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John Hoyer Updike was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic. His novel, The Centaur, won the National Book Award in 1964. It is the story of George Caldwell, an aging, self-deprecating high school teacher and his bewildered son Peter, taking place in a small Pennsylvania town. The two end up spending a few days in town when their car breaks down and then there is a blizzard, stranding them for an additional night. The book compares each character to a character in Greek mythology revealing an exploration in storytelling and stylistic variation. The interweaving of classic myth and small town life is absolutely brilliant.
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