U & I: A True Story

U & I: A True Story

Nicholson Baker
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Author:  Nicholson Baker
Condition:  New
Format:  Paperback
Pages:  192
Publisher:  Granta Books
Year:  2011
ISBN:  9781847083517

When Nicholson Baker, one of the most linguistically talented writers in America, set out to write a book about John Updike, the result was no ordinary biography. Instead Baker's account of his relationship with his hero is a hilarious story of ambition, obsession, talent and neurosis, alternately self-deprecating and self-aggrandizing. More memoir than literary criticism, Baker is excruciatingly honest, and U & I reveals at least as much about Baker himself as it does about his idol. Written twenty years before Updike's death in 2009, U & I is a very smart and extremely funny exploration of the debts we owe our heroes.