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Stunning and brutally powerful, Falconer tells the story of a man named Farragut, his crime and punishment, and his struggle to remain a man in a universe bent on beating him back into childhood. Only John Cheever could deliver these grand themes with the irony, unforced eloquence, and exhilarating humor that make Falconer such a triumphant work of the moral imagination.
Publisher: New York :, Vintage International,, [1991]
Edition: First Vintage International edition
Copyright Date: ©1991
ISBN: 9780679737865
Branch Call Number: F CHE
Characteristics: 211 pages ; 21 cm


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If this book has some deeper allegorical meaning then it must be over my head. Falconer is just the name of a prison and the whole story is just your standard prison fare. All in all, I would rather reread “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”. It leans less on plot than flowery language and imagery and I guess that’s what impresses awards committees.

The first great writer to write of the jail experience, since Jack London. Maybe you won't ever have to, having read this superior novel..long as you remember to be good (i.e. politically correct). This one might well be compared to Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, it is that good. I remember seeing it on my father's bookshelf, and being impressed by him because of it.

Dec 15, 2013

John "Big Cheev" Cheever is better know for his stories, but he also wrote 5 novels, of which this is the 4th. In a departure form his usual unhappy WASPs plots, this is about a drug addict who kills his brother and is sent to the title jail. I think I should point out that the character is not named Falconer and there are no actual falcons in the book. I thought maybe the prisoner would take up falconry and that would, like, help him. Maybe someone should write that book.

Mar 02, 2013

Drug addicted professor Farrugut goes to prison for fratricide . John Cheever's novel is considered one of Time's top 100 novels. It seemed a bit dated for me as likely it was controversial in it's time but doesn't shock in this day and age.

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