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Couples by John Updike

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One of the signature novels of the American 1960s, "Couples" is a book that, when it debuted, scandalized the public with prose pictures of the way people live, and that today provides an engrossing epitaph to the short, happy life of the post-Pill paradise. It chronicles the interactions of ten young married couples in a seaside New England community who make a cult of sex and of themselves. The group of acquaintances form a magical circle, complete with ritualistic games, religious substitutions, a priest (Freddy Thorne), and a scapegoat (Piet Hanema). As with most American utopias, this one s existence is brief and unsustainable, but the imaginative quest that inspires its creation is eternal."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780449911907
ISBN-10: 044991190X
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 26mm)
Pages: 458
Imprint: Fawcett
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 31-Dec-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Olinger Stories by John Updike Olinger Stories, Hardback (September 2014)

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Author Biography - John Updike

John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of "The New Yorker." His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Updike died in January 2009.

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