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Memories of the Ford Administration (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 22 Feb 2007

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (22 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141188995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141188997
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 860,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An Engrossingly Clever Novel About Sex And The Presidency." -- Nicholas Von Hoffman



"Quintessential Updike...[A] comic and melancholy reflection on politics and passion." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Compelling...Alf's life and times are light and funny; Buchanan's are dark and serious. Alternating between the two, Mr. Updike entertains and instructs...in gorgeous prose."

-- The Wall Street Journal

"Quintessential Updike . . . [a] comic and melancholy reflection on politics and passion."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Updike has the ability to evoke the micro-epochs that fascinate us. He can bring to life what seem to those of us who have lived them the vital differences between the decades of our lives."--"Chicago Tribune"
"Compelling . . . Alf's life and times are light and funny; Buchanan's are dark and serious. Alternating between the two, Mr. Updike entertains and instructs . . . in gorgeous prose."--"The Wall Street Journal"

Quintessential Updike . . . [a] comic and melancholy reflection on politics and passion. "The New York Times Book Review"
Updike has the ability to evoke the micro-epochs that fascinate us. He can bring to life what seem to those of us who have lived them the vital differences between the decades of our lives. "Chicago Tribune"
Compelling . . . Alf s life and times are light and funny; Buchanan s are dark and serious. Alternating between the two, Mr. Updike entertains and instructs . . . in gorgeous prose. "The Wall Street Journal"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When junior college professor Alfred Clayton is asked to record his impressions of the Ford Administration, he recalls a turbulent piece of personal history as well. In a decade of sexual liberation, Clayton was facing a doomed marriage and the passionate beginnings of a futile affair with an unattainable Perfect Wife. But one memory begets another: Clayton's unfinished book on James Buchanan. In John Updike's fifteenth novel, he masterfully alternates between two men, two lives, two American centuries -- one Victorian, the other modern -- shining an irreverent, witty, and sometimes caustic light on the contrasting views of social fictions and sexual politics. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Historian/teacher Alf Clayton offers his idiosyncratic response to a national survey requesting "memories and impressions" of the administration of Gerald Ford. His very personal response makes up this novel.

It's dazzling stuff. Clayton blends (often idealized) recollections of the Ford years (and their looser morality in terms of his relationships during that era) with excerpts from his unfinished book about James Buchanan (US president 1857-1861). Sounds dull? In fact, it's extremely compelling.

Some of the writing - long, looping sentences that render consciousness brilliantly - is truly astonishing.

A subtle blend of fiction and history (imagined as fiction), this is one of Updike's greatest books. Very funny in places, too. Perhaps only Couples beats it.
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