With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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John Updike was an American author best known for his novels chronicling middle-class American life. One of only three authors to have twice won the Pulitzer Prize, he died in 2009.
The number of men who do lasting damage to their young bodies is striking; war and car accidents aside, secondary-school sports, with the approval of parents and the encouragement of brutish coaches, take a fearful toll of skulls and knees.