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The Coup Paperback – 29 May 1980

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (29 May 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140052003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140052008
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,605,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of Updike's boldest and most imaginative performances."--"Newsweek"
"EllelloU is an extraordinary tour-de-force of a character. . . . What a rich, surprising, and often funny novel "The Coup" is.""--The New York Times Book Review"
"A very funny book as well as a serious one. It's the work of an intelligent and funny and passionate man--and it's good."--"The Washington Post Book World" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Couples is the book that has been assailed for its complete frankness and praised as an artful, seductive, savagely graphic portrait of love, marriage, and adultery in America. But be it damned or hailed, Couples drew back the curtain forever on sex in suburbia in the late twentieth century. A classic, it is one of those books that will be read -- and remembered -- for a long time to come. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 July 2011
Format: Paperback
Where to begin? You carry your expectations to a book, and this one missed the mark so badly for me that I found it at times laughable and infuriating.

First, Updike displays absolutely no insight into the characters involved in this novel. They are like characters straight out of Time magazine articles utterly lacking in depth or realism.

Second, the voice that he uses - a kind of lamenting first person - was so pathetically unconvincing and flat that I cannot see how anyone can believe any of the events recounted here. I kept feeling like this was written by some high school kid in the suburbs, that is the level of it - like a comic book.

Third, Updike shows no insight into the historical plight of Africa. Again, it goes back to how appalingly superficial this seemed to me - it reads like an exercise in outlandish rhetoric without connection to events or reality. Another thing that perplexed me about the reviewers here is that they claim there is satire and comedy in this, but I simply didn't see it, perhaps because irony requires a deep understanding of a subject.

As such, there is nothing whatsoever to recommend this book, not even Updike's penchant for soft porn. The subject matter simply escaped him, for all I can guess, and he was way way out of his depth.

If you liked this book, I would recommend camparing it to Bend in the River, by VS Naipal. That book succeeds brilliantly at everything this one fails at so miserably.

Not recommended.
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