My Father's Tears and Other Stories

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 oJohn 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.
My Father s Tears and Other Stories John Updike s first collection of new short fiction since the year My Father s Tears finds the author in a valedictory mood as he mingles narratives of his native Pennsylvania with stories of Ne

  • Title: My Father's Tears and Other Stories
  • Author: John Updike
  • ISBN: 9780307271563
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. 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 ho [...]

    2. Invecchiando, miglioraL'Updike dei primo romanzi, divertiti e sarcastici è maturato in questa ultima raccolta e propone due o tre racconti molto belli. Epurati. Come se, invecchiando, Updike si fosse accorto che non aveva dato l'essenziale. Qui, in alcune pagine, va al cuore della sua vita. Pochi elementi, alcune figure (sempre le stesse: il padre, la madre, un matrimonio che muore, un bambino che lo percepisce) si stagliano, limpide, in racconti liberati dagli ornamenti superflui.

    3. 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 eternally atoning for the breakup of his first marriage as he neared the end of his days, as evinced in this posthumously published collection.Except for the 9/11 piece “Varieties of Religious Experience,” which is narrated fro [...]

    4. Lamenting the prospect of no more Updike, I was excited when I inadvertently discovered this collection of short stories. I thoroughly enjoyed, but cannot say that I loved the volume, which was filled 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," ends -- in light of Updike's demise -- with a "toast to the visible world," the toaster's "impending disappearance from it [...]

    5. 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 subsequent stories seemed to be too much of the same settings and themes over and over. Only-boy children, raised during/after 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 everything but after a while [...]

    6. 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 ego 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.

    7. I have rarely read short stories that made me so reflective. I would read one, savor it for days, and then move on.

    8. მოთხრობების უმეტესობა აპდაიკის ახალგაზრდობის მოგონებებია. მოხუცი რომ ვიყო შეიძლება 5 ვარსკვლავიც დამეწერა. ჯერ ქონდეს 3 :D

    9. 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 [...]

    10. MY FATHER’S TEARS, and other stories. (2009). John Updike. ****.John Updike passed away in 2009 so I have to assume that this would have been his last collection of short stories. He was a masterful short story writer. He didn’t employ any tricks; he was not an O’Henry or an Ambrose Bierce. He was more like a man you might sit down next to on a train and strike up a conversation with. His characters soon begin telling you their life story as encapsulated in a short event, and you listen. T [...]

    11. Proustian Reflections on American LifeUpdike, John (2009). My Father’s Tears and Other Stories. New York: Random/Ballantine.Eighteen 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 more remarkable because they are superficially about the most mundane aspects of everyday life in America in the twentieth century. Characters go to the store or a dinner party, a class reunion, or have a [...]

    12. Most of these I must have read in The New Yorker originally, but the only one I recalled is "The Guardians," which still stands out as pretty much the best—absolutely mind-blowing. "The Apparition," which takes place among American tourists in India, is also superb, and the last line is like a punch in the stomach. Both, like most of these stories, deal with the connection between sex and death in the male brain/mind/Weltanschauung, which is also as I take it the underlying theme of all Updike [...]

    13. As intimate and confessional an assortment of narrators as Updike ever conjured up. Some not likeable, others not trustworthy. AS can be expected, these tales are redolent of familiar sound, taste, see, smell and touch. Updike seizes hold of our nerve endings and tantalizes the brain to interpret this neurologic input: what to make of seeing a garment worn askew, what the feel of a barefoot gambol on grass tells of the past, how a whiff of fragrance can become freighted with long-forgotten assoc [...]

    14. This book was not written for me. (I am of the wrong generation, even my parents are of the wrong generation, and I am not a middle class male from rural Pennsylvania.) However, the writing is hypnotic. As I read the stories, I felt as if I were in a gentle whirlpool, on language. The stories have so many overlaps that it feels like continuations from one to the other. It is is if you gently snag one story into the other and draw a new plot line.At the beginning I did not like this book. I could [...]

    15. Updike had an interesting view of the world. He lived in a world of trolley cars and old houses in the midst of suburban transformation. His writings often look back to the 30's and 40's and he likes his protagonist to be an older man remembering his childhood. I am especially drawn to some of his sharp commentary on life - "It is easy to love people in memory; the hard thing is to love them when they are there in front of you." An interesting set of stories and a nice read.

    16. Disappointing. I haven't much cared for his work as a whole, but I did greatly admire his use of the language in an earlier collection. In this he seems prolix and repetitive and preoccupied with his own navel.

    17. One of the last collection of stories from one of America's finest storyteller. Beautiful sentences you want to read over and over. "Personal Archaeolgy" was my favorite story. This is a must read for any Updike fan. I really miss him!

    18. The prose the narrative it really is something else."Varieties of Religious Experience."And "The Accelerating Expansion of the Universe."Will stay with me for a while.All the stories are good.

    19. Updike is the ultimate storyteller and weaves a delicate and bittersweet thread through all these stories that will stay with you long after you close the book.

    20. Jesus, what a huge bore this was to read. I won’t say that Updike is out of touch but just that whoever he is trying to touch isn’t anyone I recognize. I think he spent too many years in the sterile environment of the New Yorker to have anything to say to anyone outside of his microscopic world.I’m a bit ashamed to admit this but I wanted to hate this collection of John Updike stories. They are just about exactly what I expected from having read some of his novels. For the most part these [...]

    21. I probably shouldn't have read this, Updike's last collection, first.I found the nostalgic tone overwhelming and felt that the descriptions went on perhaps a bit too long.That being said, Updike constructs some beautiful images and sentimental sentences. I really came to appreciate the gentle optimism demonstrated in these later life tales.I also had no idea that the classic author lived into the 21st Century.I think I'll read his first novel nextNotable Stories• The Guardians - the most succi [...]

    22. Couldn't bring myself to finish it after the first couple stories. The writing style was amazing and the imagery was vivid but I agree with other reviews that say that it's the same story again and again and again. Maybe I'll give it a try later in my life.

    23. A good read The stories start off slow, but eventually grow on you. Without having fantastic tales of murder, sex or betrayal the stories were nevertheless still riveting in their prose and in their detail and passion.

    24. From my blog: readsreadingIn my late 20’s, I read the first two novels of John Updike's Rabbit Run novels. Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom is a former basketball star bouncing between youth and adulthood in post WWII America. At age 26, Rabbit abandons his wife and young son and moves in with a prostitute. Updike depicts a world of immature characters, endless lust, serial adultery, and permanent personal isolation.Though Updike’s writing captivated me, his characters angered me. They were neith [...]

    25. Updike, John, MY FATHER’S TEARS, and other stories (2009), read 12-2011 A wonderful and moving collection of short stories which appeared the same year that John Updike died at age 77. They are told from the point of view of old men who both look back on their lives while simultaneously living in the present and in the last story, “The Full Glass”, appropriately enough, look forward to their demise. Victorian writers, someone said, wrote only about sex and death, and that could as well des [...]

    26. It has taken me a little more than a couple of months to finish - not even all of the 18 stories in this collection. This was Updike's last instalment in the publishing industry, and whether he knew it or not, (though I would be surprised that someone with his lucid awareness would've been caught by death unaware,) that solemn realization of a certain end arriving much later than he had anticipated, was becoming all too near. And that knowledge seeped in all these stories, and snagged at the tur [...]

    27. Here's an excerpt of a review from a fellow Goodreader"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 uniqueness of what it feels like to be ‘you’. or ever truly know another human. it’s almost unbearable to feel existence so powerfully, to feel the wonderful and mad crush of confusion and happiness and me [...]

    28. I picked up the Updike book following a review in a recent New York Review of Books. J&R have spoken his praises for ages and I have always felt I was missing something in not being able to appreciate his prose. Over the years I keep trying to enjoy authors like Updike but always find myself unable to appreciate what others see. Indeed most of the time I find it difficult to finish any of the books I have ever started. So a collection of short stories seemed the perfect vehicle to see if I c [...]

    29. "La vecchiaia è una brutta bestia."Ho trascinato stancamente questo libro per mesi. Continuavo a ripetermi che non mi piaceva, che era lento, noioso e ripetitivo e che poi in fondo io ero ancora giovane! Già, perchè era proprio questo il problema: riconoscere nei meccanismi mentali che muovevano i personaggi gli stessi meccanismi che sentivo pian piano innescarsi nella mia mente. Non è facile accettare il tempo che passa, e tutto va bene finchè non te ne accorgi: semplicemente non ci pensi! [...]

    30. In a way this was a frustrating book. It is a while since I read any Updike and this collection of short stories has reminded me of what has ended with his death. I loved his Rabbit novels - you could almost smell the male but un-macho sweat. This collection does seem to follow on logically, being much (but not entirely) about the experience of old age. Many of the stories have linking elements. Varieties of Religious Experience was an excruciatingly painful read about 9/11. Initially I baulked [...]

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