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Book Information: Coup, the

Coup, the (1978) [Novel]
by John Updike Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Kush, the imaginary African nation, a large, land-locked, drought-ridden territory, is ruled by Colonel Hakim Félix Ellelloû. The good colonel has four wives, a silver Mercedes, and a fanatic aversion to the United States.

But the Ugly American keeps creeping up on Kush—with all sorts of strange repercussions

Original title: The Coup
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Coup, the

Coup, the (1978)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "An astonishing tale—strong, sly, funny, angry, clear-eyed—that goes right to the heart of the human condition." Publishers Weekly
  • "A very funny book as well as a serious one. It's the work of an intelligent and funny and passionate man—and it's good." Washington Post Book World
  • "A black comedy... with moments of satirical brilliance." The Wall Street Journal
  • "One of Updike's boldest and most imaginative performances... his wittiest fiction since Bech: A Book." Peter S. Prescott, Newsweek
  • "What a rich, surprising and often funny novel... one of Updike's strongest... a book that stands with the two Rabbit novels and The Centaur as an example of what this extraordinarily prolific novelist can do when his imagination, as well as his language, is strenuously engaged." New York Times Book Review
  • "A powerful work, beautifully calibrated, persuasive and lustrous... passionate and humorous in equal degrees. The novel itself is a coup.... Updike is a writer whose mastery of the novel is indisputable." Bookviews
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Coup, the (1978)

ISBN: 0449242595

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