Bech by John Updike
A Book: A Novel

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The Jewish American novelist Henry Bech—procrastinating, libidinous, and tart-tongued, his reputation growing while his powers decline—made his first appearance in 1965, in John Updike’s “The Bulgarian Poetess.” That story won the O. Henry First Prize, and it and the six Bech adventures that followed make up this collection. “Bech is the writer in me,” Updike once said, “creaking but lusty, battered but undiscourageable, fed on the blood of ink and the bread of white paper.” As he trots the globe, promotes himself, and lurches from one woman’s bed to another’s, Bech views life with a blend of wonder and cynicism that will make followers of the lit-biz smile with delight and wince in recognition.


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About John Updike

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John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. 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. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Updike died in January 2009.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Random House. 192 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Bech is getting on in years, and much has changed in the literary culture that Updike has been gently satirizing through this picaresque and resilient hero.

Oct 25 1998 | Read Full Review of Bech: A Book: A Novel

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Bech's dry period has stretched to 13 years, and though the descriptions of poor Bech's collisions with humanity may be funnier than ever, they are sadder.

Oct 17 1982 | Read Full Review of Bech: A Book: A Novel

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A deft poke at what it means to be a writer in America, what this country does to its artists.

Jun 11 1970 | Read Full Review of Bech: A Book: A Novel

The New York Review of Books

The paradox is that the first two collections of Bech stories, Bech: A Book (1970) and Bech is Back (1982), slim volumes whose jauntily alliterative titles frankly confessed their metafictional jokiness, not to say in-jokiness, have been among the most popular and warmly received of his productions;

Nov 19 1998 | Read Full Review of Bech: A Book: A Novel

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