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Endpoint and Other Poems - Unabridged Selections

John Updike

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Description:

A stunning collection of poems that John Updike wrote during the last seven years of his life and put together only weeks before he died for this, his final book. The opening sequence, "Endpoint," is made up of a series of connected poems written on the occasions of his recent birthdays and culminates in his confrontation with his final illness. He looks back on the boy that he was, on the family, the small town, the people, and the circumstances that fed his love of writing, and he finds endless delight and solace in "turning the oddities of life into words." "Other Poems" range from the fanciful (what would it be like to be a stolen Rembrandt painting? he muses) to the celebratory, capturing the flux of life. A section of sonnets follows, some inspired by travels to distant lands, others celebrating the idiosyncrasies of nature in his own backyard. For John Updike, the writing of poetry was always a special joy, and this final collection is an eloquent and moving testament to the life of this extraordinary writer. Photograph of John Updike © Jill Krementz

Language:

English

Narrators:

Charles McGrath

Length:

58m


Chapters

Free Sample

00:40

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:42


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:37


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

00:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

00:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

00:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:21


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

00:55


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

00:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

00:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:37


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:55


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

00:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:11


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

00:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

00:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

01:31


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

00:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

00:54


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

00:47


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

00:52


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:00


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

00:55


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:34