The Stories of John Cheever

The Stories of John Cheever

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When The Stories of John Cheever was originally published, it became an immediate national bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize. In the years since, it has become a classic. Vintage Books is proud to reintroduce this magnificent collection. 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 of life." From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1978.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780394500874
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Characteristics: viii, 693 p. ; 25 cm.

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julia_sedai
Feb 20, 2016

John Cheever's stories are mostly about upper-middle class Americans who live in the suburbs of New York and are unhappy people. They drink a lot, have affairs, and are usually very flawed, but you can imagine that they were real people. It's easy to see what kind of subjects Cheever liked to write about the most. I recommend reading this over the course of a few months and choosing one or two stories at a time. I read them all in a row, which was still enjoyable, but you start to forget what happened in them because they have similar characters and circumstances. Also it is a lengthy book (700 pages). 'The Swimmer' is definitely one of the best; some others I liked are 'The Enormous Radio', 'The Sutton Place Story', 'The Summer Farmer', 'Torch Song', 'Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor', 'The Chaste Clarissa', 'The Cure', 'The Duchess', 'The Scarlet Moving Van', 'The Music Teacher', 'Clementina', and 'Metamorphoses I'.

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lukasevansherman
Jun 19, 2014

"Oh, those suburban Sunday nights. Those Sunday-night blues!"
While John Cheever wrote some acclaimed novels, especially the two Wapshot books, his reputation rests on his generally excellent short stories. Like Updike, Yates, and John O'Hara, Cheever mapped out the emotional territory of usually white, upper-middle class men and women living in the suburbs, quietly watching their lives slip away, drinking too much, and having sad affairs. "Mad Men" definitely draws from this rich vein of American lit. With characters traveling to Rome, vacationing in the Hamptons, and having maids, his stories do have a whiff of East coast patrician privilege, but it's a minor complaint. "The Swimmer" remains one of his best and one of the best short stories of the 20th century.

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alimarks
Jan 29, 2014

"The Enormous Radio," "Goodbye, My Brother," "The Country Husband," "The Five-Forty-Eight," "The Swimmer, & "Reunion" only. LOVED "The Enormous Radio" & "The Swimmer."

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