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Villages

John Updike

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

John Updike's twenty-first novel, a bildungsroman, follows its hero, Owen Mackenzie, from his birth in the semi-rural Pennsylvania town of Willow to his retirement in the rather geriatric community of Haskells Crossing, Massachusetts. In between these two settlements comes Middle Falls, Connecticut, where Owen, an early computer programmer, founds with a partner, Ed Mervine, the successful firm of E-O Data, which is housed in an old gun factory on the Chunkaunkabaug River. Owen's education (Bildung) is not merely technical but liberal, as the humanity of his three villages, especially that of their female citizens, works to disengage him from his youthful innocence. As a child he early felt an abyss of calamity beneath the sunny surface quotidian, yet also had a dreamlike sense of leading a charmed existence. The women of his life, including his wives, Phyllis and Julia, shed what light they can. At one juncture he reflects, "How lovely she is, naked in the dark! How little men deserve the beauty and mercy of women!" His life as a sexual being merges with the communal shelter of villages: "A village is woven of secrets, of truths better left unstated, of houses with less window than opaque wall." This delightful, witty, passionate novel runs from the Depression era to the early twenty-first century.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Edward Herrmann

Length:

9h 44m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:07


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:55


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:14


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:31


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:17


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:09


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:47


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:15


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:34


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:17


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:43


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:23


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:30


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:55


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:24


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:55


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:51


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:19


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:32


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:24


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:45


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

09:35


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:28


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:32


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:23


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:14


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:01


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:26


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:46


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

09:28


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:17


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:24


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:02


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:44


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:31


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:59


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:32


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:51


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:15


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:32


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:53


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:36


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:45


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:41


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:16


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:36


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:34


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:24


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:39


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:23


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:26


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:33