The Poorhouse Fair: A Novel by John Updike

The novel revolves around the residents of a poorhouse (a government-run facility for the destitute and elderly) in a small town. The narrative primarily focuses on the interactions between the residents and the young, ambitious prefect during an annual fair. The book is a profound exploration of aging, memory, dignity, and the clash between the old and new generations. The fair becomes a battleground where different philosophies of life and attitudes towards progress are debated and tested.

The 2865th greatest book of all time


Published
1959
Nationality
American
Type
Fiction
Pages
160
Words
31,000
Original Language
English

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