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by John Updike

eBook My Father's Tears and Other Stories download ISBN: 0307271560
Author: John Updike
Publisher: Knopf (June 2, 2009)
Language: English
Pages: 304
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Judith wandered a little away from us, gawky and pearly white in her bikini, picking up shells and gazing at the sea, aloof from the company of her parents and her siblings

Judith wandered a little away from us, gawky and pearly white in her bikini, picking up shells and gazing at the sea, aloof from the company of her parents and her siblings. Genevieve and Caleb began a sand castle.

John Updike’s first collection of new short fiction since the year 2000, My Father’s Tears finds the author in a valedictory mood as he mingles narratives of his native Pennsylvania with stories of New England suburbia and o. .

John Updike’s first collection of new short fiction since the year 2000, My Father’s Tears finds the author in a valedictory mood as he mingles narratives of his native Pennsylvania with stories of New England suburbia and of foreign travel. Personal Archaeology considers life as a sequence of half-buried layers.

My Father’s Tears and Other Stories. New York: Random/Ballantine. In his early books Updike seemed to treat sex as an erotic amusement park but in these last stories sex seems to be more plain, natural, and an important part of being human. Eighteen previously published stories of fifteen to twenty pages make up this posthumous collection. Aug 07, 2019 Heather Alderman rated it it was ok.

Other Stories by John UpdikeIn these short stories, the late John Updike reaches near perfection, says Simon Baker

The short story is a medium in which Updike excelled and in this collection of tales written mostly during the past decade, we read an author who continued to strive for freshness of expression after more than half a century of work. In the opening story, "Morocco", a bumbling American family struggle in the heat and unfamiliarity of their holiday location.

John Updike's first collection of new short fiction since the year 2000, My Father's Tears finds the author in a valedictory mood as he mingles narratives of his native Pennsylvania with stories of New England suburbia and of foreign travel.

John Updike's first collection of new short fiction since the year 2000, My Father's Tears finds the author in a valedictory mood as he mingles narratives of his native Pennsylvania with stories of New England suburbia and of foreign travel

In MY FATHER& TEARS, the author revisits his signature characters, places, and themes - Americans in.Updike stated at the dawn of his career an intention to publish one book a year, and advancing years have slowed down neither his production nor inventiveness.

In MY FATHER& 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 women for whom making peace with the past is now paramount. The Seattle Times called MY FATHER& TEARS & haunting collection& that & the melancholy of Chekhov, the romanticism of Wordsworth and the mournful spirit of Yeats&.

Two of the stories here feature a familiar Updike alter ego, David Kern, the boy who teetered on the brink of losing his faith all those years . My Father’s Tears’ and ‘Endpoint’: Arpeggios in John Updike’s Sunset MAY 25, 2009.

Two of the stories here feature a familiar Updike alter ego, David Kern, the boy who teetered on the brink of losing his faith all those years ago in Pigeon Feathers, now grown old and hesitant. Both are set in motion by Kern’s return to Olinger, first for a high school class reunion and then for a nearby conference. My Father’s Tears and Other Stories,’ by John Updike MAY 23, 2009.

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 himself

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 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 women for whom making peace with the past is now paramount. 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.

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John Updike’s first collection of new short fiction since the year 2000, My Father’s Tears finds the author in a valedictory mood as he mingles narratives of his native Pennsylvania with stories of New England suburbia and of foreign travel.“Personal Archaeology” considers life as a sequence of half-buried layers, and “The Full Glass” distills a lifetime’s happiness into one brimming moment of an old man’s bedtime routine. High-school class reunions, in “The Walk with Elizanne” and “The Road Home,” restore their hero to youth’s commonwealth where, as the narrator of the title story confides, “the self I value is stored, however infrequently I check on its condition.” Exotic locales encountered in the journeys of adulthood include Morocco, Florida, Spain, Italy, and India. The territory of childhood, with its fundamental, formative mysteries, is explored in “The Guardians,” “The Laughter of the Gods,” and “Kinderszenen.” Love’s fumblings among the bourgeoisie yield the tart comedy of “Free,” “Delicate Wives,” “The Apparition,” and “Outage.”In sum, American experience from the Depression to the aftermath of 9/11 finds reflection in these glittering pieces of observation, remembrance, and imagination.
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spark
This selection of 18 of John Updike's more recent short stories was chosen for our book club which is held some 12 miles from Shillington, PA in Berks County where Updike spent the first 18 years. Most of our good readers had never read any of Updike's outstanding prose or poetry. Focus was on five of these short fictions which dealt with 9/1l, Updike's 50th high school class reunion, and the fragility of ageing and dementia. This provided a good start to the author's style and a clear and vivid description of America in the second half of the twentieth century. The solar eclipse provided the background for our book club.

Updike knows the human condition so well and describes it as a reporter but is not judgmental. His novels gave him two Pulizter prizes and he should have received a Nobel Prize in Literature. Although each of the stories in this book can be easily read in one sitting, none has a true plot and may not be considered a short story. None of the stories that we read contained gratuitous sex, a frequent failing in his writing, with one exception. He describes four settings in a tale about the events leading to and including September 11, 20l1 in which two young terrorists first frequent a club in Florida featuring alcohol, poor American food, and pole dancing. Perhaps that was need to increase their resolve. One of his last books, The Terrorist, written in 2006, is recommended as a first novel as it fits in exactly to current events. Updike was an only child who grew up in an humble home with a high school math teacher and stay-at-home mom in rural Pennsylvania before graduating to Yale and Oxford. His writing, often semi-autobiographical, continues to be admired throughout the world.
Arcanefire
I'm more of a fan of Updike's short stories than his novels so "My Father's Tears" is tailor made for me.

Updike's last three published works- the novel "The Widows of Eastwick," his collection of poems "Endpoint" and this short story collection- all have the air of finality to them. They were musings on growing older, losing friends and coming to the end of one's life journey. But rather than being depressing, they are melancholy without being maudlin.

"My Father's Tears" is, with the exception of the first story, a collection of tales published after 2000. "Morocco," first published in the 70s, is a travelogue of the small, but not catastrophic, pitfalls that befall a family as they travel in a foreign land. The book then fast forwards through the decades; the characters in these late tales are trapped by their own personal histories, facing the dilemma that occurs when they realize that there isn't much more time ahead of them and the past weighs them down even though they realize it's futile to mourn the mistakes they once made.

One of my favorite tales in this collection is "Personal Archaeology," which manages to be affecting and sad while making me realize that once we're gone, things just continue. "My Father's Tears" is a great final story collection. I feel guilty for wanting anything more from Updike as he was more than prolific in his long career. RIP.
Burirus
Powerful, emotionally rich stories about the phase of life when the freshness of youthful discovery is replaced by the depth of memory. "A Walk with Elizanne" is terrific - 50th high school reunion sparks memory of a specific moment when something wonderful seemed possible between a boy and girl, but somehow it all slipped away. A meditation on growing older. "Free" a poignant story of an affair that ends but is never forgotten and a marriage that lives on. "Personal Archaeology" - the human, emotional associations of an old estate as experienced through its aging current owner.
Lightwind
Updike left us readers of his fiction with a final volume of short stories and poetry. "My Father's Tears" takes us on his final decade through the medium of the short story. This is a must read for his fans and highly recommended for a fiction reader wanting to discover one of the great masters of fiction in the past fifty years.
Rleillin
Nobody can refute Updike, one of the greatest writers of all times (sans Seneca). The stories are enjoyable, the words are something we all wish we could write to explain anything.
digytal soul
Well-written stories, some more interesting than others. If you are an Updike fan, the book will likely appeal to you.
Nuadora
Really interesting character studies. So many of these stories are emotionally stimulating and often provide insight into how one's actions can guide what they become and how they deal with life.
The last of the best- VARIETIES is amazing- From the last great American novelist of the 20th Century- And a GREAT gentleman (I met with him, several times- Very gracious, he was)- Sail on...