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The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
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The Stories of John Cheever (1978)

by John Cheever

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One of the masters of the short story. His chronicles of life in upscale suburbia are shattering, elegant, and still ring true. ( )
  Paperpuss | Feb 25, 2019 |
You could give it 5 stars for The Swimmer alone. ( )
  AaronJacobs | Oct 23, 2018 |
I read through this over several years -- it's a huge collection of Cheever's short stories. Several are memorable, especially "The Enormous Radio" with its Twilight-Zone-like quality.

Highly recommend this volume, but expect to take a long time to get through all the stories. ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | May 21, 2018 |
a lot of cheever and i read it twice! ( )
  mahallett | Apr 5, 2016 |
Didn't actually finish but almost 700 pages Cheever is a bit much to handle...will return to it later...
My second favourite story is the first of _Three Stories_..."The subject today will be the metaphysics of obesity..." It's hilarious! ( )
  Rob3rt | Mar 3, 2016 |
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So look closely at his pages, no matter if you’re studying my tattered version, or if you have a clean copy in hand. Look at the perspectives—cockeyed but exacting. Look at the characters—messy and mesmerizing. Look at the sentences— they’re full of scribbled stars.
 
...There are colder, less hospitable places, of course. The tricks memory plays are usually flattering. But one of the surprises to be found in The Stories of John Cheever is that the stories are almost always better than people remember. Never before has it been possible to see so much of his short work so steadily and so whole. Never before has the received notion of a "typical" Cheever story—a satire on suburbia, based on fading Protestant morality —seemed further from the more complex and entertaining truth. This massive retrospective of 61 stories (selected by Cheever) is not only splendid from beginning to end paper; it charts one of the most important bodies of work in contemporary letters...
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Das grauenvolle Radio: Jim und Irene Westcott schienen jenen zufriedenstellenden Durchschnitt von Einkommen, Strebsamkeit und Ansehen erreicht zu haben, der in den Mitteilungsblättern ehemaliger Collegestudenten statistisch errechnet wird.
Der Schwimmer: Es war einer jener Sonntage im Hochsommer, an denen alle Leute herumsitzen und sagen: "Ich hab gestern abend zuviel getrunken."
Der Brigadekommandeur und die Golf-Witwe: Ich möchte weiss Gott nicht zu den Schriftstellern gehören, die jeden Morgen mit dem Ausruf beginnen: "O Gogol, o Tschechow, o Thackeray und Dickens, was hättet ihr nur zu einem Atombunker gesagt, der sich hinter vier Gipsenten, einem Vogelbad und einer Gruppe von drei Zwergen mit langen Bärten und roten Zipfelmützen aus dem Boden erhebt?"
Der Einbrecher von Shady Hill: Ich heisse Johnnie Hake.
O Jugend, o Schönheit: Wenn eine jener langen, zahlreichen Samstagabendpartys in Shady Hill sich dem Ende zuneigte, wenn alle, die am nächsten Morgen Golf oder Tennis spielen wollten, schon vor Stunden nach Hause gegangen waren und die zehn oder zwölf Zurückgebliebenen ausserstande zu sein schienen, Schluss zu machen, obwohl Gin und Whiskey bereits zur Neige gingen und hier und da eine Ehefrau, die nur noch bis zum Aufbruch ihres Mannes durchhalten wollte, dazu übergegangen war, Milch zu trinken; wenn alles das Zeitgefühl abhanden gekommen war und ...
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Enthält 12 Kurzgeschichten aus 'The Stories of John Cheever'. Bitte nicht mit der Einzelgeschichte verknüpfen.
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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

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From the Publisher: 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." A collection of sixty-one of Cheever's short stories, including four that have never been published in book form.

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