Reactions to Updike's Short Story - A&P Book Review by Nicky

The paper examines John Updike's short story "A&P."
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"A&P", a short story written by John Updike, tell the story of a 19 year old clerk at the A&P, a supermarket more commonly known in the 1950s and 60s. The short story is, according to the paper's writer, still relevant to society today despite being set in a period over 50 years in the past. The paper's writer reviews the story and describes his reaction to the story and his identification with the main character.

From the Paper:

"One of the most obvious connections that people of any time would find in this story is the sexuality of Sammy, the other clerk Stokesie, and the three girls--especially Queenie. Nineteen year-olds, especially nineteen year-old men (or overgrown boys, which might be a more apt description) are known in life and literature for the intensity and frequency of their sexual desires. Sammy's attention stays with the girls for almost the entire story; he is so distracted by the sight of the girls at the beginning of the story that he makes a mistake at the register, and his eyes follow them as they make their way through the store. His excitement over the amount of flesh he sees and his enjoyment of the girls' proportions is obvious not only from the constant physical description he gives of the three girls, but also from the tone of his voice an the way he keeps interrupting himself, as though the sight is too much to take in: "There was this chunky one, with the two-piece -- it was bright green and the seams on the bra were still sharp and her belly was still pretty pale so I guessed she just got it."

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