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I didn't particularly care for Terrorist, though I give all credit to Updike for daring to write it.

If it IS minor Updike - and it's too soon to call - then the intensity (and animosity) of the criticism reflects unresolved yet personal interpretations of the events Terrorist examines. It's a dispute about Updike's appropriation of - and interpretation of - something that belongs intensely (and ludicrously) to others.

How dare a chronicler of suburban adulterous angst, whose glib verbal faculty we resent to start, write a novel on the most important issues of our time.

And Bloom? Feh.

Roy Rubin

C Hitchens's has a first rate mind. You'd be mistaken to think it isn't Dan. My one disagreement with him is not your complaint; he is blind to the certain failure of his early love though it is distant to him now: The Left! And his hatred of Religion is too telling.

Updike, hmmm, difficult sentences slows reading pace. It’s not deep, Joycean or lyrical. Hard too explain. He does write good golf!

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