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In a different blog, we could spend some time taking apart Wells’ presumptions, oversimplifications and shrewd remark on the church post-Jesus. The one book I keep going back to.

My experience was heightened by editorial decisions in a way that I rarely notice. As strata of rock shift, your fingers elongate, and your teeth are distended sideways in a great underground grimace indistinguishable from a strip of chalk. Help us improve this article! Sometimes it’s good to not have any expectations. This dull ache–what I did, why I did it, what I should have done, and what now? The people characterizations often hilarious, even if mean. The cartoons are still much better These stories were published in the late s and early s in The New Yorker.

May 23, Vivienne Strauss rated it liked it.

Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories by John Updike

Battle Angel Alita Mars Chronicle 5. So, anyway, Chris got this from the library, and I was restless and couldn’t settle into my other two books, so I picked his up to see if I liked his writing style. Or I acquired a rhythm for his writing. The story is short, a gem-like vignette, and Updike has the tone, the psychology, and the speech of his characters just right. Sep 18, Pages. To ask other readers questions about Pigeon Feathers and Other Storiesplease sign up.


Stay in Touch Sign up. The Quintessential Quintuplets 1. For the Sake of Elena. His description of the area and peoples of this time is vibrant and detailed and often touching.

Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories

Here is a brief outline of some of the stories in the collection that I enjoyed: David updikee off their dialogue abruptly, then worries that he has hurt his mother. Books by John Updike.

I liked the last the best. Jul 25, Colin N.

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You can view today’s paper or previous issues. The three star rating should not be construed as a criticism of Updike’s writing. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.

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This is the first and only thing I’ve read by John Updike, and in all honesty, I would not have been able to tell you any fact about him before I read the little wee author blurb at the back of the book. But I decided that I shouldn’t judge such an esteemed American writer based on my tastes and opinions at age 19, so when I saw an extremely grubby and battered copy of Pigeon Feathers in with the paperbacks the Old Book Barn, I decided to give him another try.

Maybe I feaghers to read th The three star rating should not be construed as a criticism johj Updike’s writing. Many years ago, in college, I read one of Updike’s novels.

He got Calvino and I got Updike–introductions, both. The Collected Stories’ each Wednesday until I finish the collection or give up. Leaving aside the author’s parochial advantage over me–I have lived my life within arm’s reach of these predominantly Pennsylvanian settings–I was moved first and foremost by the centrality of memory in these tales.


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Pigeon Feathers

Also, Updike’s stories lay heavy with melancholy and loss–A love he can’t have, a updioe car ride, a faith that may be lost, a death that smells uncomfortably close. We hear talk now and then of a breakthrough in fiction, the achievement of a new attitude and hence a new method; something like that veathers close at hand in Pigeon Feathers.

Mark Twain, American humorist, journalist, lecturer, and novelist who acquired international fame for…. I do find Updike’s portrayal of David’s angst, and his feeling that that no one around him can help him with it, utterly convincing. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Growing Up Hohn in America.

Overall, I just wasn’t feeling this. I can’t remember which–maybe The Centaur? It’s Updike, the stories are going to be good. Prior to reading Adam Begley’s biography “Updike” out April 8 from HarperI wouldn’t have jhn as much on the family drama in the background of David’s terror. He or at least, his male narrators seemed completely unable to get under the surface and present them as full human beings, but instead wallowed in ruthless descriptions of their flesh–and not beautiful flesh, either, but a mixture of the unattractive and the fascinating.

It was a bit disappointing, considering the cover claims Updike is “the most talented writer of his age,” and t Wordy.