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A Month of Sundays by John Updike
In this antic riff on Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter, the Reverend Tom Marshfield, a latter-day Arthur Dimmesdale, is sent west from his Midwestern parish in sexual disgrace. At a desert retreat dedicated to rest, recreation, and spiritual renewal, this fourtyish serial fornicator is required to keep a journal whose thirty-one weekly entries constitute the book you now hold in your hand. In his wonderfully overwrought style he lays bare his soul and his past—his marriage to the daughter of his ethics professor, his affair with his organist, his antipathetic conversations with his senile father and his bisexual curate, his golf scores, his poker hands, his Biblical exegeses, and his smouldering desire for the directress of the retreat, the impregnable Ms. Prynne. A testament for our times.
A hardcover edition with sky blue boards, gilt lettering and clipped dust jacket. There is foxing and toning throughout but the text is clear and legible. There is a very slight fading to the edges of the book. There is a tiny tear on the front page and a tear with a piece missing on the forward page. The dustjacket has some rubbing along the inside fold of the DJ and a small water? stain in the top middle front cover. Priced accordingly.
Now in a clear, removable cover to protect from further damage.
Publisher: Andre Deutsch, London.
Publication Date: 1975.
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