O lună de duminici (2020)

O lun de duminici John Updike cunoscut publicului rom nesc dup cartea sa Centaurul tradus n rom ne te acum dou zeci de ani este printre scriitorii cei mai notorii n Statele Unite ale Americii A scris mai mult de d
  • Title: O lună de duminici
  • Author: John Updike
  • ISBN: 9781602571563
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • John Updike, cunoscut publicului rom nesc dup cartea sa Centaurul, tradus n rom ne te acum dou zeci de ani este printre scriitorii cei mai notorii n Statele Unite ale Americii A scris mai mult de 50 de c r i i a primit numeroase distinc ii, precum The National Book Award i Pullitzer Prize Updike are reputa ia rar de a fi un scriitor pe placul publicului larg i nJohn Updike, cunoscut publicului rom nesc dup cartea sa Centaurul, tradus n rom ne te acum dou zeci de ani este printre scriitorii cei mai notorii n Statele Unite ale Americii A scris mai mult de 50 de c r i i a primit numeroase distinc ii, precum The National Book Award i Pullitzer Prize Updike are reputa ia rar de a fi un scriitor pe placul publicului larg i n acela i timp pre uit n mediile academicii i de critica literar n romanul O lun de duminici, John Updike aduce n prim plan un personaj obsedant reverendul Tom Marshfield un dandy cult, senzual, fermec tor ale c rui aventuri cu doamnele frumoase scandalizeaz ntreaga parohie n afar de umorul extraordinar i de stilul care l a f cut celebru pe Updike, cartea mai are un atu, acela unui subiect aproape tabu, rar atins de literatur.
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    1. Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with than it brings There is SEX in this book There is ADULTERY in this book There is PEEPING in this book OMG there is also GOLF in this book which with its phallic clubs, balls, and holes is also baffling about SEX We meet Reverend Thomas Marshfield in the pages of his confessional writings from his incarceration in a country club for fallen priests and ministers where he is being punish by playing GOLF and POKE HER with his fellow detain [...]

    2. A Month of Sundays, John Updike s Unreliable Gospel According to Thomas MarshfieldMeet Thomas Marshfield, a Christian Minister tending to a flock somewhere back East, above and beyond the pale of Ministry, especially where his female congregants are concerned Here is a contemporary Doubting Thomas, on a Sabbatical of sorts He is, short of being de frocked, sent to a desolate motel, located in the desert, a program for ministers who have, shall we say problems regarding human frailty.Thomas conte [...]

    3. Alicia in bed was a revelation At last I confronted as in an ecstatic mirror my own sexual demon In such a hurry we did not always take time to remove socks and necklaces and underthings that clung to us then like shards or epaulettes, we would tumble upon her low square bed Where do the priests guilty of sin of adultery and fornication go No, they don t go to hell, they go to a remote retreat for recreation, contemplation of their sinful past and to take a rest from their tedious sins And there [...]

    4. I hadn t read any Updike for years, the premise of this one was appealing a promiscuous priest, sent away to consider the conflict between his sexual shenanigans and his faith , it was only 2.99 on a charity stall, and I don t have to like the protagonist to like a book, but this I didn t enjoy it 2 It was well written in many ways 3 , but Tom was just too unpleasant I tried make allowances for different s, but whereas his misogyny and homophobia would be understandable in a Victorian, this is s [...]

    5. a month of Sundays a cross between winter light grim bergman movie about a priest who loses his faith and hot and saucy pizza girls 70s porno from some kind of desert sanitarium for holy men gone bad, reverend marshfield writes a memoir about his days of preaching fucking and sucking one sees where updike was going with all this, but he never gets there The anguish and frustration is occasionally felt, but for the most part, one imagines the author at his type writer with half wood, a smirk, and [...]

    6. Having just finished Updike s four Rabbit novels, I wanted to try something else by this author Priced at 25 cents at a used book store, A Month of Sundays appeared out of the blue, so why not I read about 20 pages yesterday, and was ready to throw it in the garbage The writing seemed ponderously affected with a bit of sex thrown in perhaps the result of a contest entitled something like Bad Nabokov So I read the most recent five reviews here on , and they averaged three stars, all the way from [...]

    7. This took a while to read It s a hard read morally, and I was wary to enjoy it too much If you did not finish this book for moral reasons I find that commendable something I usually don t for a book I think in the end, Updike was playing with us a bit He turns the table on you, dear reader in this novel, especially in the last chapter He tricks us to think we are observing, only finding out later we are participating By taking advantage of our propensity for the salacious, he gives us time to re [...]

    8. I re read this one probably 20 years after I first read it thanks to a friend calling it undisguised, misogynistic erotica for male clergy I strongly disagreed with her, but then said that I would re read it and then we could talk I have to admit I no longer find it quite so powerful a read as I once did Yet it was the 70s when Updike wrote this one, and that was an era in which the church had kind of lost the compass in terms of any kind of a healthy perspective on sexuality and maybe when it [...]

    9. Imagine Lionel Messi, alone in a gym, with just a ball.I don t doubt his skills would be sublime, captivating indeed teetering tantalisingly upon the very limits of believability.But probably only watchable for about ten minutes.Keepy uppy lacks the narrative of a competitive match.This is probably why it s not a globally televised sport, while soccer is.For Messi and ball, substitute Updike and typewriter.Bring on A Month of Sundays.And, voila wordy uppy A crueller critic might say assy uppy As [...]

    10. Had not read any Updike in quite a while so very much enjoyed this one All of the typical WASP y male adulterous angst and this time of a preacher Not sure JU ever even told us what kind of preacher, but a protestant one who has gotten in trouble for sleeping with women in his flock under the watchful eye of his wife and the associate pastor He writes these lines from a camp for men of God who have been bad that is perhaps in either New Mexico or Arizona most likely the latter I don t remember t [...]

    11. John Updike s prose, is concisely written, carefully crafted, is poetry in another form This novel describes a fallen world that continues to be guided by Christian belief Life is not always a pretty place, but there remain moments of redemption in it, always.

    12. Highly memorable, for its clever, goatish, and irreverent protagonist Written in epistolary form, a conceit I find hard to resist.

    13. This can t ever become a movie because the church would burn it down but it s a hilarious and perfect little book.Tom is a minister who is very introspective and very open to sleeping with his congregation.The best part of course is the way Updike captures emotion and dialogue and human interaction no gloss on these characters but not too much self pity either.Just regular people trying to make sense of the world.Finished it and left it in Wisconsin with a friend

    14. I am not a religious person and so I wasn t sure if I would be able to take much from this story of a minister who has had affairs with multiple members of his congregation and is sent to a desert retreat after being asked to step aside The minister, in the form of writing a narrative as part of his recuperation, details the acts that have led to him being relieved of his post However, he also struggles with the internal loss of faith, or at least change in his understanding of faith, which led [...]

    15. This story of a minister in rehab for what now might be called sexual addiction doesn t quite work for me as a whole but I love many of the parts I could have done without the excursions into golf and poker The details of sexual escapades, typically of Updike, are a tad sordid But there are some wonderful quotes such as these In general the churches, visited by me too often on weekdays when the custodian was moving the communion table like a packing case, and sweeping the chewing gum wrappers th [...]

    16. I read this years ago and wanted to reread the novel to see if I would enjoy now.Updike s word play is marvelous, but the book runs toward the turgid, with esoteric theological bouts featuring Tillich and Barth among others , and paragraphs in French untranslated from Pascal E.g Dear Tillich, great amorous jellyfish, whose faith was a recession of beyonds with these two flecks in one or another pane a sense of the world as theonomous , and a sense of something unconditional within the mind Kant [...]

    17. After striving to reach the pinnacle of bookish prestige which included a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1959 and a National Book Award for The Centaur , Updike opted to indulge his less sober minded self with this arch and witty first person narrative from the perspective of a man who shares Humbert Humbert s literary, if not sexual, tendencies Indeed, A Month of Sundays nods to Nabokov in its delight in puns, wordplay, mental calisthenics, and self confessional musings, while still featuring the dom [...]

    18. Just wasn t my cuppa tea I was given this book and figured I d read it, If for no other reason than to read another book from John Updike I found it to be a plodding slow, unusually boring book The best parts were the scenes describing the clothing of the early 1970 s I lived through that, so I could elicit a giggle every now and then.

    19. At times engaging and funny, but at other times dull and forced There are bits of word play and turns of phrases that are exactly what I enjoy so much in Updike s Rabbit novels, but there were other sections where the epistolary style was just a chore to read If this had been my first Updike I probably wouldn t be rushing to start a second.

    20. It s slyly funny and welletty dirty You don t read many books describing Reverends like this one Updike really reaches for the ultimate lecherous protestant minister and I think he succeeds Other reviewers have mentioned this book as a kind of Nabokov homage and I agree.

    21. I ve abandoned three books since I became a serious reader in college A Confederacy of Dunces, All the Pretty Horses and now this.This was my first experience with Updike, who as I understand it is something of a controversial figure From what I ve gathered, some say he is one of the best American writers ever, some say he used a fancy prose style to say comparatively little.I guess I fall in that second camp I got 20 pages through this book and couldn t bear another page I make it a point to tr [...]

    22. It s a fun book, bursting with language that is impossibly beautiful at points The issue is that the language lacks control and didnt take me anywhere new or special It s a book centered around moments that aren t actual moments but distractions and, at its worst, filler It s a short book that is actually way shorter when you realize how much of it is just fucking around It s a peculiar, flawed almost gem If all you re in it for is Updike s masterful writing, you ll be happy and I was happy read [...]

    23. I did not finish the book Updike writes well but after several chapters, I got really tired of reading about the sex life of the main character Yawn Life s too short so on I went to read some Didion.

    24. 2.5 stars for me I enjoyed the language of Updike s writing but the book s subject and his obsession with himself and his sexual being just wasn t to my liking I read about 1 3 of it and just had to move on.

    25. Letto in italiano, col titolo Un mese di domeniche , nella traduzione di Attilio Veraldi.Veramente, non sono riuscita a finirlo.

    26. A Combination of Sexuality and ReligionA Month of Sundays by John UpdikeFawcett Book, 1976 In the midst of the sexual revolution Updike came out with A Month of Sundays which touched highly on the subject of sexuality Yet, Updike delves into the world of religion even with Reverend Tom Marshfield as the protagonist Religion and sexuality collide in the life of Tom when he begins his sexual escapades While these two subjects are handled with wit and a play on words there is a seriousness in the [...]

    27. Not one of Updike s best Apparently, one of Paul Westerberg s favorites Not sure why Could it be the flashy writing style The sermons The sexy stuff Updike s specialty The golf and poker stuff Who knows

    28. A Month of SundaysA novel by John UpdikeWhen A Month of Sundays was released in 1974, it spent 4 months on the New York Times Best Sellers List With its humours tone and perspective on the intersection of sex and religion in a Christian context it must have danced on the edge and even stepped over the line, of political correctness , for its time Since the release of A Month of Sundays, we ve been drowned by a tsunami of sexual indiscretions committed by religious leaders The fictional actions o [...]

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