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By John Updike

One of many signature novels of the yank Nineteen Sixties, Couples is a e-book that, while it debuted, scandalized the general public with prose photographs of ways humans stay, and that this day presents an engrossing epitaph to the fast, chuffed lifetime of the “post-Pill paradise.” It chronicles the interactions of ten younger married in a seashore New England group who make a cult of intercourse and of themselves. the crowd of pals shape a mystical 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 lifestyles is short and unsustainable, however the “imaginative quest” that evokes its construction is everlasting.

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