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Falconer, John Cheever, Fiction, General

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Item Specifics - Books ISBN : 0394410718
Author : JOHN CHEEVER
7.80 4802936 FICTION, GENERAL* Author: JOHN CHEEVER Title: FALCONER Product ID: 000383 ISBN: 0394410718 Binding: Hardcover Edition: First Edition Publisher: ALFRED A KNOPF, 1977 Place of Publication: Date Publishe
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FICTION, GENERAL*
Author:
JOHN CHEEVER
Title:
FALCONER

Product ID: 000383

ISBN: 0394410718
Binding:
Hardcover
Edition:
First Edition
Publisher:
ALFRED A KNOPF, 1977
Place of Publication:

Date Published:
1977-02-12
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Book Condition:
Good
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$0.01


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Hard Cover. Good/Good. 4 PRINTING. Ex-Library. 211 PAGES. The hero of Falconer, murder convict Ezekiel Farragut, strikes me as an utterly postmodern man. He lack the primitive valuation of taboo, nor are his actions disciplined by the (early) modern understanding of will. Instead, he succumbs to his desires, most especially his craving for heroin, but also for sex in any form, including homosexual frivolity in the prison. He is a sort of deranged Nietzschean ubermensch, actively disregarding convention and humanity while he at the same time thinks himself a moral man. The plight of Farragut failed to make an impression on me, surely he is a man who deserves to be imprisoned. Even his wife's self-absorbed lamentations evoke sympathy once we fully understand the extent of his depravity and his willingness to set the world on fire if necessary to get his fix. 'Farragut, why is you an addict', asks the guard, and while we understand that Farragut must have lived through a surreal childhood, it still remains that his addiction is mostly the result of his wanting to be an addict, without even trying to live in society on society's terms. The most interesting aspect of this book is that Farragut's complete alienation from society and its norms seem to describe in an exaggerated way the same problems most people struggle with in advanced industrial societies. Society has become complex and fragmented, and many of us are unable to find a life situation where we can handle the meaninglessness and loneliness of it all. We resort to drugs, alcohol, recreational sex, fundamentalist religon or trash tv to escape from the burden of trying to figure it all out. This was my first John Cheever novel, and I was very impressed with the fluidity and elegance of his prose. He seems to have a style which is his own, and it makes for an enjoyable read.

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