In the beauty of the lilies /
John Updike.
1st trade ed.
New York : A.A. Knopf, 1996.
491 p.
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New York : A.A. Knopf, 1996.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1996-11-11:
The spiritual and sexual malaise of a multigenerational American family is the focus of Updike's masterful novel, a six-week PW bestseller. (Jan.)
Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-12:
The saga of one family's journey through the spiritual landscape of 20th-century America, Updike's 17th novel opens in 1910, just as Theodore Wilmot's father, a Presbyterian minister, suddenly loses his faith. His loss is visceral, and no amount of intellectualizing can deter him from his realization that he must leave the pulpit if he is to remain true to himself. Eighty years later, Theodore's grandson, a lost soul in the post-Vietnam War era who has found strange comfort in a radical religious cult, experiences his own catharsis, as the flames literally rage around him. In the intervening years, we follow the lives of Theodore himself, a good man who has no outward faith and little ambition, and his daughter, Esther, who becomes a modern-day sort of goddess‘a movie star. Updike is an astute observer of the American experience and in Theodore Wilmot has created a quintessential 20th-century everyman. Despite an occasional lapse into stereotypical characterization (e.g., the "gay cousin"), this well-wrought tale engages both emotion and intellect. A major novel by a major novelist, it belongs in libraries of every sort. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/95]‘David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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