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John Updike tells good stories in his new collection Pigeon Feathers Whats more -- or rather what helps to make them good -- is his conspicuous devotion to the perilous marksmanship of words All readers are bound to be grateful to him for that He is no Pater and he is no Joyce Clichs and banalities he knows have their valued uses in making a story flow They provide comfortable reassuring cadences -- and he employs them when he does not want to interrupt our concentration on whats going on with a trip to the dictionary or a muttered what-the-devil-does-that-word mean Time and again though he finds just the right words to give a fresh shine to a familiar situation He speaks for example of an encounter with a very junior doctor not much older than myself but venerable with competence and witnessed pain He skips the bits about the smell of hay and harnesses to tell us with Thoreauvian precision that A barn in day is a small night In his own words about words he reminds us of the curious and potent inexplicable and irrefutable magical life language leads within itself -- not entirely unaided of course by wide margins Devonshire-cream paper and clear type Speaking of which I am happy to report that his publisher felicitously chimes Mr Updikes Pennsylvania-Dutch tones with a Linotype contribution named for Janson a Dutchman And paper made at Spring Grove Pa Over Territory and Time The stories in Pigeon Feathers float from Pennsylvania to England to New England to New York and always back to Pennsylvania In general outline and under various names the characters are repeated as frequently as characters are repeated when you are reading the works say of JD Salinger or John P Marquand An iconoclastic schoolteacher father an indomitable mother an even more indomitable if you will grandmother a dozing grandfather and a scholarly slightly girl-shy young man who wants
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