The Coup Paperback – 29 May 1980
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"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.
From the Inside Flap
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.