Toward the End of Time

Toward the End of Time

Book - 1997
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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.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, c1997.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375400063
Branch Call Number: Fic Updi
Characteristics: 334 p. ; 21 cm.


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Dec 09, 2014

rambling... not enough about the new order of things. All in his head.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 26, 2014

A retired Boston investment counselor and his wife try to cope with the social chaos resulting from a U.S. war with China. The year is 2020 and protection money is paid instead of taxes!


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