Thursday, February 17, 2011
Well, if you must commit the artistic indecency of writing about a writer, better I suppose about me that about you."
-- Bech: A Book by John Updike.
This is from the fictitious forward by Henry Bech, hero of Updike's novel-in-short-stories. The stories, published between 1965 and 1970, tell of the exploits of an American novelist. This is the first of a trilogy, followed by Bech is Back and Bech at Bay.
So far, this isn't like anything else I've read by Updike. Bech seems more like a Saul Bellow hero. I am enjoying the book tremendously.