Free eBook Falconer download

by John Cheever

Free eBook Falconer download ISBN: 0345273001
Author: John Cheever
Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st Ball Books Ed/4th US Pr March 1978 edition (January 12, 1978)
Language: English
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: Literary
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John Cheever Falconer.

John Cheever Falconer. The main entrance to Falconer-the only entrance for convicts, their visitors and the staff-was crowned by an escutcheon representing Liberty, Justice and, between the two, the sovereign power of government. Liberty wore a mobcap and carried a pike. Government was the federal Eagle holding an olive branch and armed with hunting arrows.

Falconer is a 1977 novel by American short story writer and novelist John Cheever. It tells the story of Ezekiel Farragut, a university professor and drug addict who is serving time in Falconer State Prison for the murder of his brother

Falconer is a 1977 novel by American short story writer and novelist John Cheever. It tells the story of Ezekiel Farragut, a university professor and drug addict who is serving time in Falconer State Prison for the murder of his brother. Farragut struggles to retain his humanity in the prison environment, and begins an affair with a fellow prisoner

We talked about John Cheever's secret bisexuality, his addictions, his teaching in prison, and life in the early 70's for closeted men, when this book takes place.

We talked about John Cheever's secret bisexuality, his addictions, his teaching in prison, and life in the early 70's for closeted men, when this book takes place. We thought his fellow prisoners were well drawn and that his family and wife were a mess. During the discussion, we considered the possibility that some of the more florid writing and perhaps even an event or two were drug-induced (or withdrawal induced) or merely imagined.

The Stories of John Cheever (1978). The World of Apples (1973). The Brigadier and the Golf Widow (1964)

The Stories of John Cheever (1978). The Brigadier and the Golf Widow (1964).

Rome and Paris would be empty of everyone but tourists, and even the Pope would be taking it easy in Gandolfo ilding and cellblock A. He got t. . He got the mower and the gas tank out of the garage and joked with the Mad Dog Killer. He started the motor with a rope pull, which brought on memories of outboard motors on mountain lakes in the long ago. That was the summer when he had learned to water-ski, not at the stern of an outboard, but at the stern of a racer called a Gar-Wood.

Ezekiel Farragut is a college professor, a drug-addict and a murderer

Ezekiel Farragut is a college professor, a drug-addict and a murderer. Locked in Falconer State Penitentiary, he struggles through tormenting visits from his wife, the burden of memory and guilt, and the brutal monotony of his surroundings to retain his humanity, eventually finding the possibility of redemption through an affair with a fellow prisoner. Considered by many to be Cheever's masterpiece, Falconer is a tour de force from one of America's greatest storytellers. Imprint: Vintage Classics.

Redirected from John Chever). John William Cheever (May 27, 1912 – June 18, 1982) was an American novelist and short story writer. He is sometimes called "the Chekhov of the suburbs. His fiction is mostly set in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Westchester suburbs, old New England villages based on various South Shore towns around Quincy, Massachusetts, where he was born, and Italy, especially Rome.

More Books by John Cheever. See All. The Stories of John Cheever. The Journals of John Cheever. The Jewels of the Cabots.

John Cheever, brilliant chronicler of American suburbia led a tortured double life filled with sexual guilt, alcoholism and self-loathing. On the eve of a major new biography, Rachel Cooke travels to his beloved home in upstate New York, and meets his daughter, son and 90-year-old widow.

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Vosho
To me FALCONER is a great American novel, not always easy, but with much to say about the human condition, fueled by the pain of John Cheever's own life.

Ezekiel Farragut was a drug addict and a college professor until he killed his brother. Now he's a drug addict and an inmate in Falconer Correctional Center in upstate New York (think: Sing Sing or Attica). "Farragut, Farragut, why is you a addict?" asks his cell keeper, "Tiny," and this book, much of it told in flashback, attempts to answer why. Now I'm sure some of this book will be unsavory to some readers, part of it involves a homosexual love story, in fact -- but I recommend reading it all anyway. We read ANNA KARENINA or FROM HERE TO ETERNITY and consider the "ugly parts" intrinsic to the story. I think FALCONER deserves the same respect.
Mejora
Outstanding character study, but I won't elaborate because I don't want to influence other readers. Make your own observations, and if necessary remind yourself not to reach easy conclusions when reading literary fiction.

I read Falconer for the first time in 1978, when I was eighteen. I was less confused rereading it this week, and feel more comfortable accepting what I don't know.

I recommend this book to mature readers who look for subtlety.
Zadora
Cheever has a knack for characterization. His writing style reminds me of John Updike's, and indeed, they were contemporaries, both from Massachusetts. This is an ugly story of incarceration. I would have liked to have seen the relationship between the two brothers--Zeke and Eben--developed more than it was. Cheever's characterizations otherwise make the novel a worthwhile read.
MegaStar
This is the odd and fully compelling story of an upper class privileged man who becomes a murderer and drug addict and is sent to prison. The novel is perfectly balanced between action within the prison and multiple flashbacks of the life of Farragut, a rebel college professor with a dysfunctional family of origin. Some might say it is a prison novel but Cheever weaves a masterful tale that takes us back into the past and then pulls us into the present behind the bars of Falconer prison.

There may also be those who would say this is a gay novel for in prison Farragut has a romantic love affair with another married man. But this misses the point that Cheever is trying to make regarding the flexibility of the human condition, the ability to fall in love with those of the same gender or opposite gender, and the way conditions, situations, loneliness and isolation can impact human desire and need.

The characters in Farragut's past are as colorful and entertaining as the odd crowd he meets behind bars giving us the impression that not all nuts are locked up behind bars. Prison is depicted here as a community of sorts with its own norms, values, and power structure. We don't get a contemporary vision of prison from this novel, which would include racial and ethnic warfare, man on man rape, and violence.
Cheever is masterful in his narrative flow which allows us to gradually glimpse into the mind and memory of Farragut and understand his mother, father, older brother, wife, and son. These relationships, sometimes fulfilling and sometimes barren, have helped create the man. We gradually understand Farragut but Cheever never tries to make us like Farragut or take his side against the world. The book is so well written that I flew through it in 6 hours, enjoying the work of a modern literary master.
godlike
At the April 2008 meeting of the NYC LGBT Center Book Discussion Group, we discussed "Falconer" by John Cheever. This was a very popular book. We had a very nice sized group who universally liked or very much liked it.

We talked about John Cheever's secret bisexuality, his addictions, his teaching in prison, and life in the early 70's for closeted men, when this book takes place. We thought his fellow prisoners were well drawn and that his family and wife were a mess. During the discussion, we considered the possibility that some of the more florid writing and perhaps even an event or two were drug-induced (or withdrawal induced) or merely imagined.

If we had any complaint, it was that Cheever is a great short story writer and this novel, especially the last surprising chapter (I'm not going to give it away - just in case someone hasn't read it yet), might have been a little longer. The theme of the novel is redemption, which may be expected in a prison novel, but had some surprising ways of expressing it in "Falconer."