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Couples (1968) [Novel]
by John Updike Rating: Weighted - 7.5 / Average - 7.5 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Couples is the book that has been called "an intellectual Peyton Place." It has been assailed for its complete frankness and praised as an artful, seductive, savagely graphic portrait of love, marriage, and adultery in America. But be it damned or hailed, it has created a powerful new literary sexual image that no amount of censure can destroy. It is one of those books that will be read—and remembered—for a long time to come.

Original title: Couples
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Couples

Couples (1968)
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Language: English

  • "Updike gets A plus." Book World
  • "I can think of no other novel, even in these years of our sexual freedom, as sexually explicit in its language... as direct in its sexual reporting, as abundant in its sexual activities." Diana Trilling in The Atlantic Monthly
  • "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. Adultery, says Updike, has become a kind of 'imaginative quest' for a 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
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