by John Cheever

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307760715
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/26/2010
Series: Vintage International
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 336,513
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

John Cheever was born in 1912. He is the author of seven collections of stories and five novels. He won the National Book Award for The Wapshot Chronicle and the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for The Stories of John Cheever. He also received the Howells Medal for Fiction and the National Medal for Literature. He died in 1982.

Date of Birth:

May 27, 1912

Date of Death:

June 18, 1982

Place of Birth:

Quincy, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Ossining, New York


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Falconer is splendid. It is rough, it is elegant, it is pure. It is also indispensable, if you earnestly desire to know what is happening to the human soul in the U.S.A.

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Falconer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In his early middle age, after three novels and scads of short stories in magazines like the New Yorker, Cheever produced his masterpiece: a work about a married-but-homosexual heroin addict who shot his brother and is now in prison, most of the plot related in flashback. 'Farragut, Farragut, why is you an addict?' asks his guard, rhetorically, and the flashbacks give us insight into his life. The writing is luminous yet very accessible. As in all Cheever works, a heady blend of comedy and tragedy are at work, or to use the $10 words, satire and pathos. I think the reader who is willing to put aside his/her notions of good taste and tackle this book will be handsomely rewarded.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Refreshing to read literature and not a book pumped out following a formula. Excellent read.
TN1796 More than 1 year ago
This was my first read of John Cheever, known for his stories of suburban ennui. This book takes it to the extreme, the first-person story of a professor who finds himself in stir, convicted of the murder of his brother. Ezekiel "Zeke" Farragut tries to hold on to his humanity in prison, even having an affair with one of the other inmates. What is most striking is the ways that he finds what is important by losing it all. In this process of being stripped down to his essence does Farragut become compelling, which is the element that makes this a worthwhile read.
dayends on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One man's experience of a continuing drug habit and the experience of facing his own thoughts, memories and dreams inside 'Falconer' prison. An easy to read, hard to put down, darkly humorous book.
TheBentley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I vastly prefer Cheever in his "suburban dystopia" mode (and I love him so much in that mode that I may have had very inflated hopes for this novel). It is actually a very good novel--especially when viewed as a dark allegory for American culture (suburban America, in particular). It is not, however, what you would call bright and uplifting. Dark, but pure quality.
icolford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Falconer, John Cheever's best novel, is nothing less than a 20th-century classic, a story of human failure and human redemption by one of the best fiction writers in American literature. Ezekiel Farragut arrives at Falconer prison, convicted of murdering his brother, Ebenezer. Farragut, a college professor, an intellectual, and a drug addict, has methodically cut himself off from the people in his life. He is selfish, nacissistic, aloof, egotistical in the extreme, and devoted to one thing: feeding his own appetites. But when forced into close quarters with society's dregs, he rebuilds emotional connections and frees himself of the bonds that have confined him to a prison of his own making. Miraculous things happen in these pages and Cheever sometimes strains the limits of narrative credibility. But in some ways reading Falconer is itself an act of faith because Farragut's story is transcendent and for all time. Essential reading.
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