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Buy Fup by Jim Dodge at Amazon. Granddaddy Jake Santee has, after six and a half decades of riotous living, found the secret of immortality. It is in the distilling and drinking of Ol’ Death Whisper, a moonshine recipe given to him by a dying Indian outside a gambling hall in Nevada Eodge. Jake has never settled, he’s been married ufp times, has one daughter he hasn’t seen since she was a baby, followed the gold rush, made a fortune, lost it, made another, won some land which suits him well, but has spent most of his life an itinerant gambler, sometimes lucky, sometimes not.

But something in that dying Indian’s eyes and his promise of immortality held Jake’s attention, and he took himself and the jiim back home to his dilapidated ranch.

He hasn’t moved since:. The whiskey helped him keep still. One hit of Ol’ Death Whisper would drive most humans to their knees; two produced a mildy hallucinatory catatonia. His neighbours used it for tractor fuel, blowing stumps, and, diluted by a drop to a pint dodgd water, as a treatment for almost anything that ailed their stock, from scours to lungworm.

No wonder he stays put!

The Truth About Lies: Fup

Fifteen years into the perfecting of the art of distilling of Ol’ Death Whisper and fifteen years into his immortality Grandaddy Ijm hears news that his daughter has drowned, leaving a small son, Johnathan Ufp Makhurst II, otherwise known as Tiny. After a fight with the fostering agencies and Miss Emma Gadderly, the county social worker, and a run of luck at cards which pays for the lawyers, Jake successfully adopts his grandson. Tiny is well named; like Topsy he just growed and growed and growed.

He’s 6’5″ standing in a hollow.

Fup – a modern fable by Jim Dodge

They get along wonderfully well together but Jake and Tiny are like chalk and cheese:. Tiny, fortunately, was as amiable as his Granddaddy was ornery, as placid and benign as the old man was fierce and belligerent.

Tiny enjoyed the open, linear purity of checkers. Granddaddy favored games with hole cards, where your strength was in your secrets and you flew into the eye of chaos riding your ghost. While Granddaddy Jake drinks himself into immortal oblivion, Tiny spends his time fence-building. He builds fences all across the ranch, the straightest, truest, most wonderfully-built fences that there ever were.


He builds picket fences, post and rail fences, and wire fences. He has offers to build fences for ranches up and down the country, but Tiny prefers to busy himself with fence-building at home. Fences are his passion. His worst nightmare is Lockjaw, a local wild pig who continually disrupts the order and neatness of his fence-building. Pigs are the natural enemy of fences. Sometimes, it feels as though Lockjaw is his nemesis. One evening, after days and nights of frustrating rain, and no fence building, Tiny finds a baby mallard close to death in one of his sodden fencepost holes.

It is clear from mess of earth dldge the hole that Lockjaw has been there, after the tiny, folorn little thing. Tiny takes the bird home, where it is revived by Granddaddy and a drop or two of Ol’ Death Whisper.

He calls her Fup. Fup is like both of her benefactors: Fup could eat for her country, and she’s not particularly fussy what she eats as long as there’s plenty of it.

She’s also sharp, touchy and temperamental, just like Jake, and is not afraid to make her feelings of disapproval clear by a judicious peck or two. She shows no interest in learning to fly, despite Granddaddy’s best efforts to teach her: Together this odd trio rub along tremendously well.

Odd they may be, eccentric they may be, but they fit together as a family should. 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. I’ve said too much already. It won’t take you long, for Fup packs it all in to just a hundred or so pages.

Oh, do buy it, do. Fup is didge very, very funny little book and it will suit everyone: I spat my tea all over the place; my childrenlaughed out loud; my mother said “aww” a lot. What more recommendation could you want?

The part where Grandaddy Jake tries to teach Fup to fly and ends up losing the few teeth he has left is hilarious, and the one where financial ruin for our threesome is luckily prevented by the foolishness of a nirvana-seeking hippy left me in stitches.

Oh, go on then, have just one more little bit:. The longhair, though visibly ddge after the first swallow, managed to get down six or seven quick more gulps before he collapsed on the front porch and began writhing in such a way that Boss, Tiny’s cantankerous and ever-horny Beagle, had tried to come over and hump him 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.

The first hour he wept. The second hour he laughed. The third hour he was silent. The fourth hour he pitched forward and fell like a sack of wet grain. He broke both arms. Don’t talk to Granddaddy Jake about absinthe! He’s been there, seen it, done it, most certainly fuup it, probably orbitted the moon and got a better t-shirt for it to boot. Ohhh, I just want to tell you it all.


You’ll love the marathon checkers tournament. And the cinema trips. And Johnny Seven Moons, man of few words. But I’m stopping, I’m stopping! Fup is one of those little fables you could read again and again and again. It’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s joyous. And it’s over before you know it, and somehow, with a story like this, that’s jin good thing, do you know what I mean?

Half the fun is in the brevity. Dodge writes in a colloquial and down-to-earth way, packing an awful lot of things into a very few words.

Fup by Jim Dodge

Reading Fup you’ll find some raunchy, earthy humour, some naughty sarcasm, and an awful lot of wisdom, joy and fun. It’s just packed full of life and energy and humour.

It’s a bit like reading the philosophy of Johnathan Livingstone Seagull mixed up in the style of a beaty writer like Kesey with some vivid pictures from a sharp observer like Steinbeck thrown in, but it’s both less and more than those things: It’s uplifting to read and hilariously, tea-spittingly funny. And I think that’s enough, don’t you? I shall stop now, or I’ll write more than Dodge did, and that wouldn’t be a good thing at all.

You just read it. If you’re looking for more like this, try our review of Holes by Louis Sachar. You can read more book reviews or buy Fup by Jim Dodge at Amazon. Just send us an email and we’ll put the best up on the site. I think your review exactly what the book deserves. But after I read this book I was left with a question: Why gets Fup in the way when Tiny shoots Lockjaw?

There must be a reason, don’t you think? Is it because Fup actually likes Lockjaw and isn’t his enemy after all. Retrieved from ” http: Personal tools Log in. Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors. Fup by Jim Dodge. A full five stars and then some for this little book with a big heart and even bigger belly laugh. Fup is a fairy tale for grown ups and with none of that nasty stuff they put in the fairy tales for children. Buy it, borrow it, steal it.

Just don’t miss it.