John Updike


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I am looking for the short story A&P caan someone help me find it?

>>By Chris   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 13:00)

it should be easy to find, he wrote it on 1986

>>By ethan   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 13:00)

you can find it in "The Harbrace Anthology of LIterature" by Jon C. Stott, et all. Second Edition. Harcourt Brace1998

>>By ethan   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 13:00)

Sammy reminds me of Kevin from the 'Wonder Years'. Acting in the heat of the moment. Not really thinking things through. Suffering from boredom, then creating excitement for himself by his somewhat drastic action of quitting his job.

>>By jerkmagnet   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 13:00)

If its just the short story itself ur looking for, try this link.

>>By Stella   (Tuesday, 18 Feb 2003 17:56)

I am looking for critical articles on John Updike's A&P and all I seem to be able to find is's. Can someone please tell me where I can go to find something like this?

>>By Corey   (Tuesday, 4 Mar 2003 01:49)

he really sucks to be honest thank you

>>By slim thug   (Thursday, 27 Mar 2003 19:19)

I am looking for critical articles on John Updike's A&P and haven't found anything free

>>By poolstx   (Saturday, 29 Mar 2003 23:35)

hey! you all can visit,Lantagne,Meiggs,Odem,Braca.htm. you may find what you are looking for ;)

>>By Vinh Nguyen   (Sunday, 30 Mar 2003 16:22)

where can ifind boigraphical info

>>By ??   (Thursday, 3 Apr 2003 14:49)

i need info on him ,where can i get it?   (Friday, 4 Apr 2003 02:04)


>>By dont know   (Friday, 4 Apr 2003 02:05)

Someone said that they were looking for the short story, "A&P" by John Updike??? I found it online, just click on this url and it's right there in front of it's free too.

>>By Meme   (Saturday, 19 Apr 2003 22:11)



>>By NO TIME & 2 LAZY   (Thursday, 24 Apr 2003 23:55)

Help any one.....! i have a project due tomorrow but i could not find the story " something cloudy something clear" by Tennessee Williams.......if any of you know about that story would you guys tell me???

>>By MatTroBeCon   (Friday, 25 Apr 2003 19:35)

Opp....! thank you:-)

>>By MatTroBeCon   (Friday, 25 Apr 2003 19:37)

Hi Vinh ...

did you know another website that have my story in it? " something cloudy, something clear" by Tennessee Williams?

>>By MatTroBeCon   (Friday, 25 Apr 2003 19:53)

i am looking for articles of john updike. can someone help me please?

>>By alex   (Friday, 25 Apr 2003 21:18)

For UPDIKE Story go to the web site Merne gave above .. Thanks

>>By LINNETTE   (Tuesday, 29 Apr 2003 01:00)

i think saying that sammy is just a child and does not know the consequences of his actions is an oversimplification of the character. maybe you should read more into the socio-economic ties of the community, the cultures represented(i.e. elderly, fifties boom, presixties movement) and even the location.Updike shows a very volatile place and a very confused young man searching for his own truth

>>By guy   (Wednesday, 30 Apr 2003 16:21)

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>>By erginamistrator   (Wednesday, 14 May 2003 06:50)

I just shit my pants. Sorry.

>>By Ipoopedmyself   (Wednesday, 14 May 2003 06:50)

One day I was walking down the road when I found a tiny leperchaun sitting by an oak tree. He was
chewing on an already eaten ear of corn and had soot all in his frilly orange hair. "Arrr Yee Matey!," I said to him, forgetting already that he was not a pirate
but a leperchaun. I must have startled him because he qucik tossed his ear of corn aside and stood in a crotched, attack position.
He growled at me and I noticed a small trickle of urine run down his tight green stockings. "What the fuck is wrong with you!", I exclaimed.
He then leaped towards my throat with his glimery Irish teeth ready to gnarl at my throat. I quick pulled out my bolo and with a strong sweeping motion
cut him into two.
After I had roasted him on my fire and eaten him, I noticed something startling: On the bottom of his shoe was printed in bold. I AM HASEEF.
A tear slid down my cheek as I remebered what my Colonial williamsburg -working mother once wrote to me in a letter written with a quill pen. "Before I die
son, I want you to know the name of your real father. Haseef was his name." "NOOOOOO!!!!", I yelled. I had eaten my father, but even worse, I am part pirate.

>>By Ionce knew a man named Haseef   (Wednesday, 14 May 2003 07:01)

Please help me

>>By I think my enchilada had rat poison in it because   (Wednesday, 14 May 2003 07:03)

It was obvious that Sammy wanted to bone all of those chicks. Probable even the haggard one.
Hey, when I was 19 I'd take what I could get, ya know? But anyway, Engelbert or whatever his name was (the manager dude)
was probably jealous because his unit was all shriveled and non-compliant, ya hear? But for real though
I liked this story because Sammy was the man for telling his boss to go F himself.
I would do the same but Wal-Mart pays too well, ya know? But for real, I bet Sammy met up with those
girls later and banged all three of them, probably at the same time. Maybe they did it in a sand dune or something
Engelwood may have enven watched in a shadowy corner, who knows. Literature is open to interrpretation and this is how I interrpreted it.

>>By Queenie   (Wednesday, 14 May 2003 07:14)

I only have one arm.

>>By Dude with one arm   (Wednesday, 14 May 2003 07:15)

Wrong story, bud. That was O'Connor's "The Life you save might be your own."

>>By suzieQ   (Thursday, 15 May 2003 20:40)

dude, john updike wasnt a jokester. sammy never wanted to bone down with those girls. in fact, they were the physical manifestation of everything he loathed. When the girls come in, at first he kind of respects him. They break the norm of what society claims to be decent. The A&P is the symbolization of American society. THe sheep representing the perpetual decadence humanity has thrown itself into in order to form these ideals of what is decent. what is decent? who claims what is decent? this is what updike is trying to say. the thing was that these girls, with their bathing suit, walking in the opposite direction of the "sheep", inspired him and helped him realize he was living his life, not by the way he wanted to, but under the "perpetual watch of the electric eye". But when the girls are approached by Lengel, they puss out and go the other way. the "green herring snacks flashed in her eyes". A sort of form of emotionless society is reborn within her as she realized that she did come from a society. this is why they leave. sammy never cared. it even says so in the story. in the part before the girls get kicked out, he says:
"now heres comes the sad part of the story, at least my family say's it's sad but i dont think its said myself"

this goes to show that he doesnt care about them. when he leaves they're replaced by a scene of a little boy begging his mom for candy that he wouldn't get. this is when he realizes the futility of the world as it was and now he is on his own. While he knows life will be hard from now on, now that he has to take car of himself without the "white shirts his mother pressed for him", but he's not sad. In fact he's happy he's broken out of the conformity.

>>By Paul   (Wednesday, 21 May 2003 08:36)

Damn Paul, I gotta write a paper about A&P and your interpretation sounds like some goos shit...thanx

>>By Good Shit   (Tuesday, 10 Jun 2003 06:33)

Lol, My bud is looking for some sites to which he can find WHO the character is, the background, motiviation, personality, and how these traits are revelaed by the author throughout the story. The character is Sammy and im just laughing at him.

>>By JoBo   (Thursday, 3 Jul 2003 06:05)

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