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JOHN UPDIKE : Of the Farm : FIRST US EDITION 1965 : Fine Copy in VG DW

JOHN UPDIKE : Of the Farm : FIRST US EDITION 1965 : Fine Copy in VG DW

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OF THE FARM

By John Updike

Published by Alfred A Knopf, New York, 1965. First US Edition. Hardback book with unclipped dust jacket. 173 pages.

CONDITION
A very good first UK edition. The dust jacket remains unclipped in price and is in very good condition with no tears. The jacket is now protected in a removable mylar sleeve to keep it in good condition. Boards and spine are good. Endpapers good. No names or writing. All pages clean throughout. Overall a very good first edition.

Of the Farm is a 1965 novel by the American author John Updike. Of the Farm was Updike's fourth novel.

The story concerns Joey Robinson, a divorced, thirty-five-year-old Manhattan advertising executive who visits his mother on her unfarmed farm in rural Pennsylvania. He has come with his new wife, Peggy and her son, Richard, a precocious eleven-year-old. The novel explores both Joey's relationship to his widowed mother, a flinty woman who reveres her farm, and to Peggy, a kind, sensual woman. Joey feels guilt for leaving his mother, and anger at her stubborn refusal to leave the farm, and anger at her from having uprooted his late father from the suburbs to move to the farm decades ago. Joey is buffeted by doubt, angst, and anger, and is pinballed between his dueling mother and Peggy.
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