Frases de John Updike

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John Updike

Fecha de nacimiento: 18. Marzo 1932
Fecha de muerte: 27. Enero 2009
Otros nombres:Con Apdayk,John Hoyer Updike

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John Hoyer Updike fue un importante escritor estadounidense, autor de novelas, relatos cortos, poesías, ensayos y críticas literarias, así como de un libro de memorias personales.

La obra más importante de Updike fue la serie de novelas sobre su famoso personaje Harry Conejo Angstrom . De la famosa tetralogía, Conejo es rico y Conejo en paz le permitieron ganar sendos Premio Pulitzer en 1982 y 1991, respectivamente. Describiendo su famoso personaje como "el protestante de clase media de un pequeño pueblo norteamericano", Updike, bien conocido por su escritura prolífica, que raya en un cuidado casi artesanal, llegó a publicar 22 novelas y más de una docena de colecciones de historias cortas, así como poesías, ensayos, críticas literarias e, incluso, libros para niños. Cientos de sus historias, reportajes y poemas han ido apareciendo regularmente en el semanario The New Yorker desde 1950. Su trabajo como escritor explora habitualmente las motivaciones humanas sobre el sexo, la fe, la razón última de la existencia, la muerte, los conflictos generacionales y las relaciones interpersonales.

Frases John Updike

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„Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face.“

— John Updike, Self-Consciousness
Context: Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face. As soon as one is aware of being “somebody,” to be watched and listened to with extra interest, input ceases, and the performer goes blind and deaf in his overanimation. One can either see or be seen. Ch. 6

„It's no disgrace to, in the end, restore order. And punish the wicked and, in some way, reward the righteous.“

— John Updike
Context: In the old movies, yes, there always was the happy ending and order was restored. As it is in Shakespeare's plays. It's no disgrace to, in the end, restore order. And punish the wicked and, in some way, reward the righteous.

„It was true of my generation, that the movies were terribly vivid and instructive.“

— John Updike
Context: It was true of my generation, that the movies were terribly vivid and instructive. There were all kinds of things you learned. Like the 19th century novels, you saw how other social classes lived — especially the upper classes. So in a funny way, they taught you manners almost. But also moral manners. The gallantry of a Gary Cooper or an Errol Flynn or Jimmy Stewart. It was ethical instruction of a sort that the church purported to be giving you, but in a much less digestible form. Instead of these remote, crabbed biblical verses, you had contemporary people acting out moral dilemmas. Just the grace, the grace of those stars — not just the dancing stars, but the way they all moved with a certain grace. All that sank deep into my head, and my soul.

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„I miss only, and then only a little, in the late afternoon, the sudden white laughter that like heat lightning bursts in an atmosphere where souls are trying to serve the impossible.“

— John Updike
Context: I miss only, and then only a little, in the late afternoon, the sudden white laughter that like heat lightning bursts in an atmosphere where souls are trying to serve the impossible. My father for all his mourning moved in the atmosphere of such laughter. He would have puzzled you. He puzzled me. His upper half was hidden from me, I knew best his legs.

„The city overwhelmed our expectations.“

— John Updike
Context: The city overwhelmed our expectations. The Kiplingesque grandeur of Waterloo Station, the Eliotic despondency of the brick row in Chelsea … the Dickensian nightmare of fog and sweating pavement and besmirched cornices. On London, in “A Madman,” New Yorker (22 December 1962)

„Vocations drying up, nobody wants to be selfless any more, everybody wants their fun.“

— John Updike
Context: Now nuns have blended into everybody else or else faded away. Vocations drying up, nobody wants to be selfless any more, everybody wants their fun. No more nuns, no more rabbis. No more good people, waiting to have their fun in the afterlife. The thing about the afterlife, it kept this life within bounds somehow, like the Russians. Now there's just Japan, and technology, and the profit motive, and getting all you can while you can.

„His upper half was hidden from me, I knew best his legs.“

— John Updike
Context: I miss only, and then only a little, in the late afternoon, the sudden white laughter that like heat lightning bursts in an atmosphere where souls are trying to serve the impossible. My father for all his mourning moved in the atmosphere of such laughter. He would have puzzled you. He puzzled me. His upper half was hidden from me, I knew best his legs.

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