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The Orphaned Swimming Pool: A Selection from the John Updike Audio Collection
The Orphaned Swimming Pool: A Selection from the John Updike Audio Collection
The Orphaned Swimming Pool: A Selection from the John Updike Audio Collection
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The Orphaned Swimming Pool: A Selection from the John Updike Audio Collection

Written by John Updike

Narrated by John Updike

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The extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. Yet, as these stories reflect so accurately, life was still unsettling, and Updike chronicles telling moments both joyful and painful. The texts are taken from his recent omnibus, The Early Stories, 1953-1975.

In describing how he wrote these stories in a small, rented, smoke-filled office in Ipswitch, Massachusetts, he says, "I felt that I was packaging something as delicately pervasive as smoke, one box after another, in that room, where my only duty was to describe reality as it had come to me -- to give the mundane its beautiful due."

LanguageEnglish
PublisherHarperAudio
Release dateAug 11, 2009
ISBN9780061962493
The Orphaned Swimming Pool: A Selection from the John Updike Audio Collection
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John Updike

A novelist, short-story writer, poet and critic, John Updike (1932–2009) is best known as the author of the Rabbit Trilogy and The Witches of Eastwick.

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    I can't say I loved them, but these stories are generally very well written, and most of them are interesting enough. Worth a listen.