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In this brilliant novel, John Updike has created one of his most memorable characters: the Reverend Tom Marshfield — literate, charming, sexual — whose outrageous behavior with the ladies of his flock scandalizes his parish....

Review:

"John Updike's 'A Month of Sundays' concerns the involuntary retreat of the Reverend Tom Marshfield to a desert place to recuperate from his 'distraction,' although he prefers to diagnose his malady as 'the human condition.' It will be no surprise to find Updike's characteristically dense imagery conveying the essential ambiguity of that condition nor to find the relationship between man and woman an inexhaustible emblem. The names of his characters, drawn from 'The Scarlet Letter,' show them to be the true children of their puritan ancestors, adept literalizers bent upon destroying paradise anew. Like Hawthorne, Updike in earlier novels has used nature as the source of his most ambiguous images; but in this novel the images from the natural world are sparser, less luxuriant, while the images associated with the human body are more extravagant, and language itself provides a ground of wildness unsurpassed by Hawthorne's darkest forest." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Synopsis:

A Month Of Sundays is John Updike's seventh novel that concerns a month of seventh days, a month of enforced rest and relaxation .This book has achieved a sureness of touch, and a supplement of style.

About the Author

John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Updike died in January 2009.

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ISBN:
9780449912201
Author:
Updike, John
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
American
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Clergy
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Subject:
Diary fiction
Subject:
Clergy -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19960831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.24x5.54x.67 in. .60 lbs.

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