Essay John Updike and his novel ‘The Centaur’

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John Updike and his novel ‘The Centaur’

American novelist, poet, essayist and playwright, John Updike belongs to the post-war generation of writers the U.S. They came to literature with university degree and having philological training. The object of his image always was a life of intellectuals; he was well familiar with life and habits of the upper-middle-class. One of the most famous and significant novels of Updike is "Centaur." "Centaur" is a book where for the first time, in English literature - originated reception "semantic complexity."1 This novel has a two-dimensional structure: the common level and the mythological level. But mythological
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It is also worth noting that Peter is an example of an explicit image of the narrator. Despite the lack of self-presentation and the fact that we learn his name only in the second chapter, the constant use of the pronoun "I" indicates this.
But in that novel there are two of the narrators. In several chapters of the novel, where describes imaginary mythical scenes involving George Caldwell, the explicit narrator is absent. Instead there is an objective narrator. He is dissolved in the text, he is impersonal, and he has no name. He is omnipresent. Precisely it is closest to the author, because, despite the fact that the narrator is not involved in the story, he is the author of evaluative judgments about the characters.
For example, wondering about George Caldwell, he says that George was professional in his field and gives him other flattering epithets. Another example, when he described the body of Caldwell as "tall and handsome." From this we can judge about the author's positive attitude to this character.
We should also talk about the time of the narrative. Artistic time [художественное время] is a sequence of events in the specification. Different types of mismatch temporal order of the narrative with a temporary order of story is called anachronism according to Gérard Genette. There are two types of anachrony, but in the novel is only present analepsis. Genette called so any

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