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Self-Consciousness - 11 edition

Self-Consciousness (ISBN10: 0812982967; ISBN13: 9780812982961)
ISBN13: 978-0812982961
ISBN10: 0812982967

Summary: 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 preci
se, 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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Summary: 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. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 11
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Year Published: 2011
International: No



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