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Villages

Author: John Updike
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"John Updike's twenty-first novel, a bildungsroman, follows its hero, Owen Mackenzie, from his birth in the semi-rural Pennsylvania town of Willow to his retirement in the rather geriatric community of Hasskells Crossing, Massachusetts. In between these two settlements comes Middle Falls, Connecticut, where Owen, an early computer programmer, founds with a partner, Ed Mervine, the successful firm of E-O Data, which  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Bildungsromans
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Updike, John.
Villages.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2004
(OCoLC)646042012
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Updike
ISBN: 1400042909 9781400042906
OCLC Number: 54425238
Description: 321 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Dream on, Dear Owen --
Village sex--I --
The husband --
Village sex--II --
How Phyllis was won --
Village sex--III --
On the way to Middle Falls --
Village sex--IV --
Convalescence --
Village sex--V --
Developments in hardware --
Village sex--VI --
You don't want to know --
Village wisdom.
Responsibility: John Updike.
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"John Updike's twenty-first novel, a bildungsroman, follows its hero, Owen Mackenzie, from his birth in the semi-rural Pennsylvania town of Willow to his retirement in the rather geriatric community of Hasskells Crossing, Massachusetts. In between these two settlements comes Middle Falls, Connecticut, where Owen, an early computer programmer, founds with a partner, Ed Mervine, the successful firm of E-O Data, which is housed in an old gun factory on the Chunkaunkabaug River. Owen's education (Bildung) is not merely technical but liberal, as the humanity of his three villages, especially that of their female citizens, works to disengage him from his youthful innocence. As a child he early felt an abyss of calamity beneath the sunny surface quotidian, yet also had a dreamlike sense of leading a charmed existence. The women of his life, including his wives, Phyllis and Julia, shed what light they can."--Jacket.

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