The Women Who Got Away

PDF-file by John Updike

The Women Who Got Away PDF ebook download “You used what you had here. People had so little material goods they had to take pleasure just in being alive.” — John Updike, Licks of Love in the Heart of the Cold War

I wish I’d made notes when I read this book, but I read it out in the garden, leaving my phone and my notebook behind. It’s a short read — five short stories — and it was a pleasant afternoon. Unfortunately, it means that since this was read almost six or seven weeks ago, the specifics have slipped my mind.

From what I understand of Updike (this is my first foray into his work), affairs, sexual incompetence and relationships feature frequently in his work. It’s no different here. The writing is felt a lot more sparse than I expected, although I liked the effect some of the economy of language provoked. One thing I didn’t appreciate was how lacking his women were compared to how developed his male characters were.

The stories were interesting, though, and I am curious to read more of his work. I’m just not on the edge of my seat.

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