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After the event ended, I asked him, again, why he had given me the book, to which he replied he wanted me to read it. I decided to read this anthology because I recently heard the sportswriter Frank Fitzpatrick speak about his passion for Updike, and it spurred me to pick up “Pigeon Feathers.

In contrast to the solemn tone used in the story, I felt rather happy with myself after finishing it. But that doesn’t mean I have to like him.

Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories

Mar 29, James rated it really liked it Shelves: I read the whole book in one day, which made me a little quiet and maudlin and introspective, and made it a little hard to sit through the boring parts of Anything Goeswhich I had tickets to the same day I read this, so maybe in the future, I’d take it one story at a time. He is very unlike those, who love to show off their unconventional ways; who, in their frenzy of establishing themselves as ‘unique’ people, forget to enjoy the simplicity of life.

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Here is a brief outline of some of the stories in the collection that I enjoyed: But mostly I do. Updike blew me away. And his writing itself is flawless, using syntax and diction, metaphor and pace, in a way that is almost magical; his is a virtuoso literary performance.

Reading the John Updike stories: ‘Pigeon Feathers’

The last two short stories in this collection consisted of what seemed to be random subjects strung together for no apparent reason. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.

But Updike’s brand of hyperrealism struck a chord with me in a new and thrilling way. Charles Dickens, English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era. Playing for the Ashes. At that time I decided that I liked the cartoons much better. Recommended Reading Happy Bloomsday!

Keep Exploring Britannica Mark Twain. Our weekly round-up of author visits and book events New York Times best sellers list. After I read the first story, I said to Chris, “Wow, he’s really good at writing short stories!

Describing his subject as “the American small town, Protestant middle class,” Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, havin John Hoyer Updike was an American writer.

See 1 question about Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories…. You know why I think it took me so long to read the book? And it’s found in a pigeon’s feathers. It’s Updike, the stories are going to be good. And mostly I’m just plain envious that he said it all before I could. Nevertheless it is a good collection and a vivid snapshot of American life.


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I’ve started a number of his books over the years and I don’t think I finished any of them. But now I have a grudging respect for his talent, too.

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Updike’s recent death sent me back to the first book of his that I ever read – and loved on the spot. The cartoons are still much better These stories were published in pgieon late s and early s in The New Yorker. At best we can approximate this level of introspection after the fact. Like other national literatures, American literature was shaped by the history of the country that produced it.

Under the Feet of Jesus. His insights into human drama were quite sharp and often brought me to mutter, “Oh yeah.