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My Father's Tears and Other Stories John Updike

My Father's Tears and Other Stories By John Updike

My Father's Tears and Other Stories by John Updike


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Summary

A collection of short stories that include Fiftieth, The Full Glass, and Varieties of Religious Experiences.

My Father's Tears and Other Stories Summary

My Father's Tears and Other Stories by John Updike

A beautiful, moving collection of short stories, in many of which Updike revisits the haunts of his childhood from the vantage point of old age. In Fiftieth old friends reconnect at a class reunion, and one of them is left wondering, 'What does it mean: the enormity of having been children and now being old, living next to death.' In the story The Full Glass the protagonist describes somewhat ruefully the rituals of old age. Before going to bed, he raises his nightly water glass 'drinking a toast to the visible world, his impending disappearance from it be damned.' In Varieties of Religious Experiences a grandfather, visiting his daughter in Brooklyn Heights, watches the tower of the World Trade Centre fall, and his view of a God is forever altered. Again and again in these memorable stories, Updike strikes to the heart, giving words to what is so often left unsaid. He is at once witty, devastatingly observant, touching - and, of course, a consummate storyteller. This is a collection that will be admired and cherished.

My Father's Tears and Other Stories Reviews

'Updike remains a literary phenomenon ... no contemporary prose writer handles language as beautifully' Irish Times 'Updike is the master' - Sunday Telegraph 'The earth becomes heavenly when Updike writes about it' Observer

About John Updike

John Updike was born in 1932 in Shillington, Pennsylvania, and died in January 2009. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of the New Yorker and after 1957 lived in Massachusetts until his death. His novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the American Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Award, and the Howells Medal.

Additional information

GOR002224190
9780241144596
0241144590
My Father's Tears and Other Stories by John Updike
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Penguin Books Ltd
20090702
304
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