|Plot Summary of Licks of Love|
Knopf, Nov 2000, 25.00, 358 pp.
This collection is a well-written short story anthology centering on the foibles of loving someone more than one love oneself. In addition to the dozen tales, the legendary John Updike includes a novella about the Rabbit family. That tale, “Rabbit Remembered” is worth the “steep” price of admission by itself.
The short stories are enjoyable, but Mr. Updike has plowed no new ground. Perhaps it is this reviewer at fault as a rabid Rabbit fan, but the fantastic novella clearly owns the book. Fans of the previous four books will want to read this posthumous story while new readers will scramble for the four novels that have made Mr. Updike a well deserved award winning author. Without giving away the plot, the deceased Rabbit's illegitimate daughter meets the rest of the family in a humorous but, often melancholy way. This clearly enables the tying up of the previous stories into a fabulous complete package worth reading.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Licks of Love|
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Time/era of story
Family, loving relations
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- champion of justice
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- almost none
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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