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Bech: A Book by John Updike

Bech: A Book (1970)

by John Updike

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Series: Henry Bech Books (book 1)

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A passive character, aimless and blocked, Bech wanders the world of writers and literary fests without joy. The stories satirize literary chat and the airless world of writer's symposiums.
Bech is no match for Enderby.
  ivanfranko | Mar 16, 2016 |
A rescued book, from the "Kantoorpaleis" Moem had to move out of. The books needed new homes, new readers and this one ended up with me. :-)
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
John Updike really, really had a way with words, and this book is no exception to such examples of his writing. "his scraped heart flinched" really stuck with me. While I did enjoy this volume (first published 1970), it is a short-story collection, all of which centers around a fictional author, Henry Bech. I am more a fan of the novel form than short stories, hence this mid-rating. ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | May 8, 2012 |
Portrait d'un romancier juif de 67 ans, alter ego, et fantasme privilégié d'Updike. Un roman spirituel qui constitue également une bonne description de l'artiste américain, Blanc, protestant, anxieux, et cultivant 'l'ironie en circuit fermé' (cf. l'avant-propos, p. 7-10).
  PierreYvesMERCIER | Feb 19, 2012 |
One of Updike's most sophisticated entertainments, with delightful surprises on every page. As an alter ego, Henry Bech is a sort of anti-Updike. From the metropolis, Jewish, never went to college, served in the military, a confirmed bachelor, and suffering from writer's block. Bech is also an Updikean vehicle for satirizing the New York literary scene, and American letters in general. ( )
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Tras una novela de éxito, la carrera de Henry Bech, escritor norteamericano entrado en la cuarentena, comienza a languidecer. Ahora, mediada la atribulada década de los años sesenta, para huir de la parálisis creativa, acepta participar en unos «intercambios culturales» promovidos por el Departamento de Estado que lo llevarán a Rusia, Rumania o Bulgaria, cuando el Telón todavía era de acero. Pero ni las bondades del deshielo soviético ni la sucesión de esperpénticos encuentros –un choque de civilizaciones avant la lettre, con hilarantes confusiones por problemas de traducción o equívocos en los flirteos– consiguen sacarlo de su embotamiento. Como tampoco le ayudarán mucho los incidentes que salpican su vida de vuelta a Occidente: desde una visita al Londres más chic de la década prodigiosa a unas conferencias en una universidad femenina del profundo Sur o los vaivenes sentimentales en su amada Nueva York.
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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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