John Updike ¾ 0 SUMMARY DOWNLOAD ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¾ John Updike SUMMARY Ù My Father's Tears and Other Stories “Drinking a toast to the visible world his impending disappearance from it be damned” That’s how John Updike describes one of his elderly protagonists in this his final collection of short stories He might have been writing about. 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 generation 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 the younger generation and explaining how superior mine was ugh the cycle of life is cruel well updike croaked this year and this is his last collection of stories it s wonderful sad and elegaic and gentle one of his best and i ll take the stodgy white male over most of these young whippersnappers running up the scene these days lemme explain in Personal Archaeology a guy wanders around the large yard surrounding his country house and takes stock of the place s history by what he sees shards of teacups encrusted into hard soil conjures images of a young girl thirty years earlier hastily burying a broken teacup before mom gets back home mason jars in the shed bring to life their original owners who lived in the house nearly a century ago through this simple device updike is able to make universal that which is so banal and ordinary that we hardly consider it but also so mysterious and ineffable that when it does come up we find ourselves eye to eye with the abyss the subjectivity of human existence and experience y know what i mean the born alone die alone thing the seeking out people to share experience with but always having the nagging feeling that as much as you try as deep as you go you can never truly convey the ineffable uniueness of what it feels like to be you or ever truly know another humanit s almost unbearable to feel existence so powerfully to feel the wonderful and mad crush of confusion and happiness and melancholy to feel alive in a world of music and flesh and ideas and wonder if anyone truly understands it the way you do so we write and we read and we learn that other people do feel this shit and they ve been feeling it way back before homer was writing and they ll be feeling it up until the world goes pop and while we never can know if what i m seeing when i say green is the same as what you re seeing or what i m feeling when i say love is the same as what you re feeling the investigation isn t wholly arid it does lighten the burden of existenceso updike there are not many writers better at conveying the sense of what it means and feels to be here to be alive to be alive right now to exist on earth with a brain a heart eyes a cockcunt a soul and there certainly aren t many writers better at putting across the sense that despite all of this most human interaction is marked by botched attempt and missed opportunity now get off my damn lawn and turn down that music
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John Updike ¾ 0 SUMMARY DOWNLOAD ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¾ John Updike SUMMARY Ù My Father's Tears and Other Stories 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?. 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 exception I think his main point was that people reveal deep emotional secrets and a picture of authentic selves when they step out of normal life and enter 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 early books Updike seemed to treat sex as an erotic amusement park but in these last stories sex seems to be plain natural and an important part of being human In this collection is my favorite of all of Updike s stories which is A Walk with Elizanne the best high school reunion story ever writtenJohn Updike ¾ 0 SUMMARY
John Updike ¾ 0 SUMMARY DOWNLOAD ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¾ John Updike SUMMARY Ù My Father's Tears and Other Stories 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.
- My Father's Tears and Other Stories
- John Updike
- 13 September 2020