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Toward the End of Time

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Publisher Comments:

JOHN UPDIKE IS "A STYLIST OF THE HIGHEST ORDER, capable of illuminating the sublime in the mundane, thereby elevating all of human experience."--Chicago Tribune

Toward the End of Time "is the journal of a 66-year-old man, Ben Turnbull . . . [which] reveals not only the world but the wanderings of his wits. . . . So what if he jumps from a United States in the next century, disintegrating after a war with China, to ancient Egypt, or to virtual reality? So what if characters appear and disappear like phantoms in a dream? . . . Turnbull's journal is like Walden gone haywire. . . . If Ben's ruthlessness is evenhanded, so is his alarming intelligence; it falls on every scene, person, object, and thought in the book, giving it an eerie ambiance."

--The New York Times Book Review

"A BOOK AIMED NOT TO RESOLVE BUT TO AROUSE A READER'S WONDER . . . Vintage Updike: marital angst worked out against the chilly backdrop of privilege, rendered with a lyricism and insight and eye for detail reminiscent of the work of Jane Austen."

--The Miami Herald

"WONDERFUL RUSHES OF NEAR-MELVILLEAN PROSE . . . Toward the End of Time has a force that gets under your skin."

--New York Review of Books

A Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club

Synopsis:

The author's eighteenth critically acclaimed novel presents the wildly imaginative, restlessly intelligent journal of sixty-six-year-old Ben Turnbull, who sports across time and the globe on a series of eerie adventures. Reprint.

Synopsis:

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.

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307424686
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
Updike, John
Author:
Updike John
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Massachusetts Fiction.
Subject:
Retired executives
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Twenty-first century
Subject:
Quantum Theory
Subject:
Massachusetts
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19980825
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
352

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Product details 352 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307424686 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The author's eighteenth critically acclaimed novel presents the wildly imaginative, restlessly intelligent journal of sixty-six-year-old Ben Turnbull, who sports across time and the globe on a series of eerie adventures. Reprint.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

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