Bech at Bay (eBook)


In this, the final volume in John Updike’s mock-heroic trilogy about the Jewish American writer Henry Bech, our hero is older but scarcely wiser. Now in his seventies, he remains competitive, lecherous, and self-absorbed, lost in a brave new literary world where his books are hyped by Swiss-owned conglomerates, showcased in chain stores attached to espresso bars, and returned to warehouses just three weeks later. In five chapters more startling and surreal than any that have come before, Bech presides over the American literary scene, enacts bloody revenge on his critics, and wins the world’s most coveted writing prize. It’s not easy being Henry Bech in the post-Gutenbergian world, but somebody has to do it, and he brings to the task his signature mixture of grit, spit, and ennui.

About the Author

John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker, and since 1957 has lived in Massachusetts. He is the father of four children and the author of over forty books, including collections of short stories, poems, and criticism. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the American Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Praise for Bech at Bay…

Bech at Bay is brilliant"
--David Lodge, New York Review of Books

"A comic delight...the ultimate wasp has produced another wonderful piece of Jewish fiction. In this, his third go-round with soulful Manhattan literary lion Henry Bech, Updike gets under his character's skin as naturally as Sinatra inhabits the soul of a heartbroken guy at the bar at 3a.m."
--David Lehman, People

"I suspect you'll find it irresistible"        
--Alex Beam, Boston Globe

"If you're anything literary--writer, publisher, even critic, you'll love it. And if you're not, you'll love it too...Everything Bech-Updike has to say about the writing life is awful, hilarious and true"
--Caroline Angier, Wall Street Journal

"Updike unbound--at his most frolicsome & funniest"
--Kirkus Reviews

"Bech at Bay is wise and funny, charming & pointed"
--Joan Mellen, Baltimore Sun

"A mordantly comic look at the literary life"        
--Paul Gray, Time

Product Details ISBN-13: 9780307482068
Published: Random House, 12/30/2008
Language: en

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