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S. is the story of Sarah P. Worth, a thoroughly modern spiritual seeker who has become enamored of a Hindu mystic called the Arhat. A native New Englander, she goes west to join his ashram in Arizona, and there struggles alongside fellow sannyasins (pilgrims) in the difficult attempt to subdue ego and achieve moksha (salvation, release from illusion). “S.” details her adventures in letters and tapes dispatched to her husband, her daughter, her brother, her dentist, her hairdresser, and her psychiatrist—messages cleverly designed to keep her old world in order while she is creating for herself a new one. This is Hester Prynne’s side of the triangle described by Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter; it is also a burlesque of the quest for enlightenment, and an affectionate meditation on American womanhood.

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S. is Sarah Worth — doctor's wife, North Shore matron, loving mother, and now (suddenly!) ardent follower of a Hindu religious leader known as the Arhat. As this brilliant and very funny novel opens, Sarah is fleeing the confinement of her suburban life to become a sannyasin (pilgrim) at her guru's Arizona ashram.

In the letters and audiocassettes that Sarah sends to her husband, daughter, mother, brother, best friend — to her psychiatrist and her hairdresser and her dentist — master novelist John Updike gives us a witty comedy of manners, a biting satire of life on a religious commune, and the story — deep and true — of an American woman in search of herself.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780394568355
Author:
Updike, John
Publisher:
Knopf
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Arizona
Subject:
Cults
Subject:
Communal living
Subject:
Epistolary fiction
Subject:
Cults -- Arizona -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Religious
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
28
Publication Date:
19880212
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.31 x 5.47 x 1.07 in .9575 lb

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Product details 288 pages Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated - English 9780394568355 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , S. is Sarah Worth — doctor's wife, North Shore matron, loving mother, and now (suddenly!) ardent follower of a Hindu religious leader known as the Arhat. As this brilliant and very funny novel opens, Sarah is fleeing the confinement of her suburban life to become a sannyasin (pilgrim) at her guru's Arizona ashram.

In the letters and audiocassettes that Sarah sends to her husband, daughter, mother, brother, best friend — to her psychiatrist and her hairdresser and her dentist — master novelist John Updike gives us a witty comedy of manners, a biting satire of life on a religious commune, and the story — deep and true — of an American woman in search of herself.

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