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Couples

A Novel

by John Updike

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"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 narcotic, their main line of communication and their sole and pitiable shield against the awareness of death."—Time
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.
Praise for Couples
"Couples [is] John Updike's tour de force of extramarital wanderlust."—The New York Times Book Review

"Ingenious . . . If this is a dirty book, I don't see how sex can be written about at all."—Wilfrid Sheed, The New York Times Book Review

Publication Details

Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Imprint:
Random House
Publication Date:
2012

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John Updike (Author)

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 York...

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