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Author: John Updike
ISBN13: 978-0449203712
Title: The Centaur
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Language: English
Category: Genre Fiction
Publisher: Fawcett (March 12, 1983)

The Centaur by John Updike

The Centaur, John Updike’s third novel, won for him his first National Book Award. Its story is of George Caldwell, a science teacher in a small Pennsylvania town, and his fifteen-year-old son, Peter. Updike’s own father was a teacher in the high school in Shillington, Pennsylvania, and the book was in part intended to be a tribute to his father. In January of 1947, George fears he may have cancer and goes after school for X rays. He and Peter then drive to a swim meet in a nearby town; their 1936 Buick breaks down, forcing them to spend the night.

The Centaur is a modern retelling of the legend of Chiron, the noblest and wisest of the centaurs, who, painfully wounded yet unable to die, gave up his immortality on behalf of Prometheus. In the retelling, Olympus becomes small-town Olinger High School; Chiron is George Caldwell, a science teacher there; and Prometheus is Caldwell's fifteen-year-old son, Peter.

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The Centaur is a novel by John Updike, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1963. National Book Award for Fiction. Portions of the novel first appeared in Esquire and The New Yorker. The French translation of the novel won the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Prize). The story concerns George Caldwell, a school teacher, and his son Peter, outside of Alton (. Reading), Pennsylvania

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The Centaur is a magical book that takes you on many twists and turns as the characters slowly develop. One must be warned that this book needs some prior knowledge in Greek mythology, of which I have none. The types of relationships in this book discussed are between a father and a son. The storyline can be hazy, especially in this bizarre story of a man stuck with his teenage son in a snow storm intertwined with a noble centaur. Analysis of-should wizard hit mommy by john updike? this story implies a thin line of demarcation between a child's world and the world of adults. the parents want a child to go by the book but a child will always want to establish his or her identity by being different. also a strong craving to be accepted by one's peers is clearly indicated.

John Updike won the 1964 National Book Award for his third novel, The Centaur. The strangely compelling mixture of contemporary 1947 Pennsylvania and ancient Greek mythological figures like Chiron, Prometheus, Venus and Zeus enticed some critics completely into accepting Updike into the ranks of the America’s serious writers. The book also left a minority still questioning whether Updike was truly young, gifted, and profound or merely too clever by half. The ensuing decades made the reception given to The Centaur something akin to a microcosm of Updike’s entire career

Centaur is a book where for the first time, in English literature – originated reception semantic complexity. 1 This novel has a two-dimensional structure: the common level and the mythological level. But mythological plots and characters are not just borrowed by writer, but he also creatively reworked them. The main theme of Centaur is impoverishment and degeneration of public and private life

The Centaur is John Updike's third novel, it won the National Book Award in 1964, and is a loose retelling of the Greek myth of Chiron, noblest of all Centaurs. George Caldwell is Chiron. It is 1947 and George is unhappily though gratefully employed as a high school teacher in the small Pennsylvania town where some of Updike's novels are set. The story takes place over a few winter days in the life of George, his wife a I thought I was done with Greece for a while but it turned out, not exactly. Since reading the biography of John Updike, "Updike By Adam Begley", earlier in the month, this was a gap in the writer's work that I had not read. Reading it now, I can appreciate the obvious biographical nature of the novel. Names of places and characters have been changed, but, there is no doubting that this is Updike writing of his own family.

The Centaur is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. Published in the United States by Random House Trade Paperbacks, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, In. New York.

In a small Pennsylvania town in the late 1940s, schoolteacher George Caldwell yearns to find some meaning in his life. Alone with his teenage son for three days in a blizzard, 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, "The Centaur" is one of John Updike's most brilliant and unusual novels.
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Riotously creative, at times almost disorientingly so, Updike envisions the relationship between a boy and his father, dramatized in a thread of commonplace events, as a mythical Greek epic. The effect is to elevate and eternalize the ordinary, to cast the mundane in the context of the heroic, and finally, to lay bare our inability to rationalize our own existence. This is a self-consciously artistic work, and Updike's astonishing ability to capture the subtlest experiences and observations in his prose sometimes seems to take on a life of its own. Yet, those who are willing to be patient, if not indulgent, and read this prose as though it were poetry -- which it is -- will be richly rewarded, and, at the same time, mightily entertained.
One of Updike's best books, THE CENTAUR is the opposite of RABBIT, RUN. Harry Angstrom, Rabbit, seeks self-gratification. George Caldwell does his duty. One runs, the other plods. Both find themselves caught. Updike adds the touch of inserting into the narrative the story of Chiron and the greek gods. Wonderfully done, very touching.
I hate fantasy. It's for children.
Besides the Rabbit series one of my favorite. I would recommend it.
I had read a review of the Centaur prior to purchasing the book, so I was prepared for the mythological chapters. Otherwise it could have been very confusing. However, true to John Updike's clarity of emotions and descriptive passages and the feeling I get that he understood the human animal, I am thoroughly enjoying the book. I am near finished reading it and I am happy that I will have it in my collection of John Updike's writings.
This book beautifully mixes modern and classical writing. Blending in Greek myths and characters to explain the story was ingenious. I truly recommend this book for anyone looking for a challenging and different prospective of the Greek tale of Chiron.
I believe this may be Updike's most perfect novel, expressing his deep love and appreciation for his own flawed, remarkable father, and relating the trials and joys of his own adolescence. The beauty and eloquence of the writing moved me.