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    John Cheever
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Imprint: Vintage Classics. Published: 04/12/2014. Considered by many to be Cheever's masterpiece, Falconer is a tour de force from one of America's greatest storytellers. Imprint: Vintage Classics.

The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.

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

John Cheever was born in 1912. He is the author of seven collections of stories and five novels. He won the National Book Award for The Wapshot Chronicle and the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for The Stories o. ore about John Cheever.

John Cheever was born in 1912. John Cheever was born in 1912.

Also by John Cheever. Oh What a Paradise It Seems (1982).

ISBN 10: 0141187859 ISBN 13: 9780141187853. Publisher: Penguin Books, 2005.

John Cheever (1912-1982) was born in Quincy, Massachussetts. During a writing career which spanned forty years, John Cheever won a National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and an American Book Award. His titles include The Stories of John Cheever and Oh What A Paradise It Seems. Homes is the author of several novels and a collection of stories. Among her many awards are Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships.

10 6. Books by John Cheever: The Stories of John Cheever. 9, 10. Oh What a Paradise It Seems. Agent Running in the Field.

A story of human redemption, Falconer explores an ex-professor's experiences as an inmate in Falconer Prison. Ezekiel Farragut, convicted of killing his brother, has been imprisoned in the state prison where he is visited by his wife Marcia, with whom he has a love-hate relationship. Falconer tells the story of Farragut, his crime and punishment and his struggle to remain a man as he comes to terms with how his life has changed forever.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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."