Wednesday, January 28, 2009

rip John Updike

John Updike was one of the most important contemporary American novelists. His death inspired me to move Couples to the top of my reading list. The novel is about adultery in a small New England town in 1968. The review below has totally absorbed me. Can't wait to read it.

"Trapped in their cozy catacombs, the couples have made sex by turns their toy, their glue, their trauma, their therapy, their hope, their frustration, their revenge, their narcotics, their main line of communication and their sole and pitiable shield against the awareness of death. Adultery, says Updike, has become a kind of 'imaginative quest' for successful hedonism that would enable man to enjoy an otherwise meaningless life....The couples of Tarbox live in a place and time that together seem to have been ordained for this quest." -- Time Magazine

John Updike

1 comment:

coffee said...

John Updike's conventional wisdom seems to have affected a lot of people -- I see little quotes of his all over

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