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Falconer is a 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. In a book review by Kirkus Reviews called Cheever's prose "an amazingly flexible instrument" and summarized the novel as "a strong fix—a statement of the human condition, a parable of salvation.

The surface here glitters and deceives. Causes and effects run deeper. In , Audible. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the John Cheever novel. For the Mary Shelley novel, see Falkner novel. First edition cover Knopf Cover design by R. Scudellari [1]. Kirkus Reviews. March 1, New York Times. Retrieved December 9, Hidden categories: All stub articles.

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Introduction: Falconer by John Cheever

Look Inside. Stunning and brutally powerful, Falconer tells the story of a man named Farragut, his crime and punishment, and his struggle to remain a man in a universe bent on beating him back into childhood. Only John Cheever could deliver these grand themes with the irony, unforced eloquence, and exhilarating humor that make Falconer such a triumphant work of the moral imagination. John Cheever was born in He is the author of seven collections of stories and five novels. A great American novel. Read it and be ennobled.


The demons that drove John Cheever

And while, at first glance, it may seem unlikely that a novel about a drug-addicted man who murders his brother would offer the clearest window into the American man, the family and marriage—the novel effortlessly accomplishes that and captures, in great glory, the pathos, the moral fiber, the twisted sister that America has become to our own history, servant to our most primal and prurient impulses. First published in and showing no signs of age, the story reads as though its author took a deep breath, dipped his quill into the collective inky pots of history, culture, literature and religious thought and then, in a single exhalation, transformed all of it into a nearly perfect tale. Simultaneously devastating and transcendent—it is a celebration of all that is human. Throughout the author artfully plays the comic and tragic off each other, relieving the burden of his true depth with a great guffaw. At the close of Chapter One, Chicken Number Two, a fellow prisoner, tells Farragut, 'There has to be something good at the end of every journey' and that he will have thousands of visitors, including his wife, 'She'll have to come and visit you. She ain't going to be able to divorce you unless you sign the papers and she'll have to bring them here herself.


We are going to visit the stone-ended Dutch Colonial she lived in as a teenager, a house her year-old mother, Mary, still miraculously inhabits. Susan, who is 65, begins our journey with the slightly ragged air of one who has packed for a long trip a little too fast; her ultimate destination is Bennington College, Vermont, where she teaches non-fiction writing. But this doesn't last long. Barely have we left the city than I notice that her face is suffused with a warm, proprietorial glow. Rather to my amazement, she is enjoying our talk, which is all about her father, John Cheever , the great American writer.


It is many years since we left the Steuben glasshouse world that was, so unmistakably, Cheerer country. Via Bullet Park, a gentler, more vulnerable book than this, he introduced his broader and deeper ranging metaphysics of life and death, always in mysterious tandem. They're constants here in Falconer prison where Farragut, , a fratricide and a drug addict, is serving a zip to ten sentence. The drug he really hopes to find is a "distillate of earth, air, water, and fire.

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