Saturday, 30 November 2013


ISBN-10: 0-233-96074-0
Writer: John Updike
Title: Couples
Language: English
Place of Publication: London
Publisher: Andre Deutsch Limited
Year of Publication: 1968
Format: 138x223mm
Pages: 458
Jacket Illustration: William Blake's water-colour drawing 'Adam and Eve Sleeping' and detail from it are reproduced on the jacket by courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Jacket Design: Patricia Davey
Binding: green boards in colour dust jacket
Weight: 702gr.
Original Price: 30s
Entry No.: 2013049
Entry Date: 30th November 2013


John Updike's fifth novel concerns the interactions of ten couples in an out-of-the-way New England community called Tarbox. The circle of acquaintance is felt as a magic circle, with ritual games, religious substitutions, a priest (Freddy Thorne), and a scapegoat (Piet Hanema).The action runs from the spring of 1963 through the following spring.

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