The Coup Author:John Updike The Coup describes violent events in the imaginary African nation of Kush, a large, landlocked, drought-ridden, sub-Saharan country led by Colonel Hakim Félix Ellelloû. (“A leader,” writes Colonel Ellelloû, "is one who, out of madness or goodness, takes upon himself the woe of a people. There are few me... more »n so foolish.") Colonel Ellelloû has four wives, a silver Mercedes, and a fanatic aversion -- cultural, ideological, and personal -- to the United States. But the U.S. keeps creeping into Kush, and the repercussions of this incursion constitute the events of the novel. Colonel Ellelloû tells his own story -- always elegantly, and often in the third person -- from an undisclosed location in the South of France.« less
The absolute worst book I've ever read in its entirety. The only reason I read it, and finished it, was because it was written by Updike. Some people get so famous that nobody has the guts to tell them when they've done something terrible.