Giving Blood

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Updike

Narrated By: Peter Van Norden

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: July 2014

Duration: 0 hours 28 minutes

Summary:

The Maples Stories consists of eighteen classic stories from across John Updike’s career, forming a luminous chronicle of the life and times of one marriage in all its rich emotional complexity. In 1956, Updike published the story “Snowing in Greenwich Village,” about a young couple, Joan and Richard Maple, at the beginning of their marriage. Over the next two decades, he returned to these characters again and again, tracing their years together raising children, finding moments of intermittent happiness, and facing the heartbreak of infidelity and estrangement.

This third story in the collection finds Richard and Joan Maple in their ninth year of marriage. A brilliant metaphor full of irony and eloquent prose, “Giving Blood” reveals to listeners a hint of the tension and verbal lacerations that are slowly but surely causing the destruction of a marriage.

“The stories are full of striking passages…and Updike’s rich prose, his rhythmic, acute, fertile, and, at times, even somewhat glutting use of language.”—Guardian on The Maples Stories

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