John Dugdale

Too Old To Rebel

The Early Stories 1953-1975


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CONTAINING 103 STORIES, this gigantic collection runs from the tranquillised 1950s to the hectic 1970s, beginning with prepubescent boys nursing crushes on classmates and ending with divorcees adrift in their forties. With the pieces organised so that their heroes become steadily older, rather than in order of composition, the volume traces the seven ages of Updikean man in mid-life (school, college, early marriage, children, adultery, divorce, second bachelorhood), with a final miscellaneous section including more playful offerings.

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