Selected Stories: The Alligators, A & P, Pigeon Feathers, The Family Meadow, Witnesses, Separating (2020)

Selected Stories The Alligators A P Pigeon Feathers The Family Meadow Witnesses Separating John Updike reads six stories he has selected from the hundred odd he has published AP recounting a moral crisis on the checkout counter is his most anthologized story Pigeon Feathers the longest
  • Title: Selected Stories: The Alligators, A & P, Pigeon Feathers, The Family Meadow, Witnesses, Separating
  • Author: John Updike
  • ISBN: 9780307702548
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Audio
  • John Updike reads six stories he has selected from the hundred odd he has published AP , recounting a moral crisis on the checkout counter, is his most anthologized story Pigeon Feathers, the longest story included, tells of a fourteen year old boy s fear of death and the answer he finds The Family Meadow describes a piece of America, a picnic reunion in New JersJohn Updike reads six stories he has selected from the hundred odd he has published AP , recounting a moral crisis on the checkout counter, is his most anthologized story Pigeon Feathers, the longest story included, tells of a fourteen year old boy s fear of death and the answer he finds The Family Meadow describes a piece of America, a picnic reunion in New Jersey The Witnesses and The Alligators both deal with love, as felt by a middle aged man and a fifth grade boy Separating recounts the June day when Richard and Joan Maple separate, in front of their four children.Mr Updike, when asked to described his method of reading aloud, said I try to picture the things describes, and to speak the words distinctly, and to let the emotion come through on its own The method works beautifully.
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    One Reply to “Selected Stories: The Alligators, A & P, Pigeon Feathers, The Family Meadow, Witnesses, Separating”

    1. A beautiful collection of Updike s short stories that would have been raised to an even higher level if they had been read by a professional actor I tend to avoid read by the author audiotapes because authors generally do not have the voice techniques and phrasing skills to bring the material to life Audio books are one part performance and one part material A great performer can raise mediocre material to a high level, and an amature performer can drag the material down, which is what happened [...]

    2. Read by Updike himself, the stories are excellent Pigeons Feathers goes on a little long and can drag a bit, and the Family Meadow is of a landscape painting in words rather than a true story, but the others are superb AP and The Alligators have always been two of my favorite of Updike s stories, and both are included here An author can learn a great deal about writing by listening to these stories, including how terribly far away from greatness that he or she is.

    3. AP is the best known story in the collection, but every story holds up to my favorite Pigeon Feathers is an absolutely earnest story questioning the existence of God from the perspective of a young boy on the cusp of adolescence A good companion piece to that story is Fitzgerald s Absolution Separating is a strong story to end All around beautiful writing that is as strong as his novels.

    4. I enjoyed the final realization in Pigeon Feathers but the whole thing was so boring I know he s a Pulitzer Prize winner but he s not really my style.

    5. Updike s excessively earnest readings may betray the essential subtleties of his stories, but it s pretty pardonable given that he gave us the stories in the first place.

    6. the separationkind of a twisted and complicated ending was a bit difficult to read but liked it the way that parent handled the situation and treated their kids

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