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Home John Updike In the Beauty of the Lilies. At the moment when Mary Pickford fainted, the Reverend Clarence Arthur Wilmot, down in the parsonage of the Fourth Presbyterian Church at the corner of Straight Street and Broadway, felt the last particles of his faith leave him.

Home John Updike In the Beauty of the Lilies. He was a tall, narrow-chested man of forty-four, with a drooping sand-colored mustache and a certain afterglow of masculine beauty, despite a vague look of sluggish unhealth.

John Updike's seventeenth novel begins in 1910, and traces God's relation to four . The novel ends in 1990, in Lower Branch, Colorado, and on television

John Updike's seventeenth novel begins in 1910, and traces God's relation to four generations of an American family, beginning with Clarence Wilmot, a Presbyterian clergyman in Paterson, New Jersey. He loses his faith, and becomes an encyclopedia salesman and a motion-picture addict. The remainder of Clarence's family moves to the small town of Basingstoke, Delaware, where his cautious son, Teddy, becomes a mailman. The novel ends in 1990, in Lower Branch, Colorado, and on television. Taking its title from the "Battle-Hymn of the Republic, " In the Beauty of the Lilies spins one saga, one wandering tapestry thread, of the American Century.

This is the Updike of the Rabbit books, who can take you uphill and down with his grace of vision, his gossamer . John Updike is a masterful writer.

John Updike is a masterful writer.

In the Beauty of the Lilies is a 1996 novel by John Updike. It takes its title from a line of the abolitionist song "The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Beginning in 1910 and ending in 1990, the novel covers four generations of the Wilmot family, tying its fortunes to both the decline of the Christian faith and the rise of Hollywood in twentieth century America

The book's scope is grand

The book's scope is grand. It follows in intricate detail the pulses and patterns of an entire family through four generations, giving us not just a powerful look at the evolution of the family, but of the country in which they live. A door stopper of a book that I kept ploughing through as the author was none other than John Updike (branding helps!); and after ploughing through the first 50 pages, I’m glad I stayed. The novel covers four generations and the middle 80 years of the 20th century in America.

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John Updike was popular for many of his previous books but he rose to. .The other three novels of the series are a continuation of Rabbit’s life story.

John Updike was popular for many of his previous books but he rose to great eminence with his novel ‘Rabbit Run’ that was published in 1960. This book gave birth to one of the most famed American characters of the 20th century; Harry (Rabbit) Angstrom. His story starts in high school where he was appreciated as a terrific basketball player. The events that unfold bring him to a dead end job at the age of 26 and he had given up on life. They are ‘Rabbit Redux’ (1971), ‘Rabbit is Rich’ (1981) and ‘Rabbit at Rest’ (1990). Rabbit is Rich’ won him the ‘Pulitzer Prize’ in 1982.

It is one of John Updike's fullest and finest work of fiction. Taking its title from the "Battle Hymn of the Republic", IN THE BEAUTY OF THE LILIES traces one family's profound journey through four generations-and across the spiritual landscape of twentieth-century America

It is one of John Updike's fullest and finest work of fiction. Taking its title from the "Battle Hymn of the Republic", IN THE BEAUTY OF THE LILIES traces one family's profound journey through four generations-and across the spiritual landscape of twentieth-century America. It is one of John Updike's fullest and finest work of fiction.

Through four generations--from Clarence Wilmot, a lapsed minister--turned-encyclopedia salesman, in 1910, to the present day--one family pursues the American obsession with God and the unreal world of the motion picture

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Corgustari
In the Beauty of the Lilies by John Updike explores ideology and the intense effects of releasing beliefs as well as clinging to them. Updike drops the reader into the life of the Wilmot family and follows the family through four generations of belief and life demonstrating the strong effects of society on belief and belief on society. In the Beauty of the Lilies pulled me into the middle of the Wilmot family making me feel invested in their decisions even when I didn't particularly like a character in a given moment. His characters are deeply flawed individuals who also exhibit admirable qualities. There's a sense of watching human strength and human frailty battle each other in the internal workings of the characters as well as in their interactions with one another. Updike writes in a prose that feels like it inhabits his characters and their lives with page after page that strike the moods and attitudes of the character whose point of view is front and center. In the Beauty of the Lilies demonstrates clearly the ripple effect of our actions not only through the present but also into the future as consequences pass from one generation to the next.
anonymous
Updike is a wonderful writer. I think this is the great American novel covering most of the 1900's and the three generations of one family. The first section is about a minister who loses his faith and tries to get out of the ministry (a priceless scene at the religious headquarters). It might be off-putting to some people because he was very well educated and there is much intellectual name dropping, but just ignore it and plow on. The second section is about two of his sons, one who has no direction but who is skilled at being happy, and another son that is very ambitious only to make money. The third generation includes a film star and a hippie. It ends in headlines with a bang.
ladushka
this is the first john updike book i've ever read, selected for our book club in memory of his passing. i wasn't sure what to expect and was absolutely bored after about 100 pages. but then everything slowly began to fall into place, like the master painter who's first few strokes are incoherent, confusing; and then something beautiful emerges and wins you over. i was completely dazzled by his descriptions of character, landscape, stunned how so much could be written so clearly, giving me a vision of this world he was creating.

this book is basically about a history of a family, given through each person's viewpoint, beginning at the dawn of the 20th century and ending at its close. it uses film as a marvelous tool to provide this history along with religion serving as a symbol of conflict or salvation within each generation. his characters are given depth, most assuredly that of hollywood actress.

fascinating, classic writing, i found it refreshing to discover an old master.
Lianeni
There were four parts (generations) to the novel. The first two parts were excellent. The quality started fading in the third part and the fourth part was almost unreadable...and predictable and boring.
Faezahn
This novel is so well written, I never finish reading it. I have to put it down and be amazed, The characters are so well developed, even if the time period is not your cup of tea or the life of a minister is not your forte. You can read THIS! And do!
Miromice
A great read as pure entertainment. But if you are having doubts in your faith, you'll find it very intriguing.
Hirah
John Updike is a masterful writer. This novel, covering four generations of a family, starts with a powerful, moving, credible account of a minister struggling with his loss of faith. As one who has also lost his faith, I found this account credible.
The syntax and verbage was overly elaborate and stilted. It was a hard read but still had some entertainment value
In the Beauty of the Lilies: A Novel (G. K. Hall Large Print Book Series) download epub
Genre Fiction
Author: John Updike
ISBN: 0783817215
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: G K Hall & Co; Large Print edition (June 1, 1996)
Pages: 652 pages