James Wood: John Updike’s Licks of Love
19 April 2001
Show More Licks of Love: Short Stories and a Sequel, ‘Rabbit Remembered’ by John Updike.
Hamish Hamilton, 368 pp., £16.99, March 2001, 9780241141298Show More
“... astounding, even by Updike’s standards. In ‘Natural Colour’, Frank, stuck in his flavourless marriage (‘he had opted for a wife, and a wife she was, no less or more’), recalls an old flame, Maggie, and an earlier life of real and desired adulteries: ‘Driving back from taking the babysitter home, Frank would pass darkened houses where husbands he knew were lying in bed, head to murmuring head ...”