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Rich In Russia (Penguin Mini Modern Classics)

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In these two short stories, Updike’s brilliant observational acuity is matched by a light, comic touch. The writer Henry Bech travels to Europe on a hapless cultural exchange, first to Russia, where he struggles to spend his money when everything – from his meals to his bugged hotel room – is already paid for, and then to Rumania

This book includes Rich In Russia, Foreword,
Paperback, 112 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Penguin Books
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Philip Traum
Aug 11, 2012 Philip Traum rated it liked it
I greatly enjoyed this anthology of travely and adventures of the fictional writer Henry Bech (Upton's alter ego) in a state-sponsored trip in the Soviet Union. The adventures are humorous but in a comical and satirical manner. Another thing which makes this read intresting is how the narration jumps from the notes the author takes during th

Rich in Russia is the story of Henry Bech (supposedly Upton's alter ego) during a state-sponsored travel to the Soviet Union. The reason for this trip as a c
Jan 27, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it
The first story in this büechli, the title story, was fantastic (as was the cantankerous introduction by the man about whom the fictionalized portrait was written). While reading it, I commented to my sister that reading John Updike as an 'aspiring writer' reminds me of having listened to Arturo Sandoval as an aspiring trumpet player. Sandoval isn't the best parallel, because he's a technical wizard with no taste (I would never describe Updike that way though his technique is astonishing); his ...more
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Feb 20, 2013 Mark Easton rated it really liked it
Describing tales of stark cultural exchanges between East and West, Updike writes with determined brilliance but also the same bleak intent portrayed by the stories' woeful protagonist. Cruel, barbed, and bitter to read, the stories are a stark reminder of the ultimate meaningless of civilisation's intellectual endeavours.
Apr 07, 2013 Samuel rated it liked it
A lovely little book.

Confession: I didn't realise Henry Bech was fictional until afterwards, and read Bech's foreword as if it were the real Bech responding. (The description of American writers therein is wonderful.)
Feb 09, 2014 Alix rated it it was ok
I only even sort-of liked the parts that were similar to "Naked Lunch". Won't read again. Not badly written- just not my thing.
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John Hoyer Updike was an American writer. Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and Rabbit Remembered). Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest both won Pulitzer Prizes for Updike. Describing his subject as "the American small town, Protestant middle class," Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, ...more
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