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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Fup by Jim Dodge. Fup by Jim Dodge. First published in , this story is set in the coastal hills of Northern California between and the present. The tale revolves around three characters: two humans and one duck.
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Sort order. Start your review of Fup. When his daughter unexpectedly dies, 99 year-old Jake takes in his grandson Tiny, who of course grows up to be a giant! The two live happily on the farm until they make an enemy: the wild pig Lockjaw. While hunting Lockjaw one day, Tiny finds an abandoned baby duck and takes her in. Her name? This is someone who could describe next to nothing happening and hold you entranced the entire time! The characters are charming and sharply realised from Grandpaw Jake to quiet Tiny and the irascible Fup.
Silly but kinda funny and perfectly in keeping with the character. The fable part of the story is one of the last things to happen. Not everything needs a meaning, sometimes the imagery alone is enough.
Highly recommended to everyone who likes their stories humorous and spiked with a lil magical realism! I like goodreads very much because it helps me to find something good to read, books that I would never have heard of otherwise.
In this case a fellow user of goodreads recommended Fub to me, and from the blurb I could see it might be an interesting read. It was. Both Brautigan, and Dodge were poets before writing fiction, and it shows. There is a poetic quality there, reality in their works is flexible, I like goodreads very much because it helps me to find something good to read, books that I would never have heard of otherwise.
There is a poetic quality there, reality in their works is flexible, and unexplainable things happen. But the other thing they have in common is humor. You can kind of see it straight from reading the blurb. I mean, a novella about a 99 years old gambler who has been told he is immortal, his giant grandson that likes to put up fences, and a duck is not going to be terribly serious.
In fact, I thought it was laugh out loud funny at times. I just liked it that much. Recommended to Laura by: Eamon J. I genuinely enjoyed this little book. A brief, occasionally hilarious, sometimes poignant story set in the Northern California of the mid-twentieth century.
There is not much traditional action. There is Granddaddy Jake - who makes and drinks a whiskey called Death Whisper - and his grandson Tiny. There is a duck. There is a wild boar. There are short philosophical forays regarding stillness and action, fences and openness, then life and death. The writing is simple Despite the d I genuinely enjoyed this little book.
Despite the directness of the prose, there is an intuitive depth that I ascribe to exceptional observation of the natural world and the human character. The animals and the land reverberate with significance, and the wild pig - nicknamed Lockjaw - becomes the enemy of the big-hearted Tiny, a kind of porcine white whale. It's funny that Lockjaw is always rooting in the earth, destroying what he can, while the duck, Fup, has wings but will not fly.
I've not quite sussed out what that means. This was a good story, well told, and I think I'll remember it along with a few beautiful lines that I wrote down for keeps.
I was told that I would need maybe an hour for this extremly funny book. None of that became true. I needed way longer than I should have for this little bit of text and the book wasn't "extremely" funny but there were two scenes at which I laughed out loud.
Instead, I thought it was really tragic. Jan 04, Kevin rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourites , fiction. A fantastic little gem of a book about two men and a duck in the American west. Jim Dodge is the king of modern-day rock and roll tall tales. Dec 18, Kirk Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: humor.
As a child I loved Mark Twain's short stories. If Twain would have had the liberty to use the F-word just a little ,his stories might have resembled this 94 page delight.
You caught that didn't you? A Story of a Boy , a Duck, and his Grandpa. FUP is about to be placed on my shelf in the sacrosanct spot between my two favorite humorists, Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore.
Or maybe next to Charlotte's Web, but that places her next to outrageous company. FUP is a wonderfully drafted Short Story. Jim Dodge tells a story with flinching shock value and glorious panache. The belly laughter that is likely to occur in the last fourth of the book could sustain you for weeks. From FUP, "At the most marginal of opportunities, Grandpa Jake was fond of telling anyone within earshot, the three great secrets of how to proceed when you don't have the vaguest idea what you're doing.
The secrets,in the order he invariably listed them, were intuition, reason, and desperation. His intuition as a flight instructor persuaded him that it would be best to simply seize Fup a large female mallard , take her out in a nice open spot, and fling her up in the air.
She would probably be startled at first, but instinct would no doubt make her open her wings, and from that point she would surely get the idea. Sweet Jesus I killed her Grandaddy thought. You were warned A short fable, immaculately designed and packaged, with illustrations from legend Harry Horse. It's not particularly compelling until the oversized duck Fup turns up, and at short pages, it reads like a whimsical McSweeney's story.
However, in the interest of full disclosure I should explain I am a heartless swine, and magical ducks and grandpas do not break my heart, no matter who dies at the end. Sep 30, Melody rated it did not like it. Contrived and overly mannered little fable. But I thought the level of cleverness never rose above naming the main character Fup Duck.
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