seem pale and dull by comparison." Memphis Commercial Appeal
  • "Sly and caustic wit overlaid with uncompromising intelligence and acuity. His 'book' is first-rate from beginning to end." Virginia Quarterly Review
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Bech: A Book (1970)

ISBN: 044900452X

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