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Home John Updike The Afterlife: And Other Stories. Carter felt, however, unembarrassed, and supernaturally serene. The world to which he had awoken, from the English details of the orange-juice-less, marmalade-laden breakfast set before him to the muddy green windswept landscape framed in the thick-sashed and playfully various windows, reminded him of children’s books he had read over fifty years ago, and had the charm of the timeless.

Short Stories & Anthologies. With his small mirages, his puddles left by both the heroic and the damned, Updike can turn the simple, misguided efforts of a man into a signature of song. these tales evoke a certain peace and a definite wonder at what an astonishingly graceful writer Updike i. - USA Today.

To Carter Billings, the hero of John Updike's title story, all of England has the glow of an afterlife: A miraculous lacquer .

To Carter Billings, the hero of John Updike's title story, all of England has the glow of an afterlife: A miraculous lacquer lay upon everything. All twenty-two of the stories in this collection-John Updike’s eleventh, and his first in seven years-in various ways partake of this glow, as life beyond middle age is explored and found to have its own particular wonders, from omniscient golf caddies to precinct sexual rumors, from the deaths of mothers and brothers-in-law to the births of grandchildren.

To Carter Billings, the hero of John Updike's title story, all of England has the glow of an afterlife: "A miraculous .

To Carter Billings, the hero of John Updike's title story, all of England has the glow of an afterlife: "A miraculous lacquer lay upon everything, beading each roadside twig, each reed of thatch in the cottage roofs, each tiny daisy trembling in the grass. All twenty-two of the stories in this collection - John Updike's eleventh, and his first in seven years - in various ways partake of this glow, as life beyond middle age is explored and found to have its own particular wonders, from omniscient golf caddies to prescient sexual rumors, from the deaths of mothers and.

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Start by marking The Afterlife and Other Stories as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. First the positive: John Updike definitely knew how to use words to evoke mental pictures and feelings of all kinds in the reader. The detailed beauty of his words made you see objects and situations in a new light. Now the puzzling: Updike was in his 60's when this book was published, so I assume that these stories were written at about that time in his life.

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A fantastic short story collection from critically acclaimed and bestselling author John Updike. The Afterlife and Other Stories. Publisher Description. A fantastic short story collection from critically acclaimed and bestselling author John Updike.

John Updike was the author of more than sixty books, eight of them collections of poetry. His novels, including The Centaur, Rabbit Is Rich, and Rabbit at Rest, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died in January 2009.

To Carter Billings, the hero of John Updike’s title story, all of England has the glow of an afterlife: A miraculous . Unabridged Selections: The Man Who Became a Soprano, The Afterlife, The Other Side of the Street, Farrell’s Caddie, Grandparenting.

To Carter Billings, the hero of John Updike’s title story, all of England has the glow of an afterlife: A miraculous lacquer lay upon everything . By John Updike Read by John Updike. Category: Literary Fiction.

"QUINTESSENTIAL UPDIKE...These tales are elegies for lost youth and receding passions."--The New York Times"If one trait can account for John Updike's staying power, it is the man's exquisite grasp of ordinary miracles....With his small mirages, his puddles left by both the heroic and the damned, Updike can turn the simple, misguided efforts of a man into a signature of song."--The Boston Globe"MARVELOUSLY MOVING...These tales evoke a certain peace and a definite wonder at what an astonishingly graceful writer Updike is."--USA Today"John Updike has rarely written more affectingly, more from the center of his being....This collection is about the passing of generations, and the way that passing leaves people marooned....Reviewing a novel of Vladimir Nabokov in 1964, Mr. Updike said, 'He writes prose the only way it should be written--that is, ecstatically.' That ecstasy is evident on every page of THE AFTERLIFE."--The New York Times Book Review"These are first-rate stories, thoughtful and wise."--The Cleveland Plain DealerAN ALTERNATE SELECTION OF THE BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB

Comments: (7)

Aver
It's been almost ten years since Updike died and I still mourn for him as if I lost a friend. It's weird. I've never felt that way about any other great writer or famous person.
Andromakus
Almost all stories have a male protagonist. Often there is also a 2nd wife. In a number of other stories there is his mother, either in person or in his thoughts after she has passed away. Like the protagonist, the character of the mother is relatively unvarying, though she was quite different as a younger person. Generally, the stories would be better if the last sentence were omitted, as they tend to be gimmicky; in the very first story a minor character reflects in the last sentence that seniors are less concerned about auto accidents because they have shorter remaining life spans; this sentence does not seem intended to flesh out character. There is one single story in which a child plays any role.

Having said all this, the collection is surprisingly readable thanks to Updike’s talents. In my favorite story a man, his ex-wife and her current husband are all visiting a hospital where his daughter is giving birth. As he interacts with his ex, and reflects back, you uniquely, in this collection, are given an appreciation of their original relationship.
Wilalmaine
These stories are signature Updike. They are masterworks in description of the material things of the world, of settings , scenes, locales. They too are masterful in presenting and probing problematic human situations. Many of the stories focus on post- middle- age discontents and desires, with adultery usually being somewhere in the background. The protagonists have often been married more than once. To my mind the most powerful story in the work simply because it seems to touch the deepest layer of human feeling is ' A Sandstone Farmhouse'. This is a story it seems to me Updike has written many times. It is the story of going home again , the story of the late middle- aged man who in telling the story of visits to the home of his dying mother tells again the story of his own childhood. It is the weak father and the frustrated more energetic mother and the single child whose precociousness and sensitivity in observation are that of the future Updike himself. It is remarkable as many of these stories are in its exemplifying Updike 's magical metaphorical descriptive style. But it has a strength most of the other stories lack in that it seems to truly express Updike's deepest feeling. It is not simply a master artist's manipulation of fictional characters whose fate doesn't seem to be of truly vital interest to anyone. As a long- time reader of Updike I also find in it many wonderful passages in which he expresses 'life- wisdom' of his own.
Uranneavo
A lengthy collection with wonderfully loquacious language and plots with lethargic unfolding, in Afterlife can be found a salt-of-the-earth kind of stories. Most of the stories revolve around middle-aged individuals, the experience of dealing with death, revisiting one's memories in its place of origin or just the seemingly simple act of falling in love. What makes the stories great is their humanistic nature but what kills the collection of that essential one extra star is the overused foci stated above. A few stories truly set themselves apart from the rest, but most are comfortably languid with their likeness.

And this being my first introduction to the literature of Updike, I'm happy to have found a writer who challenges perspective, timelessness and even the genre of fiction itself. My horizons have been broadened.

Afterlife - 4/5 - A somewhat near-death experience allows a man to enjoy some of the subtle things in life while on vacation in England. 17 pages

Wildlife - 4/5 - A man revisits a rural town and enjoys the rustic charms it still maintains, including his son. 9 pages

Brother Grasshopper - 5/5 A gangly teen is befriended by stronger coed through college and through life, during which time they share vacations and experience memories which will last for longer than intended. 15 pages

Conjunction - 5/5 - Revisiting a prior love of astronomy through life, a man finds an acquaintance amidst the conjunction of Venus and Mars, a synergy of passion and brevity. 8 pages

The Journey to the Dead - 4/5 - A dying women needs the assistance from an old college friend, his pain exacerbated by his loneliness, juxtaposed by her own terminal illness. 20 pages

The Man Who Became a Soprano - 4/5 - A small group of recorder players experiences the effect of long-term group dynamics, shoulder rubbing and idiosyncratic flaws. 17 pages

Short Easter - 4/5 A man experiences the subtle transition between life's autumn years and the dreary winter years to come. 11 pages

A Sandstone Farmhouse - 5/5 - A man revisits his home of his youth and deals with the fact of his late mother's death; an uncomfortable contrast to the women he remembers from his youth. 33 pages

The Other Side of the Street - 5/5 - Revisiting the neighborhood of his youth, a man enjoys the intricate difference and similarities of the landscape, memories and people. 12 pages

Tristan and Iseult - 5/5 - An inexplicable puppy love develops between a dentist's patient and the unwitting doctor. 6 pages

George and Vivian: Aperto, Chiuso - 4/5 - Amidst the perfectly bucolic landscape of Italy, George and his 20-year junior wife experience a contrast of his openness to Italy's bounties and Vivian's myopic tendencies. 18 pages

George and Vivian: Bluebeard in Ireland - 3/5 - A continually whiny Vivian drags her 20-year senior husband through panic attacks and lulls of apathy while driving and walking the majestic nothingness of Ireland's coast. 18 pages

Farrell's Caddie - 3/5 - A seemingly omniscient caddie instructs his player on how to run his game on the course and off the course. 10 pages

The Rumor - 4/5 - Homosexual rumors of an art gallery owner spurs suppressed memories of prior male physique idolatry all the while assuring his wife it's all a rumor. 15 pages

Falling Asleep Up North - 4/5 - Loquaciously written but for all the right reasons, Updike reflects on the precarious, sometimes precipitous, barrier of wakefulness and the state of dreaming. 10 pages

The Brown Chest - 3/5 - Childhood memories of an heirloom chest in the family's attic are brought back when a man's son comes to look at the furniture with his bride-to-be. 9 pages

The Mother Inside Him - 4/5 - When approaching sixty years of age, a man becomes more and more like his mother at thirty years of age, filtering the bad from good. 8 pages

Baby's First Step - 5/5 - As refreshing as walking again after three months, there's nothing quite like getting the extra-marital zing back in your life for a man in the seemingly mundane Bureau of Weights and Measures. 8 pages

Playing with Dynamite - 5/5 - An elderly man learns that often daily routines are merely rehearsals for death and he reflects upon how to live. 11 pages

The Black Room - 3/5 - Revisiting a childhood home, a man and his mother reminisce about the house layout, changes to the neighborhood and what each room used to hold, physically and emotionally. 10 pages

Cruise - 2/5 - In a fantasy curve ball thrown by Updike, a lecturer is seduced by the spirit of Calypso while aboard a Mediterranean cruise and island tour. 15 pages

Grandparenting - 4/5 - The divorced and separately remarried parents of a birthing mother are forced into a tepid game of taming the flame of reminiscence and keeping the relationship frosty at best. 18 pages
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Author: John Updike
ISBN: 0449223914
Category: Literature & Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Fawcett (September 27, 1995)