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Fup Paperback – January, 1987


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 59 pages
  • Publisher: City Miner Books; Reissue edition (January 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933944047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933944046
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,688,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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* You'll love it. Independent on Sunday * Delightful and constantly surprising. Jim Dodge has produced something rare: a fairy tale that is wonderfully down to earth. Daily Telegraph * Short, sharp and wickedly funny. Elle * This novel is fupped uck. The Times * Stupendous. It is a jewel, a gem, a diamond in the cesspool of life. San Francisco Chronicle A short, masterful and unusual fable. The Times * A timeless fable that is vibrant, vital, poetic and full of humanity, this is a short but perfectly formed work that you can come back to again and again. Waterstone's Books Quarterly --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jim Dodge lives on an isolated ranch in western Sonoma County and has been by turns an apple picker, a carpet layer, a teacher, a professional gambler, a shepherd for five years and a woodcutter. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Customer Reviews

Absolutely one of the most hilarious books I've ever read.
An Observer
This is the book you want to read to your friends so you will laugh together like you never have.
Ann Pai
The first time I ever heard of this book was my freshman year of high school.
Kathy

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Bosiljevac on June 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
What an odd little book this is. Published in 1983, Fup is the story of a cantankerous grandfather, his gentle grandson, and their pet, a 20-pound mallard duck (the grandfather named the duck because he thought Fup duck was funny). Born in 1880 the grandfather spends most of his 100 years tending his stills, sleeping, and drinking his 194-proof whiskey called Ol' Death Whisper, which he believes will keep him alive forever. The grandson is a master fence builder and spends his time building dividing their enormous Northern California ranch and hunting the giant wild boar that keeps tearing up the fences. Compared on the book jacket to Tom Robbins or Mark Twain, Dodge's style reminds me more of a Richard Brautigan. It's not quite as poetic, but is just as original, odd, and hilarious.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kara S Dirksen on January 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
Fup is a book rare in that it functions as an oral history--I was surprised to read here that so many people had read it out loud to each other and given it away--I gave my first copy away and met someone two years later who had it--and gave it back to me. Fup is best read aloud, to friends, on road trips, alone. I don't think you can compare Fup to Dodge's other two novels, which are indeed excellent in their own ways, because Fup is different than almost any other book you will ever read. Buy it and pass it on.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ann Pai on July 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the book you want to read to that kid in high school who doesn't understand why books are anything.

This is the book you want to read to the person you think might fall in love with you. This is the book you want to read to your friends so you will laugh together like you never have.

This is the book to read when the world is too serious. This is the book to read when you are too serious about yourself. This is the book to read when you feel dull and uninterested.

This is the book to read if you've gotten too big for your britches. This is the book to read if you feel more Christian than someone who cusses. This is the book to read if you want things you can't name.

This is good medicine: a short shot, powerful. FUP is the American book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
Maybe I was expecting too much from all the rave reviews, but Fup didn't quite do it for me. Yes, it was different and in places it was touching; Mr Dodge's use of language was clever and it elicited the odd wry smile, but that was it for me. Sorry, all you Fup fans out there!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mair on August 29, 2013
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Interesting writing style, but a rather strange story. It has been a very popular book. I can see why some people like it because of the colorful language, but I did not particularly enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
Like many others here, received many strange looks from laughing out loud while reading this book. Spiritual, moving and funny all at once. I am here purchasing another copy as I keep giving mine away. This book is the best $6 bucks you will ever spend.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "bardolator" on March 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
Simply put, one of the best pieces of short fiction I have ever read. 'Fup' is pure delight from the first page to the last. The characters are unforgettable and the humor stays with you for a long time to come. Buy it cheap and pass it on; your friends will thank you for it.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kali on April 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
I found Fup in a thrift shop, it cost me less than a dollar. It was money well spent and I am gong to buy Jim Dodge's other books when I get the chance.

Dodge's story about Fup, his friends Grandpa Jake and Tiny bought tears of sorrow and laughter to my eyes.
Even Lockjaw the rampaging homicidal boar made me chuckle. It is an easy read I would recommend it most heartedly, especially if you're someone who likes to read when they are eating. Just be careful, you might choke on some of the funnier moments, but its worth every cough and splutter.
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