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John Updikes AP is short story which issues great enjoyment to readers of all ages Updike writes the story from a viewpoint of a younger more contemporary person Even though it does not compare to masterpieces in short stories the story holds its own merit by its uninvolved nature and its simplicity The style used by John Updike truly contrasts that used by other short writers such as Flannery OConnor and Nathaniel Hawthorne Instead Updike writes a short story which even a young reader can appreciate and enjoy One downside to the story is that it begins with almost no warning of what its about It doesnt communicate to the reader anything but babble until about half way through the piece But all of a sudden the person reading AP is cast right into a supermarket in an era where women wore high rouge and no eyebrows and people were listening to the sounds of the Carribean Six in phonographs and riding around in Falcon station wagons A younger reader would feel sort of like Alice when she stepped through the looking glass Theyre in a time period totally unknown to them but fun and exciting We know that the main character Sammy is a young man of nineteen years old Updike makes him however an immature nineteen year old if we compare him to nineteen year olds today There are many clues that want to point to him as being a girl watcher or admirer and Updike again makes this a comical scene showing Sammy as a show off with great immaturity You know the kind of girl other girls think is very striking and attractive but never quite makes it as they very well know 27 Humorously Updike wants you to think that this character has a careful observation of the opposite sex which only a man can appreciate But the careful and observant reader will notice that
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