Picks and Pans Review: S.

updated 12/26/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/26/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

by John Updike

The great novelist uses a story of a liberated woman to deliver a sneakily misogynist message and uses the language of a religious commune to rip the sect business to shreds. Questions remain, however, about who is being hoist by whose petard in this sometimes nasty, sometimes just plain dull book.

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