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Daniel, you write above:

Too often he relies on lyricism to raise his subjects to a level of profundity they just can't reach on their own ((…)) too many of the stories are really just excuses for rather cloying reflections on the various aspects of family life


I fully agree with that. It's amazing how Updike sometimes can create blistering dialogue and constellations, and then, one story on, come up with something "lyrical", elegiac, unappealing.

Btw i read Adam Begley's Updike-bio and i think Begley quite likes the lyrical stuff. I don't, and i will try to get some pro-con hints from your essays here to plan which stories actually to read and which ones to skip.

So thanks for your recommendations here.

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