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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2004

    The Life of Owen Mackenzie as an American History

    John Updike has since the 1950s been the chronicler of the American mind. His twenty-one novels, poems, short stories, and essays have examined the American Dream and its vagaries, the inner and outer lives of the men and women living through the 20th century, the dichotomy between classes, ethics, sexual maturation, big business, politics as seen from both sides of the fence - name it and Updike has explored it. But John Updike also happens to be a gifted, eloquent wordsmith who can make small observations in a few words that become instantly branded on the brain as epiphanies. Reading Updike is a complete pleasure.For those questioning whether this first man of letters has anything new to say, then VILLAGES is a must read. By the literary means of separating chronological 'biography' with evenly interspersed chapters that pause to explore the sexuality of the main character ('Village Sex I - VI') Updike's writing is refreshing and affords a better scrutiny of the life of a man as influenced by his gradual sexual awakening, underlining how those basic needs alter his movement through the stages from childhood through adolescence through adulthood to old age. Owen Mackenzie was born during the Depression in Willow, Pennsylvania, (the first Village) a child of minimal means whose every discovery becomes a preparation for the Rake's Progress ahead. His introduction to the glories of the female body are bumpily naive and it is this 'frozen adolescence' the propels him through a marriage to a fellow student Phyllis) at MIT whom he marries and has four children, and upon graduation moves to Middle Falls, Connecticut where he slowly becomes a guru in the nascent computer industry. His various acts of adultery/affairs include a cornucopia of women of different types and values, and as his age and company and life in this village progress, he eventually must face his choices. He finally divorces Phyllis and marries another odd type (Julia, recently divorced from the town minister) only to end up in a retirement 'village' of Haskells Crossing, Massachusetts. A fairly simple story, and much in line with Updike's previous works.The joy of this book is in the asides addressing issues few authors face head-on. 'Capitalism...asks only one thing of us: that we consume. The stupider we are, the better consumers we are...You don't need to understand anything to watch television; they want you so stupid you keep staring at the commercials.' 'A village is woven of secrets, of truths better left unstated, of houses with less window than opaque wall.' 'Not for the rich the scattered wandering, the flight from ill-equipped nuclear family into America's wasteland of tawdry entertainments, of shopping-mall parking lots as large as lakes and seedy roadside bars advertising karaoke on Wednesday nights, of deserted downtowns and razed forests, of roving from job to job and mate to mate, amid such meagre electronic distractions as heist movies featuring car wrecks and fireballs and television comedies that reflect as in a fuzzy, fizzing mirror the awkward comedy of our desperate daily improvisations beyond the ordering principals of church, village, and family hierarchy...Only the rich - and not all of them, for some turn rebellious and others topple through self-neglect into lower castes - can afford the old structures that carry us from cradle to grave, well-fed, well-clothed, and well-respected.' 'There are fewer and fewer somewheres in America, and more and more anywheres, strung out along the highways.''It is a mad thing, to be alive. Villages exist to moderate this madness - to hide it from children, to bottle it for private use, to smooth its imperative into habits, to protect us from the darkness without and the darkness within.' The only summation of this book worthy of the writer is simply to encourage everyone to read it. An extraordinary journey is between these covers. Grady Harp, November 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    CHURHC

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Jaylen

    Name ~ Jaylen Butler <p> Age - 22 years old <p> Looks ~ Dark brown hair, gold eyes, either a black high low dress with black and white converse and a gold staff or a black tank top and black ripped skinnies with red air jordans and a gold staff <p> Personality - Caring, fun, loving, kind of nice, has an attitude sometimes, is an excellent cashier, and manages money excellent <p> Husband ~ Rheg Butler <p> Crush - Rheg Butler <p> Kids ~ Joseph and Thalia <p> Jobs - <br> Cashier: WalMart, Target, Macy's, B&N, JCP <br> Cook: HTB, Chili's, Taco Xtreme <p> Other: Just ask... I dont bite

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Bridget

    NAME Bridget O'Hara AGE 19 GENDER girl DESC tall slender wears jeans with a colorful T and a black leather jacket d black leather boots. Green eyes and long wavy brunet hair. PERS sweet fun understanding loving determined and stubborn. CRUSH none BF wants but not desperate

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Kovu and Kalla

    Kovu***
    Name: Kovu
    Age: 19
    Desc: jet black hair, green eyes, tall, muscular, charming smile he rarely uses.
    Pers: nice, friendly, trustworthy, loyal, caring, protective but not overly
    Sibling: Kalla

    >^.^< Kalla
    Name: Kalla
    Age: 16
    description: blonde waist ling hair that's usually straight, crystal blue eyes, dimples, tan, and 5'2
    Personality: sweet, caring, nice, trustworthy, friendly, funny and adorable in her own way
    Sibling: Kovu

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Kaylee and jaydeb

    Kaylee cisco....female...20 yrs old but acts younger... she is tall at 6"1' she is tan with long curly black hair to her waislt she dyes different colors.. she is slender but also curvy............. sweet careing. Adorable nice smart wise funny.........she has no crush. No boyfriend..no children........she is a doctor during the day and bartender at night.............her sibling is jayden.
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    Jayden cisco.......male......21 yrs old)......he is 6"3' he is muscular tan and slim..he has blonde hair that is cut short...........nice shy quiet. Sweet and always there for u funny wise......... no crush no gf no children............he is a police officer... his sibling is kaylee

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Adreanne to Jake & Jade

    She glares at Jake & Jade storms off, her smoky topaz eyes burning in fury.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Jade

    Gtg tb bbt
    ~Jade

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    Posted February 4, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Si

    Hikaru, arent u demon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Hikaru to Si

    Demon?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Sasia

    Name:Sasia. Age:20 going on 21. Gender:Female. Activity:very active will alert when im not gonna be here. Profession:Shes a bake. Past:she has a dark and shadiwy past she doesnt tell anyone about. Wheight:thats my buisness. Height:6'3". Personality:shes hard to get to know and secretive not shy but just not social she doesnt say anytging about herself but if u make an effort to know her u might be surprised

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Result two

    Whats ur name . Mines padme this is my husband aniken and our twins Luke and Leia . They are eight. Luke is older by a minute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    King Brian

    We need more people in this kingdom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Merlin

    Thank u my king. If u would like i can upgrade ur armor to pure titanium.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    Excellent

    No author compares to Updike. Gone way too soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2005

    A beautiful story

    John Updike is a great storyteller I shall start taking seriously. The story was a well constructed . I especially liked the Character development and like Owen, the main character the most. Like all stories set in a society in transition, innocence, ignorance, enlightenment, courage, evil, sex and goodness are all interwoven to make situations so exciting,. John Updike captured all of those in this novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2004

    A Transplant to New England

    All of the best works of John Updike are set in Pennsylvania, his heart's home. Inasmuch as 'Villages' takes place partly in New England and partly in Pennsylvania, it somewhat fits into this oevre. When Updike writes of life in New England, to which he transplanted himself as a young man, he usually doesn't 'get it'. By the time he settled in Ipswich, MA, he had attained such literary note that any scene he observed would have been altered drastically by his own presence in it, a kind of literary 'Heisenberg uncertainty principle'. Nonetheless, his wit and his genius for the English language save the day. This is an especially good book for readers who already have a quite a bit of Updike under their belts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2011

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