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Self-Consciousness: Memoirs

Authors: Updike, John
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: BIO026000, LCO010000, BIO007000
ISBN: 9780679645801, Related ISBNs: 039457222X, 044921821X, 0517056437, 0679645802, 0812982967
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 272,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: John Updike’s memoirs consist of six Emersonian essays that together trace the inner shape of the life, up to the age of fifty-five, of a relatively fortunate American male. The author has attempted, his Foreword states, “to treat this life, this massive datum which happens to be mine, as a specimen life, representative in its odd uniqueness of all the oddly unique lives in this world.” In the service of this metaphysical effort, he has been hair-raisingly honest, matchlessly precise, and self-effacingly humorous. He takes the reader beyond self-consciousness, and beyond self-importance, into sheer wonder at the miracle of existence.
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