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My Father's Tears and Other Stories by John Updike
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Apr 08, 2010

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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 not relate, but it is on the Pulitzer List so I gave it a shot. But the end, I felt like I was creating some of the stories.... dreaming them really, so 3 stars for the cosmic trip. If I were a middle age man who was born in the 30s and grew up in rural Pennsylvania I probably would have given it 5.

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