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The Poorhouse Fair: A Novel

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  • Seller:BRILANTI BOOKS
  • Sales Rank:1,273,227
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Pages:176
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.4
  • Dimensions (in):5.4 x 0.5 x 8.2
  • Publication Date:March 13, 2012
  • ISBN:0345468236
  • EAN:9780345468239
  • ASIN:0345468236
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Synopsis
The hero of John Updike’s first novel, published when the author was twenty-six, is ninety-four-year-old John Hook, a dying man who yet refuses to be dominated. His world is a poorhouse—a county home for the aged and infirm—overseen by Stephen Conner, a righteous young man who considers it his duty to know what is best for others. The action of the novel unfolds over a single summer’s day, the day of the poorhouse’s annual fair, a day of escalating tensions between Conner and the rebellious Hook. Its climax is a contest between progress and tradition, benevolence and pride, reason and faith.

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