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The Stories of John Cheever (Vintage International) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 16. Mai 2000

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  • Taschenbuch: 704 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Trade Paperback. (16. Mai 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0375724427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375724428
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 3 x 20,3 cm
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Think of John Cheever's fiction, and a whole world springs to mind--a world of leafy suburbs, summer houses, commuter trains, boarding schools, and inevitably, his own chosen territory, the cocktail hour among WASPs. But it's a mistake to approach Cheever as if he were merely some sort of anthropologist documenting the customs of an obscure and vanishing tribe. Nostalgia and class issues aside, his true subject is the darkness hidden beneath the surface of postwar American life. A case in point is his famous story "The Swimmer," in which an ebullient Neddy Merrill decides to swim home across the backyard pools of his neighbors. In the course of his journey, however, summer gives way to autumn, his neighbors turn against him, there are troubling intimations of disgrace and financial ruin, and he arrives to find his house both locked and empty.

Though these stories deal with bright, prosperous, ostensibly happy people, a cold wind blows through them. Age, illness, financial embarrassment, sex, alcohol, death--all of these threaten his suburban Eden. (Is it himself Cheever is mocking in his ironic "The Worm in the Apple"? "Everyone in the community with wandering hands had given them both a try but they had been put off. What was the source of this constancy? Were they frightened? Were they prudish? Were they monogamous? What was at the bottom of this appearance of happiness?") Inanimate objects carry the residue of their past owners' unhappiness and cruelty ("Seaside Houses," "The Lowboy"); expatriates long for but cannot quite find their way home ("The Woman Without A Country," "Boy in Rome"); children vanish or turn out badly (too many stories to count).

All of this is conveyed in prose both graceful and tender. No one is better than Cheever at describing a character's appearance: "He was a cheerful, heavy man with a round face that looked exactly like a pudding. Everyone was glad to see him, as one is glad to see, at the end of a meal, the appearance of a bland, fragrant, and nourishing dish made of fresh eggs, nutmeg, and country cream." Given his uncanny eye (and ear) for realistic description, it's easy to forget how experimental Cheever could be. His later stories pioneered authorial intrusions in the best postmodern style, and from the beginning, he wrote what would much later be called magical realism. (Think of the sinister broadcasts in "The Enormous Radio," or the phantom love interest in "The Chimera.") A literary event at its publication and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1979, The Stories of John Cheever remains a stunning and enormously influential book. --Mary Park -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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"John Cheever is an enchanted realist, and his voice, in his luminous short stories and in incomparable novels like Bullet Park and Falconer, is as rich and distinctive as any of the leading voices of postwar American literature." —Philip Roth

"As stories go, as compellingly readable narratives of a certainsort of people in a certain time and place—our time and place—John Cheever's stories are, simply, the best." —The Washington Post

"Profound and daring...some of the most wonderful stories any American has written." —The Boston Globe

"Not merely the publishing event of the 'season' but a grand occasion in English literature." —The New York Times

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4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von asphlex am 14. Juni 2000
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John Cheever was the best American writer. No, I'm not just talking about of his era; I mean ever. It's true. Sure, glancing over his novels, you might find yourself checking ahead occasionally, enjoying yourself, caught up in the vivid lives of his creations, then going back and marvelling over the absolute perfection of his language, of the narrative structure, of every single itty bitty word chalk outlined around these actual lives. Then there are his shorter works.
In this book, there is not a single clunker, no filler, no by-products. John Cheever was and still remains the quintessential American short story writer. This book, in my clearly not so humble opinion, is the second finest collection of short fiction ever published (behind the still thriving William Trevor's endless Collected Stories), but I am an American and American lives, American incidents, American dreams and failures are what ultimately interest me. This is not a book of fiction but a cleanly scrubbed window into reality of place and time and day to day to day to day of people like you, people like me, people like that jerk across the street and that unattainable sweetheart down the lane. Here is America without the slam bam rhythm of our newspaper exaggeration. Here is America. Here is our soul.
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Like Hemingway and Carver, Cheever is among a handful of the most influential short-story writers America has ever produced, but unlike his peers, he is also one of the world's greatest storytellers. Do you know of another writer with a greater command and versatility with the narrative? It sometimes seems to me that virtually every writer out there is not writing stories at all, but anecdotes. Cheever wrote stories, great ones, and in the tradition of Chekhov and Maupaussant.
I loved "The Country Husband," "The Swimmer," "Torch Song," "The Angel of the Bridge," "The Scarlet Moving Van," "Clancy in the Towel of Babel," and "The Five-Forty-Eight." Every single story in this book is from very good to awesome; there isn't a single stinker. If you are a young writer you must read Cheever; and not just for the sweet prose style or the distinct dialogues or the impeccable construction, but because he makes the craft of writing seems so exciting and possible and noble.
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I bought a used copy of this book and on the cover there is an upper middle class couple having drinks around a dining table in the drained swimming pool in their backyard. At first I didn't think much of it, but after reading the stories, I think it makes so much sense. There is always something slightly off about Cheever's stories, but it's hard to put your finger on what that is. It took me a little while to get into these stories, but after a while I came to love them. By the end of the book, the ending of the story, Another Story, knocked me breathless. The best ending to a short story I've ever read. I have also see how influential Cheever was on contemporary American short story writers, at least Tobias Wolff, Mary Robison and I think Lorrie Moore as well. This is the sort of book you want to savor , a couple stories a day. Cheever is a master of subtly shifting the mood of a piece. Out of the blue you'll suddenly realize you're in a different place from where you started.
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I am scared to review this book because I know nothing I can say will do justice to it. I will try to begin by saying that here Cheever sheds a brilliant light on the men and women of his time. The suburban WASPs of the 1950's, characters I knew only as the smug, stiff-necked bourgeois of pop history, are rendered here in flesh and blood and love and fear and nostalgia and a love of beauty. In Cheever's own words, "their gods are as ancient as yours or mine, whoever you may be." The result is some of the most beautiful, tenderest and most enlightening stories of any age. Let me stop here. Just read it.
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I bought this book in the early 80's when it came out in paperback. I have read maybe the first 10 or 11 stories, mostly when I am between books. You have to savor each, one at a time. Your mind will accumulate all sorts of thoughts and ideas in the days after you read each story. Cheever had a very special view on people and life.
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Table of Contents:
Good Bye, 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 More 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 Città ; 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 History of Vintage.
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