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Memories of the Ford Administration (1992)

by John Updike

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Series: Buchanan (novel)

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Alfred Clayton recounts his memories and impressions of the Ford Administration, accidentally including pages from an unpublished book on President James Buchanan.
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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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I am well aware that the reader does not require information, but I, on the other hand, feel impelled to give it to him.
                                    —Rousseau, The Confessions.
Man in his essence is the memory [or "memorial," Gedächtnis] of Being, but Being [crossed out with an "X"].* .
                                    —Hiedegger, The Question of Being.

* As quoted in the preface to Of Grammatology, by Jacques Derrida, by the translator from the French, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, who supplied the refinement in brackets and presumably the translation from the German, which coincides in this sentence (but not everywhere) with that of Jean T. Wilde and William Kluback.
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I remember I was sitting among my abandoned children watching television when Nixon resigned.
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