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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.
I came across John Cheever, because I'm a big reader of T.C. Boyle and eventually read somewhere that he'd studied under and been immensely inspired by Cheever. Lesen Sie weiter...Vor 22 Monaten von Bruno Teixeira de Sousa veröffentlicht
This book rocked! I had to read it for an AP English, so I expected it to be boring like everything else we read, but the themes and motifs (particularly fantasy/reality) were... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 30. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
Who would have believed that among all those closet victorians living in Shady Hill lurked such passion and antics? Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 6. März 1999 von "mambodog"
I can't think of another American short story writer who has pushed the bounderies of the form as much as Cheever. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 2. März 1999 veröffentlicht
I once told a friend that if I were ever shipwrecked on a desert island, this is the book I would want to have as my companion. She sent my book, with that comment to Mr. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 15. Februar 1999 veröffentlicht