The Poorhouse Fair

The Poorhouse Fair

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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The hero of John Updike's first novel, published when the author was twenty-six, is ninety-four-year-old John Hook, a dying man who yet refuses to be dominated. His world is a poorhouse--a county home for the aged and infirm--overseen by Stephen Conner, a righteous young man who considers it his duty to know what is best for others. The action of the novel unfolds over a single summer's day, the day of the poorhouse's annual fair, a day of escalating tensions between Conner and the rebellious Hook. Its climax is a contest between progress and tradition, benevolence and pride, reason and faith.
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2012
Edition: Random House Trade Paperback ed
ISBN: 9780679645771
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Feb 16, 2018

Descriptive prose with some interesting but not fully completed characterizations in a jumbled but fast paced narrative. The novel was originally written in the 1959 and was set in the future but that future is unrecognizable today and the novel does not "age" very well. A fairly short novel so you won't be spending too much time on it if you choose to read it.

Nov 08, 2013

I know Updike is supposed to be great and whatnot, but I've never really gotten into him, so I'm reading through some of his books. This is his first novel and it feels very much like one: slim, unfocused, uncertain. Some have described it as an allegory, but I couldn't figure it out. His next book would be "Rabbit Run," which would put him on the map.


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