Bienvenidos a Bullet Park, un universo en donde hasta sus habitantes m s intachables pueden sentirse aterrorizados por el simple acto de mirarse al espejo En ese ambiente asfixiante, John Cheever narra la azarosa intersecci n de las vidas de dos hombres Eliot Nailles, un buen hombre que ama con devoci n a su mujer ya su h ijo, y Paul Hammer, el hijo bastardo que, tras a Bienvenidos a Bullet Park, un universo en donde hasta sus habitantes m s intachables pueden sentirse aterrorizados por el simple acto de mirarse al espejo En ese ambiente asfixiante, John Cheever narra la azarosa intersecci n de las vidas de dos hombres Eliot Nailles, un buen hombre que ama con devoci n a su mujer ya su h ijo, y Paul Hammer, el hijo bastardo que, tras a os de rodar, se establece en Bullet Park con un objetivo asesinar al hijo de Nailles.He aqu una novela mordaz y punzante sobre los suburbios norteamericanos, con sus fachadas id nticas, su normalidad desesperante y, bajo una superficie impecable, el infierno que late Una aut ntica obra maestra, escrita con el lirismo y la potencia que han hecho de Cheever uno de los exponentes m ximos de la literatura moderna.
Bullet Park Bienvenidos a Bullet Park un universo en donde hasta sus habitantes m s intachables pueden sentirse aterrorizados por el simple acto de mirarse al espejo En ese ambiente asfixiante John Cheever narr
Extraordinarily bizarre novel with some gorgeous, hilarious sections of writing I prefer THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLE, which has all the weirdness of this book with interesting characters Try to avoid the back jacket copy, or any summary, because the lesson here is in the insane delay of plot it s a 220 page preamble, then 20 brief pages of action, and if you know what s coming it will take away most of the fun The first half of the preamble belongs to Nailes, and is told in a roving 3rd person that d [...]
Welcome to Bullet Park, paradise of the American middle class In this exemplary environment we will be witnesses of the fateful meeting between two men one hand, Eliot Nailles, a citizen that is fully integrated into their community, which, despite its internal contradictions, wants his wife and his son to the happy disposition, and, on the other hand, a new neighbor, Paul Hammer, a nowhere man which, after half a lifetime of wandering, decides to buy a house in Bullet Park Coinciding with the a [...]
So Very SixtiesA bizarre book full of absurdities and unfathomable details of travel and personal description An upper middle class New York suburb is chosen by an apparent psychopath for the location of a senseless murder The target is the son of a local resident, undistinguished except for his smug racism, boredom and moderate alcohol and drug dependency The motive appears to derive from a suggestion by the murderer s estranged mother that less than a crucifixion will wake the world A metaphor [...]
smini duyup da hi okumad m yazarlardand John Cheever 1912 1982 Daha ok yk leriyle ne km , hatta Amerikan banliy lerin ehov u olarak da biliniyormu B yle bir unvan , yk lerini hayranl kla okudu um Raymond Carver da hak eder bence Cheever okumaya 1969 da yay nlanan bu roman yla ba lam oldum Bullet Park n kahramanlar da banliy lerde ya ayan insanlar Daha ziyade d zenin ark na kap lm , b y k ehirdeki New York i leri ile evleri aras nda mekik dokuyan, mutluluk rol oynayan, teselliyi genelde i kide bu [...]
Well, if you want to learn the rules of how novels work, it s good to read ones that won t or can t play by those rules Watching Cheever s instincts chafe against the novel form, and watching him accept that and willfully embrace the resulting weirdness, is pleasurable It would be maybe awful if he didn t write everything with such exquisite style But every sentence is musical, though the totality is much stranger I like it What he seems to be at odds with is the novelist s shameless repetition [...]
kapitalizme, amerikan orta s n f na, new york a i e trenle giden banliy insanlar na m kemmel bir bak al , g zel bir kad nla evlen, o al, havuzlu 5 odal bir ev al, pazarlar kiliseye gidip imleri bi , 15 te bir parti ver amerikan filmlerinden ve bence en nemlisi mad men den a ina oldu umuz bir hayatk b l mle ikinci b l m sonunda ba lansa da ikinci b l m n, hammer n hikayesinin daha zay f oldu unu d n yorum cheever sanki sonlara do ru s k lm sanki nailles ve ailesinin hikayesi ise m kemmelard yates [...]
I have to laugh at the lurid come on printed on the first page of my 1988 Bantam paperback of this book HAVE YOU EVER COMMITTED A MURDER Anyone who buys this book hoping for a gruesome there s a killer in all of us potboiler is destined for disappointment.However, if they re open to it, they might find something infinitely interesting Bullet Park, like most great books, establishes itself in the first line Paint me a small railroad station then, ten minutes before dark As soon as I read that I [...]
Dunque, vorrei avere davanti a me un quadro con su dipinta una stazioncina dieci minuti prima che cali la notte intorno case bianche con pianoforti a coda che nessuno suona, camini fumanti, scaffali di libri vuoti o sui quali giace un solo volume, l elenco del telefono rilegato in broccato rosa , famiglie normali riunite nel salotto di casa come la famiglia Nailles, Eliot, Nellie e il loro figlio Tony Cos inizia Bullett Park e tutto di nuovo ridivenne bello, bello, bello ma bello come era sempre [...]
Most people I know really don t like this book I read it at a time when I sort of identified with the central agonistwell one could argue whether the father or the son was centralbut I was a teenager and similarly weird The novel has a real redemptive almost Biblical beauty in the way the father breaks through societal, cultural, etc conditioning.well there was a spoilerz me, this is another book like, say, Franny and Zooey, which I ADORE in that category where if you read the book AT THE RIGHT [...]
In a way, I hesitate to give this novel merely a 4 because I m guessing that when Cheever originally wrote it in 1967, it was a great deal astounding Bullet Park is about a suburb of NYC where there s a very thin veneer that everything is going smoothly The locals are suicidal, homicidal, adulterers, racist, impossibly sad, addicted to illegally prescribed medicines, TV, cigarettes and alcohol and at the end of the week they all go to Christ s Church like the good little Christians they are In [...]
Parece que John Cheever es m s conocido como escritor de relatos y que sus novelas muchas veces son consideradas simples cuentos alargados, pero lo cierto es que el mismo John Cheever prefer a ser considerado un escritor de novelas y consideraba sus cuentos casi como trabajos de encargo Bullet Park Emec , que es quiz s la novela m s conocida de Cheever, se divide claramente en dos partes la primera est protagonizada por un hombre llamado Nailles y la segunda por otro hombre que se llama Hammer C [...]
I ve been meaning to read Cheever all my adult life, but didn t expect to like him suburban malaise is not a subject I need to spend a lot time exploring.Bullet Park just goes to show that subject matter has little bearing on your enjoyment when the author is capital G Great This book is exactly what I feared about Cheever set in a wealthy Connecticut bedroom community, the protagonist is a salaryman addicted to amphetamines, the teenage son is bedridden with depression, the wife is a repressed [...]
Carried the paperback around with me for the three or four days I read it, sneaking reads in chairs here or cars there and lines everywhere luxuriating in Cheever s masterful, seemingly effortless and eternally enlightening delightful descriptions of lounge light, thanatonic thunder, scary suburbia, mad mothers, fucked off fathers, and, as always, alcoholism It would ve made a great Alfred Hitchcock movie with Jimmy Stewart as Nailles and either Robert Mitchum or Cary Grant as Hammer in the mind [...]
The structure of this book reminded me of Franny Zooey Salinger , in that there were sections in different styles and from different perspectives I wonder if the author thought through the entire book before writing, though, since the last 100 pages just barely necessitate the first 100 The writing is modern than I expected, having never read Cheever before I wish the author had spent time with the story as opposed to 85% on character background development, but it wasn t a terribly long book, [...]
O cafard, essa coisa peluda e negra.Omnipresente, a menos que encontremos uma forma humana, ou local, ou pa s, ou cidade, ou casa onde o cafard n o consiga entrar Andar a pular de hotel em hotel, de cidade em cidade, ou at percorrendo com ar apressado, mas sem destino, as ruas de Lisboa ou New York.Para tudo voltar a ser maravilhoso, maravilhoso, maravilhoso.Cheever, grande amigo de quem carrega uma b te noir.
Great book Part one introduces an average man, Nailles, living in an average and depressing suburb of New York His son, Tony, becomes disillusioned with life and decides not to get out of bed Doctors can t cure him, but an Indian spiritualist gets him excited with mantras Part two describes a sick rich man, Hammer, who searches for happiness in a yellow room When the room is painted, he decides to take up his mother s dream of enlightening the world by sacrificing an average WASP within a church [...]
Well This is random I struggled at times to get my head around Cheever s flitting between times and characters, but that was nothing compared with my struggle to understand what on earth point he was trying to make Wholesomeness is boring but there s nothing much we can do about it People hurt and love for all sorts of reasons, yet with neither rhyme nor reason I mean, his tone is easy enough to decipher, but his point eludes me.I did find much of the book very readable, and mostly enjoyed rolli [...]
E niente.Quando si usa questa locuzione non mai davvero niente C sempre qualcosa che segue, e dopo il mio niente, cio dopo questo libro che uno di quelli che prendi il notebook, se sei scrittore, e lo lanci dalla finestra perch tu quando mai la scriverai una cosa cos , decido di fare seguire un po di mestizia assortita Cos , tanto per distrarmi mentre vedo il notebook roteare in aria prima che arrivi sui sampietrini Ci posso aggiungere anche un po di livore, dicendo che il finale non nemmeno la [...]
So much was said about Cheever influencing Mad Men that, once the series was over, I decided to read something of his Bullet Park was chosen at random In the first pages, I could see each scene being shot following Matthew Weiner s script But where Mad Men is subtle, Cheever is out there it would be like reading between the lines of Mad Men s cruelty, violence, sexuality and awkwardness And where Mad Men is always perfect in form and style, Cheever is like a bull set loose magnific, dramatic, im [...]
Maybe I m just over so unhappy 1950 s suburbs, but I do not like this book I am also tired of so many writers with sexual hangups The main thing I didn t like though, was the writing itself When Cheever moved from one character to the next, I felt like he was never going to get back to the main story He would go on and on about tertiary characters and we d never really hear of them again.This is also one of those books that hurries up and ends On one page I m still at the build up and then sudde [...]
Grotesquely funny and full of bizzare symbolism The part in which Nailles drinks rainwater scooped out of an urn at the cemetery to swallow the pill he s just bought from his pusher must be my favourite image Come on, that s just genius Why haven t I bloody read Cheever before
1993 notebook another great American book The mild adultery, the man sucked under the morning express, the man who knows the different sounds trees make in the wind larch, tulip, oak But what good does it do, he thinks Someone has to observe the world That s the line, the line for me.
Amerikan banliy hayat n n bo lu unu ve hastal kl insanlar n hicivle anlatan bir kitapt Ya di er kitaplar na da g z ataca m.
The last paragraph of this Rumpus review of Bullet Park pretty much nails it Oprah s been off the air for a year now, but look at what books our culture prizes these days and it s clear we still live in an age where the greatest endorsement a book can get is from TV There s no question that our highest literary praise is still reserved for all that is slick, polished, and cinematic I m not saying that s necessarily bad The Art of Fielding and The Rules of Civility are two refined and flawless no [...]
A serious, hilarious, quirky, disjointed allegory about 1960s upper middle class suburbs a spiritual story about people who have lost their connection to spirituality Hermetic tropes include the magic Negro faith healer who lives over a funeral parlor in the slums, two alchemists with different sorts of laboratories, a fairy tale bastard raised by a rich fairy grandmother, a sacrificial first born son, the summoning of erotic spirits, a variety of impossible to please White Goddess women alterna [...]
What an intensely odd novel The old adage that each novel teaches you how to read as you go doesn t really ring true here Bullet Park shifts modes at least twice, making for an uncomfortable reading experience Overall, it s a book that bears re reading, once you ve figured out its game The novel opens with an odd, lyrical, tense shifting passage that fades into a typical past tense third person narrative Early on it becomes clear this is highly satirical, though this becomes a bit of a problem [...]
Tellement bizarre Hammer and Nailles I mean, Jesus Christ But not.
Cheever draws up a story of ordinary characters playing out a slightly comical story A teenage boy stays in bed for weeks not necessarily sick until a holy man shows up at the house and inexplicably heals him A man obsesses over a room in a stranger s house falling in love with it, holding it as his only place of quiet and happiness then settles into the suburbs to murder the boy This story isn t remotely about murder His characters occupy the usual not all is as okay in the suburbs, which is ch [...]
It s not common that I take recommendations for reading from psychiatrists, but this was an exception The story about the upper middle class Nailles who manages to survive what initially looks like a neighborly encounter with Mr Hammer, is compelling even if you re not upper middle class, a drug addict, a father or, for that matter, male Despite what my pschrinck said at the time, I didn t find all that much to identify with in this book except for Nailles decreasing hold on self control , but i [...]
Good writing, bad ending.I like Cheever s style It s dry and witty A little bitchy In this day and age, a lot of the setup, describing a bland, suburban community with middle aged couples living hollow lives, seems all too familiar However, the saving grace is that you re not seeing all this from the point of view of an angst ridden teen or a parent that somehow sees the light, but rather the perspective switches from the antagonist a jaded, wealthy outsider to the protagonist a seemingly happy, [...]