The Coup describes violent events in the imaginary African nation of Kush, a large, landlocked, drought-ridden, sub-Saharan country led by Colonel Hakim. Aug 13, In his life, John Updike was considered to be one of, if not the, it: For The Coup is not just the only satire of post-colonial Africa that I’m aware. The Coup was a bestseller by John Updike about Africa that is almost totally forgotten today, even though it was written by America’s most gifted novelist at.

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Austen is worthwhile in your early 20’s to get they lay of the land, and again in your late 20’s when you have a more sophisticated understanding of men and women. The section in Milton’s Paradise Lost about Lucifer being cast down into Hell is spectacularly in touch with today’s comic book movie tastes, but, famously as Dr.

And, finally, still in the noir vein, James Cain is remarkable, and very efficient reading. May 3, at It’s a play about how Lenin and Joyce were in Zurich in I like Updike’s work and find its predictability oddly comforting and endearing, if sometimes frustrating. I read The Coup about 30 years ago, and yes, it’s an entertaining and insightful book by a good writer.

The book is narrated in an unconventional style. Apr 04, Marius Gabriel rated it it was amazing.

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Tennessee Williams and Ellen Gilchrist are supreme prose stylists. The characters and the outlook are all so hopeless. He still has his expertise. I also agree with your suggestion to read excerpts in many cases; one of the main problems of discovering classic literature updjke the barrier posed by sheer length, and the energy needed to surmount it. Thanks for the list, Steve. Broad 19th century humor at its best.

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I can see why he is so respected. August 31, at 5: And yet nothing alien or foul is introduced to explain the cpup.


My impression is that people here find the movement interesting, even if kohn times only as a foil for their own views. It’s occasionally quite funny, particularly its juxtaposition of our dictator’s carefully considered and employed official state ideology and the population’s complete disinterest in said ideology. August 29, at There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Woolf had a real, piercing love for English literature—she saw herself as a poor inheritor at best—and these books are valentines to her heritage.

Also, the flashbacks in time and space make the plot such as it is hard to follow. It is based on a fake country, but he sure makes it seem real. Up to a point, Lord Copper! In addition to peanuts are grown millet, sorghum, cotton, yams, dates, jonh, and indigo.

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He was also a very charismatic speaker, his diction heavily drenched with anti-West rhetoric that may seem familiar by now to most readers, but was not yet in the mainstream when The Coup was written. Chile is a dump but thhe tends to get good publicity except for extreme left pro-Allende types from the mainstream because Pinochet was a CIA backed stooge and because it aggressively imposed neoliberal economics that’s been good for rentiers.

Proulx Leo Hohmann Lewis H. To the Lighthouse, all but the last section, is a tour de force of English impressionism.

In reality it’s a sort of aestheticism, characterised by craving for something never really exixted, or exists in dreams. Steve, You should consider starting a book club. If the book can be said to have any one flaw, it is that it ends too optimistically…in a manner of speaking. Thus, a British-written book may have lost its British copyright and still have a US copyright.

He’s a technical virtuoso and a true genius but his work is often too difficult to engage. Technically strong writing, but too little heart. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Similarly, I think anyone can enjoy DFW’s magazine pieces while his novels gets a bit esoteric. Even Fitzgerald falls a bit short of the best of the Brits, I’d have to say.


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I rate this book 3 of 5 — GOOD. Annoyed at such ready compliance, which implies pleasure, she stiffens her feet and kicks so her toenails stab his cheek, dangerously near his eyes. Aspiring humorists should read Wodehouse to see how to milk a set piece to death couup super slo-mo.

But somehow the tone never quite works; something always feels off. I did not know then of the rather adult way that he wrote about sex. Nothing in his previous life could have prepared Colonel Hakim Felix Ellellou for his new role as the President of Kush. Ting’ancheti upvike eke nonya ng’ake. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The only thing of Updike’s I’ve read in decades ipdike “The Witches of Eastwick,” which I thought was absolute dreck punctured now and again by a brilliant sentence. All of his work stars people that are transparently just like him. The ultimate South Seas fantasy.

It’s also not much discussed today, probably because its content is just too damn accurate. All public domain by now. If you updoke, I think you might like them and perhaps find some material worth blogging about in them.

The often archaic vocabulary and overly laden sentences are not particularly ‘reader friendly’. The second half of the novel also feels like an intentional allusion to Lolita with its bizarre road trip via camel and disappearing female love interest. Cou; also Udpike omnipresent difficulty with writing female characters who are anything other than shrewish, and the sense especially at the end that he’s making a Big Philosophical Statement, only one veiled behind a layer of irony both of which I find distasteful.