Now that I have finally read Stephen King, I love the sense of fulfillment in reading authors who are long overdue. John Updike is another one. He might be best known for his Rabbit tetralogy, but there’s much more to this amazingly prolific author. Prolific authors are a problem for me because I don’t know where to begin in the oeuvre. It takes some effort of research to narrow down to five books. My goal is to read at least one so I can pop my Updike cherry before the end of 2012.
Couples. The premise of this book is shocking. Couples is about the sex lives of ten people from the fictional town of Tarbox, New England, who enjoy what one character calls “the post-pill paradise”. I won’t be surprised if it was banned in some narrow-minded towns.
The Witches of Eastwick. It presents a darker, more sexualized side to the three New England witches and was tipped by Time magazine as one of the five best novels of the year at the time it was published.
The Centaur. A touching tale of the relationship between a high school teacher and his son (likely inspired by the author’s own father, a teacher), Updike’s third novel won him the National Book Award.
Roger’s Version. The novel’s narrator, Roger Lambert, is a professor of divinity at an unnamed northeastern university. He comes into contact with a student in search of a grant from the divinity department.
Rabbit tetralogy. Maybe at least one book from this series?
Readers, what do you like? What have you read?