Who has not searched in Καθρέφτες - Ζιγκ-Ζαγκ - Αίνιγμαlike Fulham, returning superstitiously to the same places, trying to recreate the careless self of yesterday? But "the wallet's non-existence rang out through the rooms like a pistol shot which leaves deafness in its wake". In despair, Fulham exclaims to his wife: "'Without that wallet, I'm nothing.
At last, Καθρέφτες - Ζιγκ-Ζαγκ - Αίνιγμα cheque shows up, only after it has been cancelled, the granddaughter finds the wallet, but only after the accounts have been frozen. The nights are cooler now and something has shifted in Fulham.
He has had a near-death experience, a rehearsal, and now is reconciled to his end. Like much that appears secular in Updike, this story is suffused with his religious seriousness - the very spirit that Larkin, an atheist, famously acknowledged in his description of a church as being "A serious house on serious earth. In the opening of the major novel, In the Beauty of the Lilies, a movie is being made and, at the same time, a clergyman is losing his faith and confronts "the blood-soaked Καθρέφτες - Ζιγκ-Ζαγκ - Αίνιγμα of a cosmic mayhem".
For Updike, cinema and its brattish child, television, "became our religion". This was not a disapproving observation - in his youth, "it was the movies that moved me, and gave me something to Corry* - Jij Hebt Me Bedrogen for, to live toward".
And cinema was above all, for the young Updike, an exploration of sexual encounters. It was there from the very beginning, in his writing, that celebrated or infamous capacity for fastidious, clinical, visually intense, painfully and hilariously honest descriptions of men and women making love. However fleeting or disastrous the coupling, the metaphysical shadows are always on the wall - the same seriousness is in play.
When he makes love outdoors to Georgene - "A lip of resistance, then an easeful deepness, a slipping by steps" - he is troubled that he is "under the eye of God". The ruthless recording eye made Updike unpopular with some women readers, especially back in the salad days of Theory, when talk of the "male gaze" was the fashion. Piet notes in Foxy's nakedness "the goosebumped roughness of her buttocks, the gray unpleasantness of her shaved armpits. While she fellates him "lazily", he combs her lovely hair and reflects on her "coral cunt, coral into burgundy, with its pansy-shaped M, or W, of fur".
Then it comes to him that mouths are noble. We set our genitals mating down below like peasants, but when the mouth condescends, mind and body marry. In his last novel, The Widows of Eastwick, Updike engaged playfully Say Your Prayers - BulletBoys* - Freakshow his female critics through his character Sukie, the romantic novelist.
She erases from a work in progress a passage about carefully buffed fingernails digging deep "into Hercule's broad, heaving back". She reminds herself that a proper romance never dwells on sexual details, for Καθρέφτες - Ζιγκ-Ζαγκ - Αίνιγμα might lose its "targeted demographic of dreamy, dissatisfied women. Women know the facts but don't want them spelled out. In fact, Updike's level unblinking gaze is not Καθρέφτες - Ζιγκ-Ζαγκ - Αίνιγμα on women, and is not confined to the physical.
In Roger's Version, when Lambert lies to his wife to conceal an infidelity, Big Joe And Phantom 309 - Various - Step Right Up: The Songs Of Tom Waits Καθρέφτες - Ζιγκ-Ζαγκ - Αίνιγμα so "trusting my face, that thin-skinned traitor, to back me up".
And there was never a more fallible and exposed character in modern fiction than Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom. The tetralogy not only describes from the inside a modern man's major and minor dishonesties, self-deceptions, special pleadings and lumpish passivity; it also charts over more than 30 years a slow physical and mental deterioration accelerated by laziness, junk food and American prosperity.
The Rabbit tetralogy is Updike's masterpiece and will surely be his monument. In all its detail, homely or hard-edged, and all its arenas - work, politics, retirement and above all Dont Want To Be A Fool - Luther Vandross - Power Of Love - the metaphysical Καθρέφτες - Ζιγκ-Ζαγκ - Αίνιγμα always there, sometimes a mere gleam buried in the fold of a sentence, at other times overtly, comically.
In the first of the novels, Rabbit Run, when youngish Harry, the typesetter, ex-basketball player, makes love to Ruth, a small-town prostitute, their sessions are interrupted by a gut-level theological dispute about God's existence, prompted by Sunday churchgoers in the street below.
Harry, naturally, is on the side of God - "The idea of making it while the churches are full excites him. Many years later, he is on the slab, watching his own insides on a screen "the Rabbit Angstrom Show"surrounded by machines and technocratic doctors and their satellites who "murmurously crouch over Harry's sheeted, strategically exposed body" conducting a three-and-a-half-hour angioplasty following his heart attack.
The scene is rich in Updike's strengths. Godless technology is fucking the pulsing wet tubes we inherited from the squid, the boneless sea-cunts. No old wispy Biblical God would dare interfere. They stay off the booze and dope and have a weakness only. Like Bellow, his only equal in this, Updike is a master of effortless motion - between third and first person, from the metaphorical density of literary prose to the demotic, from specific detail to wide generalisation, from the actual Καθρέφτες - Ζιγκ-Ζαγκ - Αίνιγμα the numinous, from the scary to the comic.
For his own particular purposes, Updike devised for himself a style of narration, an intense, present tense, free indirect style, that can leap up, whenever it wants, to a God's-eye view of Harry, or the view of his put-upon wife, Καθρέφτες - Ζιγκ-Ζαγκ - Αίνιγμαor victimised son, Nelson.
This Emmet - Alixa + Naima - Ammunition crafted artifice permits here assumptions about evolutionary theory, which are more Updike than Harry, and comically sweeping notions of Jewry, which are more Harry than Updike. Καθρέφτες - Ζιγκ-Ζαγκ - Αίνιγμα is at the heart of the Καθρέφτες - Ζιγκ-Ζαγκ - Αίνιγμα achievement. Updike once said of the Rabbit books that they were an exercise in point of view.
This was typically self-deprecating, but contains an important grain of truth. Harry's education extends no further than high school, and his view is further limited by a range of prejudices and a stubborn, combative spirit, yet he is the vehicle for a half-million-word meditation on postwar American anxiety, failure and prosperity. A mode had to be devised to make this possible, and that involved pushing beyond the bounds of realism. In a novel like this, Updike insisted, you have to be generous and allow your characters eloquence, "and not chop them down to what you think is the right size".
He was clear, too, that we all sense more than we Καθρέφτες - Ζιγκ-Ζαγκ - Αίνιγμα ever put into words, and was mindful of the example of Joyce and his "great attempt to capture the way we move through life". The three Bech books, which Updike always listed with his short stories, have alliterative titles, like the tetralogy, and read now like a trilogy of a Καθρέφτες - Ζιγκ-Ζαγκ - Αίνιγμα comic genius.
Henry Bech is a Jewish American writer whose career rises, fades horribly, and rises again to embrace the Nobel prize denied his creator. In one of the final episodes, "Bech Noir", Henry takes, rather implausibly, to murdering the critics who have Lenterei - - Strawinsky*, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta - Le Sacre Du Printemps him over a lifetime.
A poisoned self-addressed envelope and a discreet shove on a crowded subway platform dispose of two with little bother. To reach another, Bech, done up in cape and mask, armed Καθρέφτες - Ζιγκ-Ζαγκ - Αίνιγμα gun and silencer, climbs a fire escape with an accomplice, his current lover in a catsuit, to take the life of Orlando Cohen, an old man with emphysema, whose chaste ambition was to be "the ultimate adjudicator" of American literature and who had "refused to grant Bech a place, even a minor place, in the canon".
They find an emaciated, enfeebled Cohen breathing oxygen through a mask with a volume of Walter Benjamin's Selected Writings on his lap. This is comedy, high and dark, but it does not prevent the critic, minutes before his death, delivering a sharp dismissal of Bech's work for its failure to understand America. Its core, Bech had failed to understand, was essentially Protestant.
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