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Apr 02, Caitlin rated it really liked it I read all the reviews of this book before picking it at the book store. Now that I'm finished with it, I have to say I'm a little disappointed in a lot of you. The reason I actually read it despite the reviews was that like most of John Updike's books, once I started I couldn't put it down.
I was literally standing in the book store aisle, 20 pages in and realized I didn't want to stop reading. John Updike has such a beautiful way of describing things.
I love the settings he establishes, the char I read all the reviews of this book before picking it at the book store. I love the settings he establishes, the characters he creates, and the language he uses.
The places are always relatable. The people are vulnerable. The words are simple and elegant. His writing makes you feel. As for the subject, just because the story is tragic and you don't agree with the decisions a character makes, doesn't make the book bad. For me, the point of reading is to experience something I wouldn't or couldn't experience in my real life.
I read to escape and gain insight to the emotions of other people. Isn't it interesting to think about what someone else is thinking? Especially in a situation different than your own? There was nothing that he could not do well. This book is fascinating, quite apart from his wonderful prose style.
It apparently is closely based on an actual affair that almost blew Updike's first marriage apart. He alludes to it in his book "Self-Consciousness", saying something along the lines of "I tried to break out of my marriage and failed.
He said that "Sally" commented later, "We tried to do too much. Jerry imagines the future if he had chosen Sally, then the real aftermath of his marriage to Ruth, then It shows us who we really are.
Romance shows us who we'd like to be. Sometimes the pain of facing ourselves in marriage is so great that we seek an outside romance through which to lie to ourselves, or obtain a reprieve from our true selves - a place to hide in a candlelit glow. We run from our "Ruth," the truth, to a safer view.
Although many times the book offended me - it was ugly, the language could sometimes bite - Updike showe Marriage, if it is lived honestly, holds a mirror to our faces. Although many times the book offended me - it was ugly, the language could sometimes bite - Updike showed love as viewed through the lens of idealism, and love viewed through the lens of reality.
He juxtaposed the two so that we could see the stark contrast between Jerry in romance and Jerry in reality - and the difference was a shock. Jerry fights between the affair in which he feels his best, and the marriage in which he has to accept who he is.
He doesn't want to leave Ruth and his children because he wants to retain the illusion of being a perfect husband and father - but neither does he want to give Sally up, who believes him so. How many of us do this, in small ways?
How many of us hide from facing ourselves, by criticising the other, by seeking something outside to dull the pain?
How many of us are still seeking the idealized version of ourselves as the real view, or the best view, and refusing to face something that might force us to make a change?I’ve realised that John Updike is not everyone’s cup of tea.
However, for me, he’s like Earl Grey, which I spend far too much of each day drinking. To date, I’m neither tea’d out, nor Updiked out. Marry Me is set in the mid-seventies, in a small coastal town somewhere outside of New York City.
In a nutshell it is about two couples, Jerry & Ruth, and Richard & Sally/5. "The Adulterous Society": John Updike's Marry Me Barbara Leckie (bio) [F]iction is also a mode of spying; we read it as we look in windows or listen to gossip, to learn what other people do.
As in Updike's Couples, two married households—in this case, the Conants and the Mathiases—meet and entwine. Jerry Conant's love for Sally Mathias is the primary engine of the novel; his wife Ruth's reaction, and the reaction of Sally's husband Richard, are the story's urbanagricultureinitiative.com: John Updike.
Marry me, love me, leave me, marry me--forget me? Could John Updike write an almost forgettable book? This is a temporal diversion and the fact that it is subtitled "A romance" suggests as Author: John Updike. Jan 28, · John Updike got an unfair rap as a sexist – but he was a misogynist.
Or so his fiction reads. He hated this about himself, so far as one can tell from his extreme touchiness on the subject. It Author: Anna Shapiro. Nov 13, · Marry Me. Marry Me, John Updike’s eighth novel, is a love story, a social comedy, and an attempt at a serious treatment of sex and religion.
It is written in Updike’s usual luminous prose.
Whether it is a successful novel is another question. Jerry Conant and Sally Mathias are in love. Unfortunately, each is married to another person.