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By John Updike

One of many signature novels of the yank Nineteen Sixties, Couples is a e-book that, whilst it debuted, scandalized the general public with prose photographs of how humans dwell, and that this present day presents an engrossing epitaph to the quick, satisfied lifetime of the “post-Pill paradise.” It chronicles the interactions of ten younger married in a beach New England group who make a cult of intercourse and of themselves. the gang of friends shape a paranormal circle, whole with ritualistic video games, non secular substitutions, a clergyman (Freddy Thorne), and a scapegoat (Piet Hanema). As with such a lot American utopias, this one’s life is short and unsustainable, however the “imaginative quest” that evokes its construction is everlasting.

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