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Fup by Jim Dodge
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Fup (1983)

by Jim Dodge

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A cute little story, especially charming to me since I used to live in the general area. A Tom Robbins-y kind of humor, but with just a dash of Mark Twain-ish sharpness. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
A tall tale of a cranky old man, his grandson and a duck. Funny, true and excellently rendered. It'll make you think twice before you build another fence. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
A piece of Southern fiction set in Northern California (!), "FUP" mainly takes place in the 99th year of Kentuckian Jake Santee's life, whose household also includes a young mountain-man grandson and a 20-pound duck named Fup. Yes, Fup Duck. Part yarn, part fable, part tall-tale, part stumper (what an ending!) - this is an always funny and often crass little miracle of a book. - - Adam
  stephencrowe | Nov 11, 2015 |
It had that manic humor of the era, sort of Cowgirls-get-the-bluesy brashness and a willingness to be ridiculous, that made me nostalgic for that time, and made me wonder about how dated some books feel compared with others. Somehow some books manage to be both rooted in their times and to also feel contemporary in their approach to language. This isn't one of them. Maybe humor is something that dates a book sooner? But, "Candide" had me laughing out loud.

So now I end this review, in a blather of confusion and no real answers. ( )
  poingu | Jan 29, 2015 |
What an odd book. The north bay aspect of the story was interesting. Given the themes and language of this book, I wouldn't consider it a children's book--maybe a young adult book but certainly not a children's book. I'm glad the book was not much more than a novella because I'm not sure Dodge would have had enough to stretch this story into something longer. ( )
  pussreboots | Oct 25, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jim Dodgeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Artl, Inge M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Busch, Wilhelm MartinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carasso, Jean-PierreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rowohlt, HarryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Kello vaikenee - kukkien tuoksu jatkaa kumahtelua. - Basho (suom. Kai Nieminen)
The temple bell stops. -But the sound keeps coming-out of the flowers. Basho
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Isälleni, in memoriam.
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Gabriel Santee was seventeen years old and three months pregnant when she married "Sonic Johnny" Makhurst, a Boeing test pilot and recent heir to a modest Ohio hardware fortune.
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Start with Granddaddy Jake Santee, a cantankerous, ninety-nine-year-old coot with a taste for gambling and whiskey; add in Tiny, his gentle giant of an adopted grandson, whose passion for building well-crafted fences on land with no livestock borders on obsessive; then add Fup, a twenty-pound mallard with an iron will and a fondness for hooch and romantic movies. What do you get? You get Fup--a wildly eccentric modern classic that invites you to sit a spell and wet your whistle while it regales you with tales of teaching Fup to fly, the Sunday morning pig hunt, and the Great Checker Showdown of '78. First published in 1983, this hilarious, heartwarming, magical tale has sold over 100,000 copies since its debut.Fup is a contemporary fable that inspires an evangelical fervor in all who read it. As Granddaddy Jake says: &ldqou;It just ain't possible to explain some things, maybe even most things. It's interesting to wonder on them and do some speculation, but the main thing is you have to accept it--take it for what it is, and get on with your getting." So, get on with your getting and readFup--it's all it's quacked up to be!… (more)

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