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Couples is the book that has been assailed for its complete frankness & praised as an artful, seductive, savagely graphic portrait of love, marriage & adultery in. An intoxicating yet sensitive novel about the sexual experiences of ten couples from Tarbox, New England. Well-to-do, sociable, articulate but dangerously. Couples by John Updike; 1 edition; First published in ; Subjects: Accessible book, Protected DAISY, In library.
They are all the same soulless person. The book is also way too long. Just when you think everything that could happen, has, there's still like pages to go. People still screwing, still complaining, still wandering around aimlessly. Scary-long paragraphs describing the New England scenery. The apathy, too.
There is very little crescendo of emotion, so even when there are 'consequences' to naughty boinking behaviour, it doesn't mean much, because the reaction is polite, very cerebral, repetitive, and How could I be bored when there is talk of phalli and vaginas every pages? Don't get me wrong. John Updike writes about sex with such lyrical pull that I must bow to the beauty.
He writes the dialogue of people laying in the dark together like none other. This is why I opened up this book, and so in that sense I got what I came for. But, I have to say, sex isn't all that hot when the people involved are so unaffected and indifferent. And, most importantly, so easily replaced. Especially the women, who are for the most part not in control of the affairs, and who seem to pay the biggest price.
What starts off as a "post pill paradise" - a sexual freedom that the people in this community revel in - devolves. This isn't a surprise; how can it continue like this? John Updike lived through the sexual revolution, and I think he captured an experience many people tried out. I believed him. He is honest about the vacuous disintegration. He's honest about his struggle between God and faith with our animal compulsions. The church will always be rebuilt though, in his world, and philanderers will have their hands slapped.
The phallucy of paradise is upended. It's all so silly, isn't it? It's so much trouble. View all 40 comments. Feb 22, Katie rated it liked it Shelves: You know when a guilty man sets about justifying his behaviour, how he strives for big philosophical words and at the same time to bring all his charm to the fore to justify the petty thing he did? Well, this entire novel is a bit like that.
It's about ten couples in suburban America in the s. It's like a medieval banquet of sex, climaxing with the moral equivalent of gout. Apart from anything else it's all wildly implausible.
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A balding middle-aged man of average intelligence and no creative You know when a guilty man sets about justifying his behaviour, how he strives for big philosophical words and at the same time to bring all his charm to the fore to justify the petty thing he did?
A balding middle-aged man of average intelligence and no creative talent who feels a kind of contemptuous affection for his two young daughters somehow manages to seduce most of the wives of his friend set. We learn little about the motives of the women who succumb to this obnoxious man's insatiable appetite for sexual conquest.
The men get all the best lines and all the volition in this novel. I was initially excited because of how well Updike writes he also frequently overwrites and how perceptive he can be about relationships but as a novel it drags on endlessly on the same repetitive beat. The denouement when the chastened hero watches his church burn down just felt naff as any kind of commentary on the feckless gratuitous behaviour of all the too many and often indistinguishable characters in this book.
Only because of the quality of the writing does it merit three stars. View all 19 comments. Katie Elyse wrote: Thanks" Thanks Elyse! Mar 06, Cheri Wonderful review, Katie! Thank you! May 25, To my prejudices it was the jejune, possibly self-caricatural big bestseller, the book whose fame caused every obituary writer to narrowly cast Updike as a chronicler of upper-middle class New England marriages Rabbit is a Pennsylvanian petit-bourgeois, as it happens.
And at that sale a few weeks previous I had bought a copy The Stories of John Cheever , and had read so many that I wanted more midcentury New England agnst, more communter trains and cocktail shakers and girdles, and the sale also had stacks of old early s issues of LIFE that nobody bought but contained the ads of that world, ads for cheap vernacular bourbon and Hi-Fi and convertibles that you drive a blond to the beach in.
So I had to buy Couples.
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How bad could it be? Updike long ago entered my personal pantheon of writers James, Nabokov, Edmund White whose least distinguished books are readable, so great is my relish of their phrasing and perception.
Turns out, this is the true trial of an Updike-lover. I passed, and was rewarded; but much in this book is bad. For one, there are too many people. So much dialogue! The vast middle of the novel is devoted to seemingly endless transcripts of middlebrow cocktail party ruminations; to feeble flirty jokes, soporific gossip, booze-addled attempts to apply half-remembered Freudian and anthropological terms to their ennui. Updike was asleep at the wheel for much this one.
Updike also indulges some wannabe-comic but totally unfunny racial characterization. John Ong, a Korean, is allowed one trait: And Ben Saltz, a Jew, is ponderous and pushy; he also reads Commentary. There is also excruciatingly metaphorical sex. Piet and the very pregnant Foxy Whitman have astronomical sex: Their lovemaking lunar, revolving frictionless around the planet of her womb. Her far-off cries, eclipsed. His wide-eyed wonder at the world was unsuited to a catalogue of bored bed-hopping—-to make such action interesting Updike needed command of a Gallic, cynical tone; this should have been a novel of malicious manners, modeled on the novel of pitilessly dissected motives that is, said W.
But as I said, these were my thoughts before starting the last section, which turned out to be uninterruptedly awesome, an page clean sprint of wisdom and insight and skill. The tone is far-seeing, laconic, epilogic.
Opening to my marker last night, I steeled myself for a weary slog to the end; I closed the novel with a big smile and my brain buzzing. View all 12 comments. Jul 22, Don rated it really liked it.
What's wonderful and aggravating about Updike all in one book. We see the same recycled themes here parts feel very much like Marry Me and the Rabbit series, among others , which isn't a bad thing. Updike loves to focus on adultery, and he does so as well as anyone I know. Some great characters here. Love the Piet storyline and all the characters involved in it. Also love the side-story about the swinging couple; really interesting stuff there that, unfortunately, he never really comes back to.
The book, like many Updike books, feels too long. His descriptions are often beautiful -- but, as usual, he gives us too many for my way of thinking, far too many of them. I found myself skimming many of the scenes describing the beautiful and fucking boring New England coast. Aside from the Rabbit books, probably my favorite Updike.
Despite its flaws, there is so much life and energy in this book. Highly recommended. View all 3 comments. Nobody writes about infidelity quite as good as Updike. Well, Roth sometimes gets close, but particularly in Couples, the disintegration of the various couples in the small New England town is described with painful realism by John Updike.
Each character is fully developed and is sometimes endearing, sometimes enraging but always compelling. After the Rabbit series, this was my favorite Updike book. Feb 17, brian rated it really liked it Recommended to brian by: Musee des Beaux Arts W. Auden About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters; how well, they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along; How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting For the miraculous birth, there always must be Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating On a pond at the edge of the wood: They never forgot That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.
In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: View all 7 comments. Al netto di ogni speculazione sulla traduzione buona, meno buona, datata etc. Questo romanzo non piglia da subito; ci vuole un po' di tempo per calarsi nella incredibile aria avvelenata di Tarbox, ennesima riproposizione del paesino di provincia del nordest americano dove si alternano serialmente pigri party, storie di letto con incroci pericolosi, dialoghi ad alto contenuto freudiano e un pizzico di politica, amicizie taglienti come rasoi.
Jul 16, Efka rated it did not like it Shelves: Mar 01, Rebecca F. Maybe I'm an idealist when it comes to matter of the heart, romantic idiom, love and marriage, so it is hard for me to grasp the reality that some people actually live d as described in this book.
But with an entire novel Couples and a good part of at least two of the Rabbit books dedicated to the scenario of partner "swapping" and "swinging," and other forms of adultery a. Not as strong as some of his other works, this book kind of floats along with a sense of apathy and detachment, a kind of mirror of the main character, Piet Hanema, the catalyst of community-wide relationship destruction in a small New England town in the early-mid '60s.
Couples rests on the idea that everyone is unsatisfied, unfulfilled and unhappy in their marriages, and that good times are only to be found outside the "sacred bond. It's an interesting snapshot of the period. Sexuality really seemed to be "on the verge" of something, perhaps fueled by and entwined with the popularization of psychotherapy for the masses, early women's lib, Cold War anxiety, the rise of the middle class and other socio-political realities of the time.
As far as Updike's "heroes" go, Piet is much harder to like than Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom; he's also not as well drawn.
He's got some incredibly sharp and funny lines. How innocently life ate the days. Nov 13, Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing Shelves: In November , my rare-book service sold a first edition, first printing of John Updike's Couples through our eBay account [ http: Below is the write-up I did for its listing.
Like so many of the great authors of the Postmodernist era, John Updike by the late s had already established himself through the usual channels of the Mid-Century Modernist age before -- he had been a staff writer for The New Yorker , where he had come directly after his stint at the Harv In November , my rare-book service sold a first edition, first printing of John Updike's Couples through our eBay account [ http: Like so many of the great authors of the Postmodernist era, John Updike by the late s had already established himself through the usual channels of the Mid-Century Modernist age before -- he had been a staff writer for The New Yorker , where he had come directly after his stint at the Harvard Lampoon , a prim and erudite New Englander whose precious Kennedy-era books had already garnered such accolades as the National Book Award.
Ah, but then in , Updike published the scandalous Couples , the moment one could argue that he went from merely a well-respected academic writer to a national celebrity; for among other things, the novel was the first mainstream book in American history to tackle the subjects of suburban wife-swapping parties and casual drug use, which brought the topics into the realm of the national "establishment" conversation for the first time, a huge bestseller that coined the phrase "post-Pill paradise" and which landed Updike on the cover of Time magazine, serving as a rallying cry for sexual freedom during the countercultural years when this first came out.
And of course, it didn't hurt the book's salacious reputation that Updike had based the anecdotes on the true stories from his real set of upper-middle-class suburban friends in Ipswitch, Massachusetts, a shocking development in reserved New England which made the book the subject of whispered conversations there for literally decades afterwards.
When combined with Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint and Gore Vidal's Myra Beckinridge , all three of which came out in the same month period, Couples marks a watershed moment in American literary history, the messy and violent wrenching of the smooth and slick Modernist era into what eventually became the Postmodernist one; and for anyone interested in collecting first editions from this period, this is an absolutely must-have acquisition, being sold at a premium price today because of the exquisite condition of this particular copy but see "Condition" below for more on that.
View 1 comment. She was his smallest woman, his most passive, and his most remote, in these mournful throes, from speech or any question.
This was my first read of John Updike. Fertility at all costs.
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Nine years later Piet still felt, with Angela, a superior power seeking through her to employ him. He seemed rather brittle and detached. He felt like a fool. The seventh circle of bliss. They each stood before a closet door, on opposite sides of an unused fireplace framed in pine paneling and plaster painted azure. The house was a graceful eighteenth-century farmhouse of eight rooms. A barn and a good square yard and a high lilac hedge came with the property.
The previous owners, who had had adolescent boys, had attached a basketball hoop to one side of the barn and laid down a small asphalt court. At another corner of the two acres stood an arc of woods tangent to a neighboring orchard.
Beyond this was a dairy farm. He loved how this house welcomed into itself in every season lemony flecked rhomboids of sun whose slow sliding revolved it with the day, like the cabin of a ship on a curving course.
All houses, all things that enclosed, pleased Piet, but his modest Dutch sense of how much of the world he was permitted to mark off and hold was precisely satisfied by this flat lot two hundred feet back from the road, a mile from the center of town, four miles distant from the sea. Angela, descended from piratical New Bedford whaling captains, wanted a property with a view of the Atlantic.
It had a huge view of the salt marshes and a wind exposure that would defy all insulation.
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Donna Tartt. The Silent Wife.How to write a great review. The Witches of Eastwick. Like so many of the great authors of the Postmodernist era, John Updike by the late s had already established himself through the usual channels of the Mid-Century Modernist age before -- he had been a staff writer for The New Yorker , where he had come directly after his stint at the Harvard Lampoon , a prim and erudite New Englander whose precious Kennedy-era books had already garnered such accolades as the National Book Award.
David Puttnam: Mar 06, Jack of Diamonds. As she struggled, lamplight struck zigzag fire from her slip and static electricity made its nylon adhere to her flank. You don't always aim for the right door, do you, John and don't tell me that it was just a slip!
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