Welcome to our final discussion of…
Tepper Isn’t Going Out by Calvin Trillin
We read Chapters 23-33 this week. What did you think? What are you liking so far? What questions are popping up for you?
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As I worked through my thoughts, it occurred to me that Tepper Isn’t Going Out resembles an Eastern (as opposed to a Western) . Like a western hero, Tepper is a man of few words and minimal inclination towards self exploration. The actual ploy is minimal. The main character achieves public hero status, saving the city from a mayor who rides rough-shot on his populus and his deputies. Unlike the muscle-bound, often grizzled heroes of westerns, Tepper blends into the crowd:
a smart (but not brilliant), likeable, lawful middleclass and later middle-age New Yorker. But like a western hero, he’s a man of few words and a minimal amount of deep self-exploration. In the end, the improbable hero walks (well, takes a plane) EAST (into the sunrise?), to Cornwall or some similarly rainy place in England. He has made more money than he ever imagined (though not by any illicit activity) to spend a happily-ever-retirement with a perfectly okay wife, whose paintings he’s never understood. Anyone not convinced by argument: not to worry. I’m not fully convinced either, but it was fun to think about the parallels.
I would like to read Dutch House.
Still not caught up but did get to chapter w/Tipper n his wife, which made me laugh out loud because it reminded me of conversation w/my partner, where n when we just aren’t able to get our points across.
Also enjoy reference to the Village Voice (i think) that i too used to find out about concerts many moons ago, 35-40 years!
Was trying to find list of read choices but could not, but don’t think i can keep up anyway, although i do like to have a must read waiting;)
I would like to read and discuss American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson