Dive deep into John Cheever’s The Housebreaker of Shady Hill with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. A friend of mine suggested I read ‘The Housebreaker of Shady Hill’, and at the time I was resisting this writer’s work, for reasons that fail me. Cheever’s short story Housebreaker of Shady. Hill. The characters in these stories–upper-middle class suburbanites–live in a.

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Shares Facebook Twitter I think John Cheever and his short stories, and even his novels have been waiting for me to discover them.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill by John Cheever – Slap Happy Larry

Caught in the rain, Hake has a revelation: Aug 12, Amber rated it liked it. Stephanie rated it liked it Oct 20, Write yourself into a corner and you always have the weather.

Cheever does an excellent job of making Gil and the big boss shadt awful to work with.

Furthermore, his dream of the plastic-wrapped bread takes the form of an advertisement. David rated it it was amazing Feb 23, In this story, the epiphany that comes from getting wet is akin to a kind of baptism.

A few lines struck me We are told in the first sentence in stone or pounds the weight and then the number of feet, which can figured out easily on the net.

I adored the way that Cheever captured these early small-towners’ ideas about climbers, those born in the working class, the “developments” that were on their way, and the evil of the public library. It seemed wrong to him that young couples should begin their lives in an atmosphere that lacked grace Precipitation has been tempting young writers as a dramatic climax for a long time: Open Preview See a Problem? Patricia rated it it was amazing May 12, Again, his later stuff is more visceral, this collection of short stories seemed superficial in comparison to “Falconer.


She sent me through college, arranged for me to spend my vacations in pleasant landscapes, and fired my ambitions, such as they are, but she bitterly opposed my marriage, and our relations had been strained ever sinceā€¦I wanted to do it all over again in some emotional Arcadia, and have us both behave differently, so that I could think of her at three in the morning without guilt, and so that she would be spared loneliness and neglect in her old age.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill and other stories by John Cheever

John Cheever was an American novelist and short story writer, sometimes called “the Chekhov of the suburbs” or “the Ovid of Ossining. Sometimes, characters who are off-stage in the story are as influential to the plot as any who are present. The main character wants to be somewhere else, for sure, and wants to be someone else.

To provide financially for his family, at whatever cost. Cheever’s tales of stifled-but-hedonistic bedroom community life are not as outdated as you might think, and I love the no-fuss writing. So the housebreaker, who took a smaller amount than the aforementioned million, seems a good guy – At least from the perspective of a Bernard Maddoff, who robbed people of billions Where I come from, there is a permanent feeling that justice is not being served towards housebreakers and PSD barons alike.

Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig Sep 20, He becomes totally convinced of his criminality. John Cheever’s got a spot in my cynical heart. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Some people are better able to do this than others.


A White Plains matron had come home from a party to find her furs and jewelry gone. Leave a reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill by John Cheever

There is even a sense that it is worth stealing some millions, when all you have ahead is the perspective of a few years behind bars.

Trivia About The Housebreaker Women were taught to be mothers and homemakers, and that a strong interest in finances was unwomanly.

Can’t really go wrong with any Cheever short story. All around our villain-hero people sell shoddy goods or stocks and speak in plain terms about their targets- – He is so weak it is like robbery – With their money, you can clean them bill a million and they would not feel a thing.

The Warburtons have money, and their money is what separates them and the other suburban dwellers from the slum that exists in the city. Send me 3G1B posts by email! Cheever is like Salinger for grown-ups. To ask other readers questions about The Housebreaker of Shady Hill and other storiesplease sign up.

He flees with all of it into the night. Sixty thousand dollars of medicine had been taken from a warehouse in Brooklyn. There is a style among these writers that clearly defines modern man, educated and married, the company man, as hoysebreaker hollow shell of disappointment who has been successfully worn down by life, love and a overwhelming insecurity that wanders around even in my cold heart.

In this light, nakedness refers to the shamelessness of the idyllic, prelapsarian, pastoral landscape.