Book: Seek My Face Author: John Updike Price: Hamish Hamilton, ?16.99
John Updike studied art in London as a young man, and although he abandoned his artistic ambitions early on, he never gave up thinking about art. Reviewing exhibitions has been a constant and important part of his prolific output. And Updike, at his best, is capable of conjuring a density of sensual description, a fine-grained intimacy; a literary equivalent to Dutch interior painting.
Description, however, exists in tension with linear narration, and Updike is often criticised for his novels’ meandering plotlessness. Unfazed by such criticisms, his sentences get longer…
Register today to continue reading
You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.
You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.
Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.
Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.
Already a subscriber? Log in here