The Centaur Author:John Updike -originally conceived as a contrasting companion to Mr. Updike's previous novel, Rabbit, Run-retells the myth of Chiron, the noblest and wisest of the centaurs, who, painfully wounded and yet unable to die, gave up his immortality on behalf of Prometheus. In the retelling, Olympus becomes Olinger hight School, Chiron a teacher of general scienc... more »e there, and Prometheus his fifteen-year-old son. Seeking to pierce the shadow-line that separates human experience from the mythical dimension, the author alternates objective chapters with chapters told in retrospect by Chiron's son, and translates the agonized centaur's search for relief into the incidents and accidents of three winter days spent in Pennsylvania in 1947.« less
Winner of the 1964 National Book Award for Fiction. John Updike gives a courageous and brilliant account of a conflict in gifts between an inarticulate American father and his highly articulate son. He readily takes on the risk of flamboyance in pursuing an acuteness of feeling and introduces a cast of Gods and Goddesses into rural Pennsylvania.
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