Falconer

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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.

In a nightmarish prison a convict named Farragut--a professor, drug addict, and a ...

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Overview

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.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Cheever's triumph.... A great American novel." —Newsweek

"One of the most important novels of our time.... Read it and be ennobled." —The New York Times

"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 U.S.A." —Saul Bellow

"One of our truly fine writers.... The novel proceeds directly on its course, taking the reader along with it.... Moving and excellent." —The Washington Post

Charles McGrath
....Falconer seems to be a conventional novel of crime, punishment and redemption. -- The New York Times Books of the Century
John Gardner
A masterpiece…an extraordinary work of art.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679737865
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: Vintage International Series
  • Edition description: First Vintage International edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 532,408
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Cheever
A master of the short story, John Cheever helped make the New Yorker's fiction section a reliably good read from the 1950s up until his death in the early '80s. Often featuring unhappy, upper-middle-class characters, Cheever depicted the underside of living well with an unwavering eye.

Biography

John Cheever, best known for his short stories dealing with upper-middle-class suburban life, was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1912. Cheever published his first short story at the age of seventeen. He was the recipient of a 1951 Guggenheim Fellowship and winner of a National Book Award for The Wapshot Chronicle in 1958, the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Stories of John Cheever, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and an American Book Award. He died in 1982, at the age of seventy.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      May 27, 1912
    2. Place of Birth:
      Quincy, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      June 18, 1982
    2. Place of Death:
      Ossining, New York
    1. Education:
      Thayer Academy

Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2001

    Not for nothing has this book been called a 'Great American Novel'

    In his early middle age, after three novels and scads of short stories in magazines like the New Yorker, Cheever produced his masterpiece: a work about a married-but-homosexual heroin addict who shot his brother and is now in prison, most of the plot related in flashback. 'Farragut, Farragut, why is you an addict?' asks his guard, rhetorically, and the flashbacks give us insight into his life. The writing is luminous yet very accessible. As in all Cheever works, a heady blend of comedy and tragedy are at work, or to use the $10 words, satire and pathos. I think the reader who is willing to put aside his/her notions of good taste and tackle this book will be handsomely rewarded.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Map

    Result One: Map <br> Result Two: Main Camp <br> Result Three: High Branch <br> Result Four: Medicine Den <br> Result Five: Leader's Den <br> Result Six: Warriors Den <br> Result Seven: Apprentice Den <br> Result Eight: Nursery <br> Result Nine: Bios <br> ~Shadowstar~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    PheonixKit

    Name: PheonixKit<p>


    Gender: &female<p>


    Mate/crush/kits: V.V i am a kit.<p>


    Prsonality: get to know me.<p>


    Looks: redish colored soft fluffy kit fur. Deep blue eyes.<p>


    Theme song: Just give me a reason by Pink, white flag by dido, or Our song by matchbox 20.<p>


    Other rps: Silvervine of darkclan, ivycrystal of ashclan, blazing of distantpack and calmpack, striking of distantpack, darkheart of revo, and many more.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    Falconstar's Biography

    Name: Falconstar <>
    Age: 15 moons
    Gender: She-Cat
    Mate: None
    Crush: None
    Kits: Pheonixkit (Adopted)
    Dicription: She is a short-haired brown tabby she-cat with red eyes.
    Personality: Kind, Loving, Strong, Brave, Loyal, Short-Tempered.
    History: Just Ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Grace

    Fu<_>ck yewwwwww. *Climbs upon chur back.*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Falcon's bio

    Name: Falcon-Age: Unknown.-Likes: Gummy worms/Bears-Dislikes: Muffins. (Put one near me and I'll bit<3>ch smack you...)-Loves: Horror-Hates: Stupidity, and Newbs-Enjoys: Being social. ^~^-Personality: I will try and befriend you. Never upset me. Or. You. Will. SUFFA!!!!!!-Looks: A brown tweed jacket. Black jeans. Scars from attacking back in Bloodhound. White sneakers. Hazel eyes. And brown hair.-History: I once was the leader of a bane of assassins called 'Bloodhound'. Then we were seperated by another, larger group called 'Electros'. The rest I'd prefer to keep to me.-Skills: Acrobatics, Shooting, and spying.-Weapons: A silver dagger. Two pistols. And a Scythe.-Friends: Everyone! :3-Crush: You all probably know. If not. TO BAD! >:3-Favorite word: Meh-Godly parents: Unknown-Powers: Cloning, Morphing, and summong certain types of creatures. Mainly mythical. THE END! >:D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    To Falconworks350

    Dedlox is in the skyarmy and skydoesminecrsfts friend

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Wavelength

    She padded over to her freshkll pile ad took a plump vole. She began eating it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Duskflame

    The black she-wolf with fire orange eyes watches the area looking for some more wolves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Freerunner

    Here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    O below

    Ok. Well in real life he is my cuz. No lie

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Falconpaw

    Yeah...and theyll not be as sweet as you...pads back to camp anyways

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    May i join

    Im Blazepelt. I would like to be deputy or warrior if that is ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Firehunters need members

    To join search bottle third result

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Scatterkit

    Tumbke out of the medicen den and tovthe fresh kill pile

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Snowbird to Flightsong

    I just got here so i have no idea who were suposed to fight besides Hollyclaw.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    A baby

    A baby boy crawls in and starts crying

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Geckoleaf

    I give the wounded cats cobwebs and poppyseeds. "Just ignore them now," l mew. "You need to heal." I pad out, a black cat following silently.+Geckoleaf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Join fernclan

    At zebra first result

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Skyleap

    YO! MOVE YO FAT HAUNCHES OVA!! *a slender white cat with eyes tha reflected the sky pounces in. she has a golden chain with the letters SKY on the end studded with diamonds and a bright neon orange hat turned sideways tha is too big for her on her head, slightly lopsided. One ear sticks out from underneath* X3 SUP KIDDIES???? SKY IN DA HOUSE!

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