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The Afterlife

(1987)
And Other Stories
A collection of stories by

 
 
To Carter Billings, the hero of John Updike's title story, all of England has the glow of an afterlife: "A miraculous lacquer lay upon everything, beading each roadside twig, each reed of thatch in the cottage roofs, each tiny daisy trembling in the grass". All twenty-two of the stories in this collection - John Updike's eleventh, and his first in seven years - in various ways partake of this glow, as life beyond middle age is explored and found to have its own particular wonders, from omniscient golf caddies to prescient sexual rumors, from the deaths of mothers and brothers-in-law to the births of grandchildren. As death approaches, life takes on, for some of these ageing heroes, a translucence, a magical fragility; vivid memory and casual misperception lend the mundane an antic texture, and the backward view, lengthening, acquires a certain grandeur. Travel, whether to England or Ireland, Italy or the isles of Greece, heightens perceptions and tensions. As is usual in Mr. Updike's fiction, spouses quarrel, lovers part, children are brave, and houses with their decor have the presence of personalities. His is a world where innocence stubbornly persists, and fresh beginnings almost outnumber losses.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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August 1996 : USA Hardback

Title: The Afterlife
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-517-17083-3 / 978-0-517-17083-0 (USA edition)
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February 1995 : UK Hardback
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October 1994 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Afterlife and Other Stories
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January 1987 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Afterlife
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May 1987 : UK Leather Bound
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August 1996 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Afterlife: And Other Stories
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-449-91201-9 / 978-0-449-91201-0 (USA edition)
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March 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Afterlife: And Other Stories
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-14-024506-5 / 978-0-14-024506-6 (UK edition)
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September 1995 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Afterlife and Other Stories
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ISBN: 0-449-22391-4 / 978-0-449-22391-8 (USA edition)
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May 1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Afterlife: And Other Stories
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ISBN: 0-14-024505-7 / 978-0-14-024505-9 (UK edition)
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March 1995 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Afterlife and Other Stories
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-449-22416-3 / 978-0-449-22416-8 (USA edition)
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October 1994 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Afterlife and Other Stories
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-679-43657-X / 978-0-679-43657-7 (USA edition)
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Title: The Afterlife: And Other Stories
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