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Fup is a wonderfully funny and bittersweet book that really should be read outloud, I read it to my son when he was ten – carefully editing the few obscenities – and we roared with laughter. The fact that that could be accomplished in less than 60 pages is remarkable in itself. Four years after Fup, Dodge published Not Fade Away, a full-length novel about Floorboard George Gastin, a mechanic who makes a tidy living in 60s San Francisco stealing and wrecking cars for insurance scams, but finds himself unable to do the business on a ’59 Caddy.

Dodge was 39, a former “airforce brat” who had ended up in a commune with a bunch of fellow free spirits, working with dorge hands to repair environmental damage.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Highly recommended to everyone who likes their stories humorous and spiked with a lil magical realism! I jm to make my own assessment – mainly because I have odd tastes.


The ending is a bit odd. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Daniel spends a lot of time in communes, out in the wilds or learning to gamble, but all Dodge will admit is that “some of my life is in there”.

You can read more book reviews or buy Fup by Jim Dodge at Amazon. Paperback59 pages. It’s not particularly compelling until the oversized duck Fup turns up, and at short pages, it reads like a whimsical McSweeney’s story.

FUP is a wonderfully drafted Short Story. Satisfying sweet but with a hidden depth. The holes he’d dug filled with water and he began to think he’d never get the job done.

Tiny watched without comment.

He immediately bolted for the walnut tree in the front yard, went up it in a single, gigantic bound, and spent the next three hours sitting among the bare limbs hunched over like a sick buzzard. Tiny is well named; like Topsy he just growed and growed and growed.

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. 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 dodve your getting. At the end I found myself truly warmed by the story. The writing is simple But his constant companion is a tub of 1, benzedrine pills, which do nothing for his navigational skills.


And if you want to find out if Granddaddy Jake is truly immortal, if Tiny ever does manage to rid himself of Lockjaw and if Fup Duck learns to fly you’ll just have to read it.

The magician of ducks and outlaws

As you will probably have realised by now, I’m a kinda ‘get it’ guy. Instead, I thought it was really tragic. I think your review exactly what the book deserves. Granddaddy Jake Santee has, after six and a half decades of riotous living, found the secret of immortality. There is Granddaddy Jake – who makes and drinks a whiskey called Death Whisper – and his grandson Tiny. Glad you liked the review, Dave.

Decent price for the condition of the book.

Fences are his passion. Or, as another reviewer suggested, perhaps the author was yanking our chain In came Stone Junction, which Thomas Pynchon described as “an outlaw epic for our own late era of corrupted romance and defective honour”. 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.