My Father's Tears And Other Stories Author:John Updike “Drinking a toast to the visible world, his impending disappearance from it be damned.” That’s how John Updike describes an elderly character in his remarkable final collection. He might have been talking about himself. In My Father’s Tears, Updike revisits his people, places, and themes?Americans in suburbs, cities, and ... more »small towns grappling with faith and infidelity?in vivid portraits of the aged, people for whom the past has become paramount. My Father’s Tears is a superb set of tales that is a vital and unforgettable farewell.« less
This is pure Updike! A must read for any avid fan of his. In a world of dangling participles and sentence ending prepositions, his command of proper language mechanics is always refreshing. And, once again, Updike excels in his research of past and present times, of foreign locales, and of his own creations. Here is a gathering of his last stories for several quasi-donnish magazines (Playboy being the exception) in which he updates us to the times (Sept. 11th), revisits old haunts (Olinger, Alton), takes us to exotic locales (India), and readdresses popular themes (adultery between neighbors).