Here are sixty one stories that chronicle the lives of what has been called the greatest generation From the early wonder and disillusionment of city life in The Enormous Radio to the surprising discoveries and common mysteries of suburbia in The Housebreaker of Shady Hill and The Swimmer, Cheever tells us everything we need to know about the pain and sweetness oHere are sixty one stories that chronicle the lives of what has been called the greatest generation From the early wonder and disillusionment of city life in The Enormous Radio to the surprising discoveries and common mysteries of suburbia in The Housebreaker of Shady Hill and The Swimmer, Cheever tells us everything we need to know about the pain and sweetness of life Goodbye, my brother The common day The enormous radio O city of broken dreams The Hartleys The Sutton Place story The summer farmer Torch song The pot of gold Clancy in the Tower of Babel Christmas is a sad season for the poor The season of divorce The chaste Clarissa The cure The superintendent The children The sorrows of gin O youth and beauty The day the pig fell into the well The five forty eight Just one time The housebreaker of Shady Hill The bus to St James s The worm in the apple The trouble of Marcie Flint The bella lingua The Wrysons The country husband The duchess The scarlet moving van Just tell me who it was Brimmer The golden age The lowboy The music teacher A woman without a country The death of Justina Clementina Boy in Rome A miscellany of characters that will not appear The chimera The seaside houses The angel of the bridge The brigadier and the golf widow A vision of the world Reunion An educated American woman Metamorphoses Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin Montraldo The ocean Marito in citta The geometry of love The swimmer The world of apples Another story Percy The fourth alarm Artemis, the honest well digger Three stories The jewels of the Cabots.
The Stories of John Cheever Here are sixty one stories that chronicle the lives of what has been called the greatest generation From the early wonder and disillusionment of city life in The Enormous Radio to the surprising disco
Try reading John Cheever all summer and working at a country club That ll mess with you.
Alcoholism, Adultery, Abjection Depression orig 5 19 16 Maybe I d appreciate these stories if I were cultured enough to enjoy reading of sadness, broken lives and shattered dreams I loved three story collections from a few years ago which also had a melancholy bent Fortune Smiles Stories by Adam Johnson, Thirteen Ways of Looking Fiction by Colum McCann, and The Tsar of Love and Techno Stories by Anthony Marra For me, their difference from Cheever s stories taken as a whole are their glimpse of [...]
John Cheever is a brilliant raconteur one of my most favourite He excellently knows the stuff our lives are made of.Although this entire anthology is a gold mine, The Swimmer and The Day the Pig Fell into the Well seems to be my preferred nuggets.This is not an imitation, she thought, this is not the product of custom, this is the unique place, the unique air, where my children have spent the best of themselves The realization that none of them had done well made her sink back in her chair She s [...]
October 2009 , , I m not a very good student of History I haven t read Herodotus, or Thucydides, or the other great classical historians But I did see 300, and I spent about five minutes on , so I know a little about the Battle of Thermopylae There s a monument there, at the site of the battle, with a neat little epitaph in Greek see above which, according to one translation, says Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by,That here obedient to their laws we lie Now, I m no great student of Gree [...]
These stories are primarily about people who suck, but who somehow manage to maintain the appearance of people who don t suck Eventually, they push their luck and are exposed Then all the neighbors gossip about them, because it s better to keep the focus on the suckers who ve been found out and hope no one finds out you suck just as bad, or worse So why am I giving five stars to a collection of stories about people who mostly suck Because John Cheever DOESN T suck He absurdifies common emotions, [...]
I have been reading this book for 18 months This isn t the kind of book you just grab and set down and read from cover to cover just like I wouldn t think most people would grab the collected works of Shakespeare and read it one brilliant play after brilliant play I have enjoyed having Cheever by my bedside always available when I needed a break from my other reading endeavors Cheever is one of those writers that equally encourages me to write and at the same time convinces me that I have no bus [...]
The demons that drove John Cheever Rachel Cooke Books The Observer ow vIeYv Por qu la vida es para algunos un exquisito privilegio mientras que otros tienen que pagar por asistir al teatro del mundo un precio de c lera, pesadillas e infecciones No debemos querer otras cosas aparte de nuestra ocasional comprensi n de la muerte y el volc nico amor que nos impulsa a unirnos los unos con los otros A menudo mi mujer est triste porque su tristeza no es suficientemente intensa se apena porque sus aflic [...]
La radio fantasmaLeggere questi racconti comporta entrare in contatto con l inevitabile consapevolezza del mistero della letteratura Si cerca qualcosa mentre in realt l ultima cosa che si desidera il raggiungerla Per questo Cheever fa parlare attraverso le pagine i suoi fantasmi, cosciente di metterli in ascolto delle ombre del lettore, come attraverso una radio doppiamente spettrale Niente suona cos familiare come le lievi e allegre apocalissi dei suoi personaggi, i loro pentimenti vitali e i d [...]
I racconti di Cheever molti suoi racconti sono piccoli quadri pressoch perfetti di vita borghese e quotidiana All inizio, guardando il quadro, si nota a volte la luce radiosa, la serenit , la mollezza, la piacevolezza del vivere ma osservando meglio si nota un incrinatura, un qualcosa di inquietante, che ci opprime, non sappiamo bene cosa, ma decisamente rompe la serenit , e d un tratto ci accorgiamo che getta una luce completamente diversa sull immagine crepuscolare, malinconica, a volte tragic [...]
We read Cheever not because we love stories about the suburbs, but because Cheever shows us that a wild imagination can t be bound even by the suburbs We enjoy the quality of observation, the dialogue, the air tight construction and what he teaches us about form both in every example and over the course of the collection , but we read him for those moments when his stories take wing to escape cliche, banality, and the mundane.A few thoughts on Cheever alisonkinney 2014 07 01 joThanks
August 22, 2015As predicted see earlier two posts, below , it took me months to finish this masterpiece To reiterate earlier comments, I read from front to back as well as back to front Not the best idea, it turns out, because the strongest stories are not in the middle I m adding this note for two reasons First, I googled the one story in sixty one that I didn t think worked, and I found a wonderful New Yorker piece by Brad Leithauser about Cheever s style and turn of phrase I was a drama major [...]
This author would be in my top twenty list of all time masters of the short story.I like a lot of uncool authors like Cheever, Hawthorne, Carverese are authors I read decade in, decade out, and keep coming away with new experiences, thoughts, the whole palimpsestic layering which is life many books and authors achieve a fashionable momentbut I think it s obviously timeliness AND timelessness that have to be achieved to really merit that overused term masterpiece or whatever your favorite term of [...]
I have been reading the short stories now for a long time I m not finished yet but sometime I will because they are so good The stories are placed in New England or New York There doesn t happen much in the stories on first sight I mean not a lot of action but they are focused on the relations between people Characterisation, conversation, exploring the relation between people that s what it s all about And Cheever is a master in it.
Note The following is not a review of the entire collection Rather, it s of one of the stories, probably the shortest, in the collection This story alone, in my view, merits a five star rating, representative of the rest.Reunion by John CheeverThe New Yorker Fiction Podcast couldn t have chosen a better specimen of short fiction for its inaugural episode Aired on May 3, 2007, and hosted by The New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman, the episode featured Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford, th [...]
Dear Mr Cheever,While it is unfair 0f me t0 put y0ur b00k 0n my read shelf when in fact I 0nly read ab0ut 400 0ut 0f 693 pages, I feel the time has c0me f0r us t0 part.Y0u are n0t f0r me, Mr Cheever, th0ugh I tried Y0u never break 0pen the hearts 0f y0ur characters, which leaves me irritable and half satisfied I keep waiting t0 turn the page 0n s0mething m0ment0us, s0mething that will cause my little spirit t0 rise 0r sink with dreadful, unst0ppable m0ti0n At best, Mr Cheever, y0u caused my spir [...]
Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally As a general rule, it can be said that the newer an artistic movement, the difficult it is to fully understand it, because of a lack of both historical distance and how it really happened stories regarding important turning points given this, then, I suppose it s safe to call Postmodernism, history s last latest ar [...]
John Cheever the best American short story writer of the 20th century Not IMHO I already did not like his novel Falconer and the best stories in this collection are entertaining yes, but there are equally many that do not make sense to me I read that the author never planned what he wrote, just let it happen, following his intuition The result is that half of the stories lack direction, contain digressions that lead nowhere and a lot of loose threads are kept lying around The stories set in Ital [...]
By chance, because a friend recommended it, I watch the film The Swimmer It destroyed me for some odd reason It is then that I picked up Collected Stories and Other Writings by Cheever, who was a writer I never even bothered thinking due to me that he seemed to be a writer in a very boring time in U.S literary contemporary history Boy was I wrong He s an incredible writer, and his short stories are like knife stabs in an opened wound The first story I read was The Swimmer, because I wanted to fi [...]
Its pretty amazing but this book kept me interested for all 1004 pages of writing I agreed to read this book as a buddy read with my friend, Tajma Don t read this, Tajma, but I really expected I wouldn t like it Surprise, surprise I loved most of Cheever s short stories, preferring his mid career stories to the later years I didn t care for his essays in the back of the book much I believe he writes fiction much better This is how much I loved this book I can t pick a favorite story The characte [...]
In the same vein as Updike and precursor to the dirty realism of Carver, Cheever betrays our expectations by presenting a class of people that on the surface of things have life together Through unpretentious plots and simple syntax, he stuns his readers by revealing catastrophic and devastating results in otherwise innocuous scenarios It is almost a form of voyeurism the way he reveals the reality behind our neighbors closed doors A phenomenal author and unique, revealing perception of American [...]
Where the hell have I been, this guy s a fucking genius Torch Song is amazing, The Chaste Clarissa is hysterical, and the asshole elevator boy on Xmas day story has to be read to be believed Cheever s sense of deadpan humor is sharp as a knife, The Superintendent being a great example I m only on page 200 but this is pure fucking gold.
This book starts with a man who almost kills his brother, mainly because he misunderstands the brother It finishes with a wife who poisons her husband and gets away with it Cheever writes like an entomologist his characters are beetles and butterflies who he skewers with a pin before fastening them to the page But Cheever doesn t seem to have any love for his bugs Rather, if he feels much of anything for them, he tends to despise them Often, when they are not thinking about killing one another a [...]
No one captures the imperfections of suburban, white collar, white bread America like Cheever does No one Well, especially in the North If O Connor is the Queen of South Suburbia, Cheever is the King of North Suburbia The Swimmer, of course, is his pi ce de r sistance in this collection, and with good reason I ve been in love with unreliable narrators since The Five Forty Eight is another favorite of mine, as is The Geometry of Love loved it so much it s where my AIM screen name comes from Again [...]
This is kind of a cheater review since I didn t finish the book this may happen at some point, though it will not be in the immediate future , but not finishing it left me with a few things to say, so here we are First, I have to say that I didn t stop reading because I don t like the writing Cheever can render characters content in their discontent with the best of them, and I never expected him to be so funny I didn t mark many quotes, but here are two just for kicks When you get to be as old [...]
The stories in this book were inconsistent The best were masterpieces of the short fiction form The worst seemed like quick hack jobs to make a deadline I was irresistibly drawn to the Shady Hill stories, of which there were far too few On the other hand, I frequently wished that he would get over his Italian obsession and write about New York again He seemed to have been at his best when writing conservatively with an experimental flair The Swimmer is the perfect example I do think the volume c [...]
Cheever, John COLLECTED STORIES AND OTHER WRITINGS 2009 Timed to come out at about the same time as the biography written by the editor of this volume, Blake Bailey, this is a comprehensive collection by the Library of America It also has a companion volume that collects Cheever s novels that you will be seeing on these pages someday soon In addition to the stories that have been previously collected in The Stories of John Cheever, 1978 , which I have in my collection, this volume also reprints [...]
From Goodbye, My Brother Oh, what can you do with a man like that What can you do How can you dissuade his eyes in a crowd from seeking out the cheek with acne, the infirm hand how can you teach him to respond to the inestimable greatness of the race, the harsh surface beauty of life how can you put his finger for him on the obdurate truths before which fear and horror are powerless The sea that morning was iridescent and dark My wife and my sister were swimming Diana and Helen and I saw their u [...]
John Cheever s short stories are peeling away at the decay of American suburbia The dreams, desires and small victories and defeats of every day life make up for a bitter sweet, strong collection of stories, the best of which I did not think was The Swimmer, although obviously it s still a great one His ability to highlight the cracks on our surface is admirable and all the characters are human and humane A good read.
I read this in bits and pieces over a year and a half, and I m glad I read it that way If I had tried reading it straight thru I would have tired of Cheever, or at least of his recurring theme of the hidden heartaches of upper middle class suburbia I first picked this up when I was 19 and can remember reading it on a bus to Cape Cod, but I was not emotionally ready for it at that time During this reading I developed an appreciation and respect for Cheever s elegant prose style and his depictions [...]
This is actually my second time through this book, though the first time, years upon years back, I hadn t given it the attention I should have I knew some Cheever classics, but my attetnion span in getting through this tome was not my best fresh out of graduate school, so this time I gave it a 7 month try to let me be ready to sit down and work at Cheever s pace through these stories Cheever was one of the kings of suburban misery, but mostly in the latter half of this collection Cheever himself [...]