Title: Toward the End of Time
Publication Date: 1997
Book Condition: Fine+
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine+
Edition: First Edition; First Printing.
1.5 x 8 x 5.4 Inches; 334 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 82993
Synopsis: Ben Turnbull, the hero of John Updike's eighteenth novel, is a sixty-six-year-old retired investment counselor living north of Boston in the year 2020. A recent war between the United States and China has thinned the population and brought social chaos. The dollar has been locally replaced by Massachusetts scrip; instead of taxes, one pays protection money to competing racketeers. Nevertheless, Ben's life, traced by his journal entries over the course of a year, retains many of its accustomed comforts, as supervised by his vibrant wife, Gloria. He plays golf; he pays visits to his five children and ten grandchildren. Something of a science buff, he finds his personal history caught up in the disjunctions and vagaries of the "many-worlds hypothesis derived from the indeterminacy of quantum theory. His identity branches into variants extending back through history and ahead in the evolution of the universe, as both it and his own mortal, nature-enshrouded existence move toward the end of time.
About the Author: John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker, to which he has contributed poems, short stories, essays, and book reviews. Since 1957 he has lived in Massachusetts. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
This bookseller accepts the following methods of payment:
AbeBooks Bookseller Since: 20 August 2001
Can only accept a Check, Cash or Money Order in the USA. Credit card customers will be accepted by ABE Commerce.
Orders usually ship within 2-7 business days. Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.
Store Description: Simply Mail Books specializes in new and used hardbacks and paperbacks books that are in fine to very good condition. We also excell at lst Editions or first printings (originals). We have well over 60,000 volumes of books to choose from. A sample of our selection includes romance, mystery, suspense, young adult, horror, insprirational, general fiction, fantasy, science fiction, collectibles, etc. At Simply Mail Books we believe in satisfying our customers through the quality of our books and the honesty and integrity of our service. Check Us Out and discover a book friend.