The Centaur

The Centaur

John Updike


WINNER OF THE nationwide booklet AWARD AND THE PRIX DU MEILLEUR LIVRE ÉTRANGER
 
The Centaur is a contemporary retelling of the legend of Chiron, the noblest and wisest of the centaurs, who, painfully wounded but not able to die, gave up his immortality on behalf of Prometheus. within the retelling, Olympus turns into small-town Olinger highschool; Chiron is George Caldwell, a technology instructor there; and Prometheus is Caldwell’s fifteen-year-old son, Peter. Brilliantly conflating the author’s remembered earlier with stories from Greek mythology, John Updike interprets Chiron’s agonized look for aid into the incidents and injuries of 3 iciness days spent in rural Pennsylvania in 1947. the outcome, acknowledged the judges of the nationwide ebook Award, is “a brave and really good account of a clash in presents among an inarticulate American father and his hugely articulate son.”

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