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Toward the End of Time

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Ben Turnbull, the hero of John Updike's eighteenth novel, is a sixty-six-year-old retired investment counselor living north of Boston in the year 2020. A recent war between the United States and China has thinned the population and brought social chaos. The dollar has been locally replaced by Massachusetts scrip; instead of taxes, one pays protection money to competing racketeers. Nevertheless, Ben's life, traced by his journal entries over the course of a year, retains many of its accustomed comforts, as supervised by his vibrant wife, Gloria. He plays golf; he pays visits to his five children and ten grandchildren. Something of a science buff, he finds his personal history caught up in the disjunctions and vagaries of the "many-worlds  hypothesis derived from the indeterminacy of quantum theory. His identity branches into variants extending back through history and ahead in the evolution of the universe, as both it and his own mortal, nature-enshrouded existence move toward the end of time.

About the Author

John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker, to which he has contributed poems, short stories, essays, and book reviews. Since 1957 he has lived in Massachusetts. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375400063
Author:
Updike, John
Publisher:
Knopf
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Family
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Massachusetts
Subject:
Quantum Theory
Subject:
Twenty-first century
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Massachusetts Fiction.
Subject:
Retired executives -- Massachusetts -- Fiction.
Subject:
Retired executives
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
7989
Publication Date:
19970923
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.22x5.55x1.30 in. 1.11 lbs.

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