Couples, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


An intoxicating yet sensitive novel about the sexual experiences of ten couples from Tarbox, New England.

Well-to-do, sociable, articulate but dangerously unfulfilled; they play word games in the evening and adultery all year round.


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I was disappointed by this novel as had really admired Updike's Rabbit trilogy. I found myself bored by these couples and their fornications:perhaps I wouldn't have had this reaction when I was younger and then would have got a kick out of the more graphic descriptions of the sexual act. I realise that Updike may have meant us to be critical of these self-regarding people but in the end I got bored with them as they seemed to have felt bored with each other. Lost souls?

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