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PIGEON FEATHERS - and Other Stories: Walter…

PIGEON FEATHERS - and Other Stories: Walter Briggs; The Persistence of… (original 1962; edition 1963)

by John Updike

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Title:PIGEON FEATHERS - and Other Stories: Walter Briggs; The Persistence of Desire; Still Life; Flight; Should Wizard Hit Mommy; A Sense of Shelter; Dear Alexandros; Wife Wooing; Home; Archangel; You'll Never Know Dear How Much I Love You; The Astronomer
Authors:John Updike
Info:Crest Books - Fawcett Publications (1963), Edition: First Paperback Printing, Paperback

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Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories by John Updike (1962)



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Not Updike's best collection but glad A&P was included, one of my favorites. ( )
  viviennestrauss | Jun 18, 2015 |
The Franklin Library, Pennsylvania, 1981. Full-Leather. Book Condition: Fine. Dacey, Bob (illustrator). Limited Edition. 8vo - over 7" - 9¾" tall. Brown original publisher's leather binding; lettering in gilt on the spine; elaborate design in gilt on the front cover and on the spine; a.e.g.; four raised bands on the spine; brown moire end papers; hinges, book and binding are as new; sewn-in ribbon marker; a beautiful copy
  Czrbr | Jun 7, 2010 |
Fine hardcover, full brown calf with four raised bands, gilt ornamentation and textblock, silk moir endpapers, and ribbon page marker, 276 pages. Prior owner housed in a glass case in a smoke free environment, a fine, crisp, unread copy. Prior owners blind-stamp on flyleaf.
  Czrbr | Jun 7, 2010 |
Pigeon Feathers is a collection of short stories about Love’s shadow. By that I mean it is not about Love but about Love’s side effects. Lust, longing, loss. It’s a passionless book about passions.
I haven’t read anything else by John Updike and this doesn’t make me want to. He writes the way I’m afraid I will. Too many words, so carefully arranged to make an impact that you only notice the arrangement and never feel the impact. A gilded cardboard sledgehammer.
I have to admit I haven’t finished it. I won’t abandon it. I’ll put it somewhere I can pick it up when I have a spare minute or two (and we all know where that is) and I will plough through the last four stories. It’s not that it’s a bad book, just that it isn’t a good one. ( )
  Scriberpunk | Apr 19, 2010 |
This short collection of stories displays a realistic view of small town life that, presumably, Updike himself experienced. The title story, Pigeon Feathers, is especially moving in its portrayal of a young boy's crisis of faith. The experience of the reality of death has more import than the questions and answers obtained in the local sunday school. ( )
  jwhenderson | Mar 4, 2008 |
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In revenge, however, my memory of the past has closed the door against me more and more. I could have returned at first, had human beings allowed it, through an archway as wide as the span of heaven over the earth, but as I spurred myself on in my forced career, the opening narrowed and shrank behind me; I felt more comfortable in the world of men and fitted it better; the strong wind that blew after me out of my past began to slacken; today it is only a gentle puff of air that plays around my heels; and the opening in the distance, through which it comes and through which I once came myself, has grown so small that, even if my strength and my will power sufficed to get me back to it, I should have to scrape the very skin from my body to crawl through.
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Coming back from Boston, Jack drove, his baby son slept in a Carry-Cot on the front seat beside him, and in the back seat Clare sang to their girl, Jo, age two. ("Walter Briggs")
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When this classic collection of stories first appeared—in 1962, on the author’s thirtieth birthday—Arthur Mizener wrote in The New York Times Book Review: “Updike is a romantic [and] like all American romantics, that is, he has an irresistible impulse to go in memory home again in order to find himself. . . . The precise recollection of his own family-love, parental and marital, is vital to him; it is the matter in which the saving truth is incarnate. . . . Pigeon Feathers is not just a book of very brilliant short stories; it is a demonstration of how the most gifted writer of his generation is coming to maturity; it shows us that Mr. Updike’s fine verbal talent is no longer pirouetting, however gracefully, out of a simple delight in motion, but is beginning to serve his deepest insight.”

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