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Memories of the Ford Administration av john…
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Memories of the Ford Administration (urspr publ 1992; utgåvan 1994)

av john updike

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"Stunning...Alf's life and times are light and funny; Buchanan's are dark and serious. Alternating between the two, Mr. Updike entertains and instructs...in gorgeous prose." THE WALL STREET JOURNAL When junior college professor Alfred Clayton is asked to record his impressions of the Ford Administration, he recalls a turbulent piece of personal history as well. In a decade of sexual liberation, Clayton was facing a doomed marriage and the passionate beginnings of a futile affair with an unattainable Perfect Wife. But one memory begets another: Clayton's unfinished book on James Buchanan. In John Updike's fifteenth novel, he masterfully alternates between the two men, two lives, two American centuries--one Victorian, the other modern--shining an irreverent, witty, and sometimes caustic light on the contrasting views of social fictions and sexual politics.... A MAIN SELECTION OF THE BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK… (mer)
Medlem:adrigerrie
Titel:Memories of the Ford Administration
Författare:john updike
Info:Fawcett Books (1994), Paperback
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Taggar:american fiction, 2nd half 20th century

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Memories of the Ford Administration: A Novel av John Updike (1992)

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I found this story one of Updike's best, primarily due to the subject matter. Contrary to what one would expect, that is a story about the Ford administration, most of the book is a narrative of President James Buchanan. More than a historical novel, the portions dealing with Buchanan are real history.
The Ford Administration part of the book is a humorous telling, in the typical Updike way, of the main character's life during the Presidency of Gerald Ford. He makes a point of reminding us of how uneventful Ford's presidency was by barely mentioning him or any significant acts in those years. ( )
  xieouyang | Dec 7, 2010 |
A high-spirited satiric romp through the stereotypical vision of the waning of the Sixties, which is largely an amusing vehicle by means of which Updike was able to put to use the voluminous learning he acquired while researching Buchanan Dying. Inevitably, some will love it and others will hate it. ( )
  jensenmk82 | Oct 24, 2009 |
One of the best Updike novels I've read. Right up there with Couples, which was a masterpiece. His writing is always poetic, his humor sharp, and character sketches true. Throw in some sex and what's not to like.

I loved the way the book moved back and forth between the main character, Alf Clayton, his life during the early/mid '70's, and James Buchanan, a forgettable pre-Lincoln President

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  jmcilree | Jun 10, 2009 |
Put it down after 139 pages! Will try again another year?! ( )
  MacsTomes | Mar 6, 2007 |
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"Stunning...Alf's life and times are light and funny; Buchanan's are dark and serious. Alternating between the two, Mr. Updike entertains and instructs...in gorgeous prose." THE WALL STREET JOURNAL When junior college professor Alfred Clayton is asked to record his impressions of the Ford Administration, he recalls a turbulent piece of personal history as well. In a decade of sexual liberation, Clayton was facing a doomed marriage and the passionate beginnings of a futile affair with an unattainable Perfect Wife. But one memory begets another: Clayton's unfinished book on James Buchanan. In John Updike's fifteenth novel, he masterfully alternates between the two men, two lives, two American centuries--one Victorian, the other modern--shining an irreverent, witty, and sometimes caustic light on the contrasting views of social fictions and sexual politics.... A MAIN SELECTION OF THE BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

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