By John Updike
During this, the ultimate quantity in John Updike's mock-heroic trilogy concerning the Jewish American author Henry Bech, our hero is older yet scarcely wiser. Now in his seventies, he is still aggressive, lecherous, and self-absorbed, misplaced in a courageous new literary global the place his books are hyped by means of Swiss-owned conglomerates, showcased in chain shops hooked up to coffee bars, and back to warehouses simply 3 weeks later. In 5 chapters extra startling and surreal than any that experience come ahead of, Bech presides over the yank literary scene, enacts bloody revenge on his critics, and wins the world's such a lot coveted writing prize. It's demanding being Henry Bech within the post-Gutenbergian international, yet anyone has to do it, and he brings to the duty his signature mix of grit, spit, and ennui.
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Professor at Charles University, which was the first university to be established in the Holy Roman Empire, as you know. But what you do not know is that Jan Hus was also a great reformm; of orthography. He succeeded in making j[ marvelously simple. In your language, to write what you pronounce ~tch, ' you must use three letters, t , c, h. four: t, s, c, h. Whereas, thanks to Jan Hus, all we necn in our language is a single letter, c, with that little mark above it. " :rhe scientist leans again over the secretary's table, and in the margin of the list, he writes a c, very big, with an inverte?
She has found tbe 33 pretext for a contrived little anger that will prolong their walk: she has been frank with him, so why has he said not a word about hi. beloved, about the Comtesse? Quick, quick, this calls for discussion! They must talk I The conversation starts up again, and again they move off from the chateau, along a path that, this time, will lead them unobstructed to the clasp of love. 10 As she converses, Madame de T. maps out the territory, sets up the next phase of events, lets her partner know what he should think and how he should proceed.
Rhe scientist leans again over the secretary's table, and in the margin of the list, he writes a c, very big, with an inverte? ciJ'curnflex: C; then he looks into bel' eyes and articulates in a very clear, sha,rp voice: "Teb! " 55 The secretary looks into his eyes too and repeats: "Tch. " "Yes. " "It's really very useful. " "Jan Hus's reform," says the scientist, acting as if he had not heard the French girl 's gaffe, "is not completely unknown. " "No. " "In Lithuania I" "In Lithuania," the secretary repeats, trying vainly to recall where in the world to place that country.