Summary: A full five stars and then some for this little book with a big heart and even bigger belly laugh. Fup is a fairy tale for grown ups and. Fup [jim-dodge] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Hard to find. Fup [Jim Dodge] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Start with Granddaddy Jake Santee, a cantankerous, ninety-nine-year-old coot with a.

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The magician of ducks and outlaws

First published inthis story is set in the coastal hills of Northern California between and the present. The tale revolves around three characters: Paperback59 pages.

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Lists with This Book. Jake Santee has discovered the secret to immortality: 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: While hunting Lockjaw one day, Tiny finds an abandoned baby duck and takes her in. 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 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. Feb 05, Laura Leaney rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Recommended to Laura by: I genuinely enjoyed this little book.

A brief, occasionally hilarious, sometimes poignant story set in the Jij 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 ddoge 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 dodfe 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.

Sep 16, Charlotte B. 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 codge 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. Jan 04, Kevin rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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: 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 Boya Duck, and his Grandpa.

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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 Ddodge Story. Jim Dodge tells a dodgf with flinching shock value and glorious panache.

The belly laughter that is jjm 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 dovge earshot, the three great secrets of how to dodgr 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 mallardtake 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. May 11, Eleni rated it really liked it. Trying to decide what makes FUP a good or great book. It is like chocolate. Satisfying sweet but with a hidden depth.


Fup by Jim Dodge – book review

Seems to have everything you need in the moment and yet unforgettable. There are great quotes, a good outlook on life. It is over before you know it, yet you want to go back for more.

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. Charming, funny and fantastic tale by the Stone Junction author about an old man, his giant grandson and a duck.

Not just any old duck. But whiskey guzzling Fup duck.

Jan 06, Gary Lindsay rated it really liked it. If you come across this little gem, don’t pass it up. It’s hard to classify this book, but the author Jim Dodge just calls it a story. It’s reminiscent of the California stories of Mark Twain, but a little saltier and stranger. It’s 96 pages, part yarn, part fable.

It’s a story of love, loyalty, redemption, and weirdness. I’ll just leave you with a quote from the book: It’s interesting to wonder on them and do some speculati If you come across this little gem, don’t pass it up.

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. I’m so glad I picked this up in the local library. Its such a fascinating little fable, with a fantastical ending. It follows the life of Jake and his grandson Tiny as they live life on their farm, with the aid of their notoriously brewed liquor.

With the introduction of their surprising pet Fud the Duck I found myself falling in love with cutesy relationship of the three. Particularly when they sit together at the drive in. I think it has a fairy-tale ending, worthy of children imagination if i I’m so glad I picked this up in the local library.

I think it has a fairy-tale ending, worthy of children imagination if it weren’t for the down to earth language used which gives a sharp edge to the narrative.

At the end I found myself truly warmed by the story. Amazingly standout, especially considering its short length.

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