Falconer (Paperback)

Author: Cheever, John

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*Author: Cheever, John *Publication Date: 1991/10/01 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780679737865
SKU 30118325
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0679737863
Release Date 10/1/1991
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.5T
Author Info
John Cheever
John Cheever's father was the owner of a shoe factory that folded after the stock market crash of 1929; in the '30s, the family moved to New York City. Cheever ended his formal education when he was expelled from Thayer Academy at 17 for smoking. (He wrote a story about the experience for the New Republic the following year.) He served in the Army in World War II and was married in 1941. For years, he was associated with The New Yorker, which published many of his short stories. He moved to Ossining, New York in 1961, and for two years in the 1970s he taught writing at Sing Sing, an experience that led to his 1977 novel, FALCONER. His daughter Susan's 1984 memoir, HOME BEFORE DARK, reveals Cheever as an alcoholic and a closeted homosexual who alternated between despair and contentment.
"'Falconer' is splendid. It is rough, it is elegant, it is pure. It is also indispensable, if you earnestly desire to know what is happening to the human soul in the USA."
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Annotation Ezekiel Farragut, convicted of killing his brother, has been imprisoned in the state prison called Falconer. He is visited by his wife Marcia, with whom he has a love-hate relationship; she has the occasional lesbian affair, which makes him angry. Farragut, however, is more-than-occasionally gay. His lover, Jody, escapes and rioting at another prison affects the inmates of Falconer. This novel was based on Cheever's experiences teaching at Sing Sing.
Editors Note In a nightmarish prison a convict named Farragut struggles to remain a man. Out of Farragut's suffering and astonishing salvation, Cheever crafted his most powerful work of fiction.
Editors Note 2 In a nightmarish prison a convict named Farragut--a professor, drug addict, and a fratricide--struggles to remain a man. "One of the most important novels of our time . . . Read it and be ennobled".--Los Angeles Times.
Editors Note 3 Stunning and brutally powerful, Falconer tells the story of a man named Farragut, his crime and punishment, and his struggle to remain a man in a universe bent on beating him back into childhood. Only John Cheever could deliver these grand themes with the irony, unforced eloquence, and exhilarating humor that make Falconer such a triumphant work of the moral imagination.
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