S.

S.

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by John Updike
     
 

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S. is Sarah Worth — doctor's wife, North Shore matron, loving mother, and now (suddenly!) ardent follower of a Hindu religious leader known as the Arhat. As this brilliant and very funny novel opens, Sarah is fleeing the confinement of her suburban life to become a sannyasin (pilgrim) at her guru's Arizona ashram.

In the letters and audiocassettes that Sarah

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S. is Sarah Worth — doctor's wife, North Shore matron, loving mother, and now (suddenly!) ardent follower of a Hindu religious leader known as the Arhat. As this brilliant and very funny novel opens, Sarah is fleeing the confinement of her suburban life to become a sannyasin (pilgrim) at her guru's Arizona ashram.

In the letters and audiocassettes that Sarah sends to her husband, daughter, mother, brother, best friend — to her psychiatrist and her hairdresser and her dentist — master novelist John Updike gives us a witty comedy of manners, a biting satire of life on a religious commune, and the story — deep and true — of an American woman in search of herself.

Editorial Reviews

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“One of Updike’s lightest, funniest, and slyest fictions—a comedy about the sneaky economies of the spirit.”—The New Yorker
 
“This comedy of Brahmin manners is . . . a mercilessly funny account of life in a religious commune. Some would say that Sarah’s flight to self-discovery is strictly in the best Puritan tradition.”—The Washington Post Book World
 
“A spiritual adventure story . . . Updike fully inhabits his imperfect matron. Her voice, which can sweep from the heights of religious fluff to the swamps of bathos in astonishing feats of non sequitur, is a wonderful comic invention.”—Newsweek

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394568355
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/1988
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.47(w) x 8.31(h) x 1.07(d)

What People are saying about this

Anatole Broyard
In S., Mr. Updike does seem to have some difficulty bestirring himself. . . . In getting inside Sarah's voice and feelings, Mr. Updike has lost sight of her soul. . . .he is primarily an investigator, always aware that he'll soon be going back -- but for a man to write a profound book about a woman, it may be necessary for him to forget himself. There are no temporary women. -- The New York Times

Meet the Author

John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal. In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Updike died in January 2009.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 18, 1932
Date of Death:
January 27, 2009
Place of Birth:
Shillington, Pennsylvania
Place of Death:
Beverly Farms, MA
Education:
A.B. in English, Harvard University, 1954; also studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford, England

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