Villages

Villages

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Random House, Inc.
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 Haskells 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. At one juncture he reflects, “How lovely she is, naked in the dark! How little men deserve the beauty and mercy of women!” His life as a sexual being merges with the communal shelter of villages: “A village is woven of secrets, of truths better left unstated, of houses with less window than opaque wall.”

This delightful, witty, passionate novel runs from the Depression era to the early twenty-first century.

Baker & Taylor
From his childhood in eastern Pennsylvania in the 1930s to his retirement years in Haskells Crossing, Massachusetts, Owen Mackenzie finds his life irrevocably altered by the communal humanity of the small towns in which he lives.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Baker
& Taylor

From his childhood in the eastern Pennsylvania village of Willow in the 1930s, to his innovative software company in tiny Middle Falls, Connecticut, to his retirement years in twenty-first-century Haskells Crossing, Massachusetts, Owen Mackenzie finds his life irrevocably altered by the communal humanity of the small towns in which he lives. 60,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400042906
1400042909
Branch Call Number: FICTION UPDIKE
FICTION UPDIKE
Characteristics: 321 p

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