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And while, at first glance, it may seem unlikely that a novel about a drug-addicted man who murders his brother would offer the clearest window into the American man, the family and marriage—the novel effortlessly accomplishes that and captures, in great glory, the pathos, the moral fiber, the twisted sister that America has become to our own history, servant to our most primal and prurient impulses. First published in and showing no signs of age, the story reads as though its author took a deep breath, dipped his quill into the collective inky pots of history, culture, literature and religious thought and then, in a single exhalation, transformed all of it into a nearly perfect tale. Simultaneously devastating and transcendent—it is a celebration of all that is human. Throughout the author artfully plays the comic and tragic off each other, relieving the burden of his true depth with a great guffaw. At the close of Chapter One, Chicken Number Two, a fellow prisoner, tells Farragut, 'There has to be something good at the end of every journey' and that he will have thousands of visitors, including his wife, 'She'll have to come and visit you.

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Falconer by John Cheever. 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 backwards 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 imaginati 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 backwards 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 15th by Vintage first published More Details Original Title. Ezekiel Farragut. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Falconer , please sign up.

Farragut and his fellow professors shot up before classes. I can understand that lots of people used marajuana and acid at the time but heroin? I'm not familiar with that. And not people teaching university classes. What do people know about this? See 1 question about Falconer…. Lists with This Book.

Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Falconer. This is the third fourth time I've read Falconer.

It's a remarkable and perfect novel. It's one sentence following the next of words that are exactly right for the moment they appear on the page, until you get to the most beautiful, hard-earned, elegiac ending of all time. The above might be hyperbole. Not very much hyperbole, though. View all 17 comments. May 01, Kemper rated it liked it Shelves: prison , , famous-books , In fact, it seems pretty dull.

No one gets shivved or shanked. Farragut is a new inmate who was convicted of killing his brother. View all 6 comments. And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? Falconer is a modern fratricide story. The state condemned Cain and sent him to prison.

View 2 comments. A novel of bracing honesty, above all. Cheever's matter-of-fact reporting and his characters are both frank and entirely convincing. I've heard Falconer described as a tale of redemption, but frankly I found little evidence of transformation in Farragut himself.

His libido in particular is remi A novel of bracing honesty, above all. His libido in particular is reminiscent of And though his crime was almost an accident—the consequence, finally realized by chance, of an old but not unusual hostility—there is an off-handed viciousness to his hedonism which can be more disturbing than the events in the prison itself. It's how close he is to us, or to people we know, that makes this book powerful.

Oct 02, Steven Godin rated it really liked it Shelves: america , fiction. I don't often read prison literature, so Cheever's 'Falconer' strikes new ground for me. Just as Ken Kesey went to work in a prison to find an outlet for his vision of an alternative America, Cheever went to his local jailhouse, but the results are startlingly different.

All of Cheever's beautiful obsessions - with addiction, failed marriages and sexy men - come out in this book. Farragut, a university professor and drug addict who is serving time in Falconer State Prison is the central figure o I don't often read prison literature, so Cheever's 'Falconer' strikes new ground for me.

Farragut, a university professor and drug addict who is serving time in Falconer State Prison is the central figure of the novel, he is an otherworldly guy for whom life has been a series of seminars and skiing trips. Confronted with himself in prison, and with plenty of empty time on his hands, he accepts his bisexuality and in real rhapsodic style embraces another inmate.

Cheever captures the sordidness and loveliness of American life with wit, elegance and charm, but we are always reminded of the hell of doing time. Cheever leads us through a series of bizarre scenarios to Farragut's eventual redemption. Cheever is masterful in his narrative flow which allows us to gradually glimpse into the mind and memory of Farragut and understand his mother, father, older brother, wife, and son. These relationships, sometimes fulfilling and sometimes barren, have helped create the man.

We gradually understand Farragut but Cheever never tries to make us like Farragut or take his side against the world. It is a novel that is literally lit up with the author's total honesty and authenticity easily making him one of America's greatest storytellers.

He stops drinking. He writes what I think is his best book [Falconer, a novel about a drug addict, serving time for the murder of his brother, who has an affair with another prisoner ]. He became the man he meant to be. Feb 14, Flora rated it it was ok Shelves: novels , not-so-much. It was inevitable, I suppose, that Cheever write a prison novel a compelling prospect, theoretically , but aside from some moments of wonderful prose, this story of an incarcerated heroin addict wallowing in the pleasurable humiliations of jailhouse eroticism came off as banal, even callow.

Instead of orienting the novel firmly in its setting, the prison -- the titular Falconer -- feels more like a pretext than a context, and the characters never really emerge from their arid, rambling monologu It was inevitable, I suppose, that Cheever write a prison novel a compelling prospect, theoretically , but aside from some moments of wonderful prose, this story of an incarcerated heroin addict wallowing in the pleasurable humiliations of jailhouse eroticism came off as banal, even callow.

Instead of orienting the novel firmly in its setting, the prison -- the titular Falconer -- feels more like a pretext than a context, and the characters never really emerge from their arid, rambling monologues.

Maybe it's an unfair comparison, but "Oz" knocks this one out of the park with its rich characterization, wicked humor, and scary-hot life-on-the-edge-of-death sex and terror. View all 3 comments. Jun 21, Rachel rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction. Saul Bellow called Falconer elegant, pure, and indispensable. John Updike said it gives us back our humanity. Newsweek calls it a masterpiece.

I would also like to sum it up just as succinctly, but I don't know how to spell that farting noise you can make with your armpit. Ezekial Farragut is a wealthy upper-class heroin addict imprisoned in Falconer Prison for killing his brother.

The narrative shifts back and forth between the day-to-day realities of prison life which seem to aim for Kafkaesq Saul Bellow called Falconer elegant, pure, and indispensable. The narrative shifts back and forth between the day-to-day realities of prison life which seem to aim for Kafkaesque but land on cliched and Farragut's internal monologue, which is both self-pitying and deadly dull.

I don't have much else to say about it, since I can't remember the last time I was so unengaged by a novel. I give it two stars for the elegance of the prose, but grudgingly. Aug 19, Darwin8u rated it it was amazing Shelves: aere-perennius , There is something both unsettling and beautiful about this compact Cheever novel. A novel of punishment and redemption, Falconer is also a story of addiction, of confinement, of an introspective man moving from his isolated past to his very human present.

It is hard to compare Cheever's style to anyone, but there were moments where I felt I was floating in the same literary river as O'Connor, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, and Percy. His prose is amazing, his imagination is sharp, and the depth of his so There is something both unsettling and beautiful about this compact Cheever novel.

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Introduction: Falconer by John Cheever

It is many years since we left the Steuben glasshouse world that was, so unmistakably, Cheerer country. Via Bullet Park, a gentler, more vulnerable book than this, he introduced his broader and deeper ranging metaphysics of life and death, always in mysterious tandem. They're constants here in Falconer prison where Farragut, , a fratricide and a drug addict, is serving a zip to ten sentence. The drug he really hopes to find is a "distillate of earth, air, water, and fire. The Valley, for instance, is a urinal trough where you really go to relieve other needs unless you've turned homosexual. Farragut is briefly drawn to Jody, indicted on 53 counts, Jody who talks and listens in his abandoned water tower—his own private treehouse. But in spite of the physical solace Jody provides, Farragut is alone with his thoughts or dreams or memories.

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Look Inside. 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. John Cheever was born in He is the author of seven collections of stories and five novels. A great American novel. Read it and be ennobled.

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