The major conflict in “Ace in the Hole” is between the juvenile mind of Ace and the business mentality of Evey. Like John Updike’s Flick Webb in the poem. “Ace in the Hole” () by John Updike: summary, analysis and commentary of the complete early and later stories, including the Maples and Henry Bech. The Library of America recently published ‘John Updike: The Collected Stories,’ a two-volume boxed set of stories arranged in.

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They all called him Ace, which is what he refers himself as, while his mother and wife and boss call him by his name, Fred. Return to Book Page. More Lifestyle Headlines minute summer recipes that fit anyone’s schedule Explore roads less traveled in Wisconsin Direct Answers: Learn all the facts before forgiving boyfriend All Over the Map: I’m planning to read one or more a week and comment on them each Wednesday until I finish the collection or fall apart.

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He does not drive his car home because he does not want his wife, Evey, to know that he was fired. In describing how he wrote these stories in a small, rented, smoke-filled office in Ipswitch, Massachusetts, he says, “I felt that I was packaging something as delicately pervasive as smoke, one box after another, in that room, where my only duty was to describe reality as it had come to me — to give the mundane its beautiful due.


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More News Headlines U. This is where the title of the story comes from except it is ironic because Ace did not make it in the hole.

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The extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. Jenna rated it it was amazing Oct 29, You are commenting using your WordPress. The first volume opens with “Ace in the Hole”which Updike wrote for an advanced creative-writing class at Harvard.


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John rated it really liked it Apr 06, She comes home and already knows everything because his mother told him. Yet, as ipdike stories reflect so accurately, life was still unsettling, and Updike chronicles telling moments both joyful and painful. Subscriber Login Manage Account.

Describing his subject as “the American small town, Protestant middle class,” Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, having published 22 novels and more than a dozen short story collections as well as poetry, literary criticism and children’s books. Oullie rated it liked it Jun 12, You are updiie using your Facebook account.

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The Collected Stories,’ a two-volume boxed set of stories arranged in chronological order. The Library of America recently published ‘John Updike: