Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Villages, John Updike

Far from Updike's best. More sex-obsessed than usual. Chapters alternate between hero's present May-December marriage and his philandering past. Too-pat dispatch of cuckolded wife. By far the best part, in the Rabbit style, is the description of the hero's youth. The profession Updike targets in this novel is computer programming, and he has done his technical homework, as usual. Summation: worth reading for the 5 or 6 dead-on phrases but I can't shake the feeling that deep down, Updike hates women.

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