In the Beauty of the Lilies
Random House, Inc.
Faith ultimately bursts into flame as Updike's major new novel, charting the lives of one family through four generations, shows readers an America whose dream of perfection is translated into an obsession with God and the Moving Picture. Paterson, New Jersey, 1910: When a Presbyterian minister suddenly loses his faith and leaves the pulpit to become a salesman, he becomes a movie addict as well.
Baker & Taylor
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
Blackwell North Amer
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. Faithless himself, Teddy marries a good Methodist girl and begets Esther, whose prayers are always answered; she becomes an object of worship, a twentieth-century goddess. Her neglected son, Clark, makes his way back to the fiery fundamentals of Protestant piety. 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.
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. 75,000 first printing. BOMC Alt. Tour.
New York : A.A. Knopf, 1996.
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491 p. ; 22 cm.