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The Centaur - John Updike The strangest thing happened today: I went to a book fair and I was looking through the novels of one particular publisher. The lady in charge was talking to a thin old lady dressed in black. They started to recommend me some books and the old lady pointed to Updike's Centaur. She said it was a really good book. I told her that I had a small budget and Updike was not quite on my to-read list. At that moment, the old lady took the book from the shelf and gave it to me. I was at a loss, but the lady selling the books was nodding in approval, encouraging me to accept it. I wanted to pay for the book, but they told me it was a present. Can you believe it? I couldn't...I was overwhelmed!