Sunday, October 03, 2004

Updike, Coupling and Dan Brown

Work was getting me down so I was tempted and couldn't resist 'Angels and Demons' by Dan Brown. While it is a great read, I don't know if I am that impressed by the actual book, it is predictable at times, some of the ideas are perhaps a little way out. But when you need to escape from a dreadful office - read it!
Also I was very pleased to receive 'Couples' by John Updike this week through a friend in Bookcrossing. I am enjoying it very much. I'm still trying to figure Updike out. Just as he seems to be modern and cool and hip then he quotes Tillich. I am convinced there is some religious turmoil somewhere in his life. Perhaps his books answer some essential dilemma, I'm not sure. In 'Couples' the main character attends a congregationalist church, he admires the joinery in the pews. There is something about the struggle this character is going through, middle age, bored, looking for meaning. There is some connection with Tillich. Unfortunately I haven't read Tillich in a very long time.
In the Early Stories of Updike I read 'Flight', a wonderful story it begins with a young boy climbing up a hill with his mother. At the top she grabs his hair and says 'this is where we will always be, but not you, you will fly ...". The story could have stopped there but it went on and typically Updike the plot gets a little lost but it is still beautiful.

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