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Of the characters So in a sense these stories are depressing since they are all about scaped happiness longing loss of meaning these stories are depressing since they are all about Lawman Lover (Outlaws, escaped happiness longing loss of meaning love and so forth But isn t that how life turns out ultimately for any thoughtful person There is a sense of sharp self recognition in the reader The characters are so alive and the writing so lyrical that one becomes deeply immersed Marveling at the writing I sometimes got stuck re reading a single paragraph for a half hour Forxample The worst seemed to be over when in mid afternoon his computer died under his City Girl in Training eyes The financial figures he had been painstakingly assembling swooned as a group sucked into the dead blank screen like glittering water pulled down a drain Around him the house seemed to sigh as all its lights and littlengines its computerized timers and indicators simultaneously shut down The sound of wind and rain lashing the trees outside infiltrated the silence The omniscient narrator is strong ven intrusive so much so that it is difficult to read than two or three of the stories at a stretch without that narrator becoming tedious Likewise the sets become claustrophobic the tone aridly cognitive intellectual and all the characters and locations start to blend into just a few archetypes The stories are therefore best read in short bursts separated by a day of restNearly all the stories are third person past tense omniscient a form that facilitates a strong narrative voice One written from the point of view of a young boy is third person present tense which struck me as awkward and contrived but maybe that s just because It Is Less Common is less common story about the attacks of 9 11 switches among several points of view from a grandfather watching the towers fall to one of the hijackers on Flight 93 into Pennsylvania All the stories are masterpieces goddammit i m getting old i still behave like a hyperactive mentally disabled twenty three year old but at thirty five i already have old fuck syndrome by which i mean that i loathe my at thirty five i already have old fuck syndrome by which i mean that i loathe my all out of proportion if i read another one of these cutesy assholes writing about the pains it takes to make the perfect mixed CD i m gonna cut my legs off with a steak knife shitty thing is that in thirty years i m gonna be crapping all over th I have rarely read short stories that made me so reflective I would read one savor it for days and then move on List of John Updike short stories contained in this bookMOROCCOPERSONAL ARCHAEOLOGYFREETHE WALK WITH ELIZANNETHE GUARDIANSTHE LAUGHTER OF THE GODSVARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCESPANISH PRELUDE TO A SECOND MARRIAGEDELICATE WIVES THE ACCELERATING EXPANSION OF THE UNIVERSEGERMAN LESSONSTHE ROAD HOMEMY FATHER S TEARSKINDERSZENENTHE APPARITIONBLUE LIGHTOUTAGE THE FULL GLASS I picked this up to complete a book challenge but was also really looking forward to reading these short stories by Updike I njoyed the first story but then ach of the subseuent stories felt like a similar version of the first All the stories had a semi autobiographical feel to them but with different names and very slightly different characters. Men for whom making peace with the past is now paramount The Seattle Times called My Father’s Tears “a haunting collection” that “echoes the melancholy of Chekhov the romanticism of Wordsworth and the mournful spirit of Yeats?. My Father's Tears and Other Stories

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This is by far the weakest of the Updike books I have read The themes are familiar memories of youth aging lust infidelity late second marriages guilt over the collapse of the first long marriage that begat children death and insignificance Updike seemed to be The Husband (Smytheshire, Massachusetts, eternally atoning for the breakup of his first marriage as he neared thend of his days as vinced in this posthumously published collectionExcept for the 911 piece Varieties of Religious Experience which is narrated from the points of view of the victim the perpetrator and the bystander left with the legacy none of the stories are powerful nough to An Italian Education engage A footnote on the 911 piece Updike did a thoroughxamination of this theme in his novel Terrorist which I ENJOYED THE STORIES SET IN SPAIN The stories set in Spain India and outside the familiar US East Coast milieu fail to Protecting the Colton Bride Coltons Cowboy Code excite as they are focused on the internal uest of the narrator and are not integrated with thexotic locales The opening story set in Morocco and written back in 1969 makes such an Look-Alike Lawman (Texas Twins, effort at integration butnds up reading like a travelogue The normally fluid writing of Updike seems to have developed a different rhythm and I had to re read some of the longer sentences to fall back into the flowIt appeared to me on concluding this book that this collection of stories had been assembled to reflect the last days of the great author what he was pre occupied with at the time what he regretted not having accomplished and what he had witnessed during his career It s a pity that the normally punchy prose had given way to a languid musing with a reluctance to xcite the senses lest that be too to a languid musing with a reluctance to xcite the senses lest that be too for the fragile health of the aging author It was as if the tired Rabbit Angstrom had finally returned home to his hutch to rest after bopping vigorously around the neighborhood for a very long time I have not read Updike before but this collection seems a rather transparent recollection of his own short stories Here is a reminiscence of travel of how ambivalent families and places can make one feels of loves come and go of id and go in battles of how memories can be grand and insignificant all the same Here and there as it is unavoidable of a recollection you sniff a what if And how comforting for the soul that the mind can offer such an alternative I love Updike so it was sad reading his last book of short stories These seem so personal that they must be at least half autobiographical Many take places in Pennsylvania where he was born and featured characters in the last part of their lives Updike stories always show off his great vocabulary concise and vivid descriptions and lusty characters He was interested in sex and illicit relationships all of his life and these stories are no xception I think his main point was that people reveal deep Snowy River Man emotional secrets and a picture of authentic selves when they step out of normal life andnter an affair No doubt that Updike like most guys thought about sex all the time but what made him different was his masterful ability to write about it In his Night Moves (Harlequin Blaze early books Updike seemed to treat sex as anrotic amuseme. “Drinking a toast to the visible world his impending disappearance from it be damned” That’s how John Updike describes one of his lderly protagonists in this his final collection of short stories He might have been writing about. Nt park but in these last stories sex seems to Be Plain Natural And An Important Part Of Being Human plain natural and an important part of being human this collection is my favorite of all of Updike s stories which is A Walk with Elizanne the best high school reunion story ver written I read this for a book group It s not a book I would ve chosen on my own I thought it got off to a good start with the first story but subseuent stories seemed to be too much of the same settings and themes over and over Only boy children raised duringafter the Depression by parents and grandparents infidelity in the 1960s sometimes divorce distance from their children It was kind of boring although the guy is great at descriptive writing You can picture Malakai (Wicked Games, everything but after a while you just don t care to Lamenting the prospect of no Updike I wasxcited when I inadvertently discovered this collection of short stories I thoroughly njoyed But Cannot Say That I Loved The Volume Which Was cannot say that I loved the volume which was with characteristic insights into the human condition but without any real knockout tales just literate intelligent vintage Updike musings The last story The Full Glass nds in light of Updike s demise with a toast to the visible world the toaster s impending disappearance from it be damned bringing a little mist but only a little to my over sentimental Celtic Fire (Rogue Angel, eyesStill like a schoolboy delivering a book report I must say to all Updike fans thatveryone should read this book if only to reach the nd of reminiscences of Updike s life in Alton and the after years that followed Proustian Reflections on American LifeUpdike John 2009 My Father s Tears and Other Stories New York RandomBallantineEighteen previously published stories of fifteen to twenty pages make up this posthumous collection Each one is a gem not a bad one among them and that is all the remarkable because they are superficially about the most mundane aspects of veryday life in America in the twentieth century Characters go to the store or a dinner party a class reunion or have a family vacation in Spain or join a tour group in India High drama A Family Practice ensues when one character holds a glance a moment too long or thelectricity goes out at home during a storm or a character visits his dermatologist All the action all the drama is on the inside In most cases the main character reminisces about life and love time and death and longs cases the main character reminisces about life and love time and death and longs meanings that never appeared The main characters are nearly all adult males most older retired or A Doctor in Her Stocking (From Here to Maternity elderly They remember fumbling through marriages affairsand divorces They are generally alone now isolated divorced feeling dissatisfied and perplexed facing irrelevance meaninglessness and death A couple of main characters are young boys who describe confusing impoverished childhoods in the Depression as they try to find meaning inxperience and describe the often pathetic old people that populate their lives In most stories the settings are suffocating New England towns where Celebrity Bachelor emotions are locked up by traditional roles and relationships In a big city setting we see nothing of wild creative chaos but only the staidmotionally constricted lives. Himself In My Father’s Tears the author revisits his signature characters places and themes Americans in suburbs cities and small towns grappling with faith and infidelity in a gallery of portraits of his aging generation men and wo.


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