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

In a post last weekI explained what’s not in this collection and vented a little about that. Upxike, let’s get on to the stories.

I’m jobn to read one or more a week and comment on them each Wednesday until I finish the collection or fall apart. The first volume opens with “Ace in the Hole”which Updike wrote for updiks advanced creative-writing class at Harvard. It was originally called “Flick,” after the original name of its protagonist, before Updike re-dubbed him Ace.

The opening of “Ace in the Hole” will foreshadow “Rabbit, Run” for many readers: Ace Anderson has just been fired from his job at a car dealership: Nobody could have gotten into that hole. Even if it had hair on it.

Ace in the Hole: A Selection from the John Updike Audio Collection by John Updike

Unlike Rabbit’s wife, Janice, who doesn’t want him to leave, Evey seems ready to let Ace run. She’s Catholic, he’s not, and there’s a touch of tension around that, notably when Ace brings up priests.


Jonn grabbed my attention most in this competent but unremarkable little story is how Ace reacts when he sees his young daughter, playing with a rattle:. Bonnie reached with both hands; like two separate animals they approached from opposite jole and touched the smooth rattle simultaneously.

Reading the John Updike stories: ‘Ace in the Hole’

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